Bunnies in the garden: yay or nay? If you have open space available, it would be a pity to keep your bunny from running around, digging and hopping about in absolute freedom. However, we must keep in mind that living outdoors is riskier than domestic life, especially if we consider that our big-toothed, long-eared friends are usually born and bred in captivity. If you want to set your rabbit free, you must absolutely take some factors into consideration.
- Running away. First and foremost, make sure the garden is absolutely eviction-proof. This means doing things in such a way that your little explorer can’t squeeze through fence bars or dig under mesh. Rabbits are skilled diggers, and a simple mesh flush with the ground is an easy obstacle to overcome.
- Becoming prey. In addition to keeping Bunny from escaping, you must worry about keeping other dangers out. Rabbits are prey, and can easily be mortally wounded by dogs or cats. If this danger is present, keep your rabbit under your surveillance at all times whenever it’s outside.
- Fright. Rabbits are prey, and as such are easily spooked. When choosing its home, remember to pick a place away from streets and roads, with their rumbling cars and motorcycles, from barking dogs and any other potential source of stress.
- Parasites and diseases. Rabbits that live inside your home should be vaccinated; for outdoor rabbits, vaccines are an absolute must. Mosquitoes, flies and other bugs are always ready to transmit parasites and diseases, so pop by your vet and make sure your bunny takes all the necessary shots.
- Temperature. As long as they have the chance to grow their winter fur, rabbits can stand low temperatures pretty well. When it gets hotter than 25° C, however, they’ll likely suffer, to the point that they can die of heatstroke. To keep this from happening, place its house in the shade. If it becomes too hot, take your rabbit inside, where it’s usually cooler.
Now that you’re aware of the risks, make sure you have all you need to keep your rabbit in your garden – i.e. a suitable house. Perfect for indoor and outdoor use alike, the Grand Lodge Plus rabbit house is perfect for the garden or a porch. When you wish to set your rabbit free to roam around in the garden, just slide the ground floor door open.
When you want to keep your rabbit in its house, it’ll be comfortably settled in its roomy two-story home with a thermoplastic resin bottom it can’t dig and escape from. As it’s made with a solid structure made of metal mesh, it also keeps other animals, such as dogs and cats, from breaking in and hurting your bunny.
Its roof is solid but can be opened for easy cleaning inside, and protects your little friend during summer and winter. This rabbit house comes with all necessary accessories, such as trough, waterspout and food bowl.
On the second floor, there’s an inner house that can be used as a nest. Add a little hay or a soft cushion and your rabbit will have a cosy shelter that is perfect for some serious resting.