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  • mludowise commented on mludowise's instructable Rabbit Cottage From a Hay Box1 week ago
    Rabbit Cottage From a Hay Box

    If your mom won't allow you to bring your rabbit indoors in the winter then, at a minimum, you should him a heater. I have this heater for my rabbits that I use in the house when it gets chilly, but it's rated to work outdoors. Be sure to also get the cover or it could be too slick for him to stand on.http://a.co/9JzWF5thttp://a.co/hP0wLB7

    I don't recommend keeping your rabbit outdoors, and most rabbit rescue groups agree. Domestic rabbits need to live in a temperature range of 60–80ºF and even in the warmest places (I live in California), it can get too cold in the winter. A rabbit can very easily die from heat exhaustion or freeze to death in extreme temperatures. Additionally, rabbits who live outside have shorter life spans because they're far more likely to contract a deadly disease from fleas or ticks. Most rabbits who live in hutches outside are often raised for meat, where their owner isn't concerned if they don't have a long happy life. A well cared for healthy rabbit will live between 8–10 years.Companion rabbits should indoors in pens with daily exercise time outside their pen or be free range ...

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    I don't recommend keeping your rabbit outdoors, and most rabbit rescue groups agree. Domestic rabbits need to live in a temperature range of 60–80ºF and even in the warmest places (I live in California), it can get too cold in the winter. A rabbit can very easily die from heat exhaustion or freeze to death in extreme temperatures. Additionally, rabbits who live outside have shorter life spans because they're far more likely to contract a deadly disease from fleas or ticks. Most rabbits who live in hutches outside are often raised for meat, where their owner isn't concerned if they don't have a long happy life. A well cared for healthy rabbit will live between 8–10 years.Companion rabbits should indoors in pens with daily exercise time outside their pen or be free range within the house (like a cat) and use a litterbox. Rabbits are very easy to litterbox train and most will automatically start using their litterbox on their own after they've been spayed or neutered. If you clean their litterbox every 1-2 days, you won't smell it. You should use paper-based litter (like Yesterday's News) and can purchase some that has baking soda included, which also helps. Rabbits should not be kept in cages because they need lots of space to run and play and wire-bottom cages can damage their feet. My rabbits live in a pen in my living room and are very good about using their litterboxes and they only start to smell if I don't clean their litterbox for multiple days in a row. Spaying or neutering your rabbit makes a huge difference in litterbox training and also in preventing bad behavior like chewing on furniture when indoors. Additionally, rabbits who haven't been spayed or neutered yet can sometimes have stronger-smelling scent glands, which is another reason to spay or neuter your rabbit. Female rabbits who aren't spayed are also 80% likely to contract uterine cancer before they're 4 years old, so if you have a female rabbit who's unspayed I highly recommend looking into spay services :-)The House Rabbit Society has great tips on how to setup an indoor living area for your rabbits and litterbox training. They also sometimes offer free spay/neuter services and have chapters all over the US.http://rabbit.org/faq-housing/http://rabbit.org/faq-litter-training-2/http://rabbit.org/faq-spaying-and-neutering/http://rabbit.org/independent-rabbit-rescue/I also recommend the Facebook page & YouTube channel for Lennon the Bunny, where Lennon's owner shows tips on caring for an indoor rabbit:https://www.facebook.com/LennonTheBunny/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSfEor0VihlL4fMt-VlLgQI hope these resources help!

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  • How to Make a Rabbit Cottage Out of a Hay Box

    Note that although the shelter bunnies chewed on the cottage a lot, they didn't chew through any of the places that had been glue-gunned because those are located underneath long flat pieces and away from chewable edges.

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