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Rabbits can live either outdoors or in your home. If the rabbit is to live outdoors it should be provided with both a hutch and a run. The hutch should be easily cleaned, dry and draught free. Rabbits will gnaw on their cage so ensure it is made of non-
Many hutches are too small for a rabbit’s proper comfort. Whenever possible a hutch should be large enough for a rabbit to lie stretched out, to hop three or four times from one side of the hutch to another, and to stretch fully upright without hindrance.
Elevate the hutch off the ground and place it where the rabbit can get sun in either the morning and evening but is provided with shade in the middle of the day. Without sunlight on the skin the rabbit cannot manufacture Vitamin D, ; this can worsen the effect of any dietary deficiencies of calcium. Provide an area where the rabbit can hide from view if he so chooses; given the opportunity rabbits enjoy hiding inside lengths of subsoil drainage pipe (110mm/4 ½ inches diameter min.).
Extra insulation around the hutch during bad weather keeps the rabbit happy and warm in its sleeping area. A plastic tray or liner in the bottom of the hutch is easy to clean – once a week the tray should be cleaned with a pet-
Bedding can be straw or shavings, wire flooring can provoke ulcers on the rabbits hind-
Rabbits need to stretch their legs, run and jump. Without exercise they become bored, depressed and overweight and are prone to osteoporosis. Grooming becomes more difficult when they are fat and this increases the likelihood of fly strike. Provide the biggest hutch and run you can. If space is limited you can construct a two or three story apartment with well-
Rabbits can make excellent indoor pets but you must bunny-
Rabbits can be litter trained by placing a litter tray next to a rabbit’s food dish. The rabbit will often sit in the tray to defecate and urinate soon after eating. Putting a few droppings in the tray may help the rabbit get used to the idea. The tray should not be covered (or it may think it is a burrow and not want to defecate there) and litter should be non-
Housing your rabbit