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4 Important Things to Know When Keeping Rabbits Indoors

Nicole Cosgrove

Every owner needs to make their bunny feel comfortable when keeping rabbits indoors.

This article brings you some tips on keeping rabbits indoors.

For years and years, cats and dogs have been part of the furniture in the houses of many pet owners. In the past, most people have kept their rabbits outside in outdoor hutches. Keeping rabbits indoors is a growing trend with new rabbit owners.

House bunnies can be great fun. This post brings you some tips for keeping rabbits indoors. This will help you understand how to keep your rabbit indoors safely. It will also prevent your home from being overrun by your pet.

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4 Things to Remember When Keeping a Rabbit Indoors

1. Chewing

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Chewing is a serious issue for many rabbit owners. As we’re sure you know. This raises concerns for two areas of keeping your rabbit indoors.

  • Rabbit Safety

Rabbits love to chew anything they can find. This includes electrical cables and other hazardous items around your house. You must rabbit-proof your house to prevent it from chewing these kinds of things.

  • Your Possessions

You want to make sure that no damage comes to your household items. We recommend keeping anything you don’t want to be damaged out of the reach of your rabbit. Rabbit toys are a great way to prevent your rabbit from chewing things it shouldn’t be.


2. Foul Smells

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One of the worst things about indoor pets is that they often leave their scent all over your house. Nobody wants to have that house that stinks of pet urine.

We recommend using a good quality rabbit litter. You’ll want to look for one that’s highly absorbent and controls odor. You can read our post which contains some great quality rabbit litter here.

Litter training your rabbit is key to helping it live indoors comfortably. We recommend getting your hands on a litter tray and some rabbit litter. Then getting your bunny all trained up.

Remember if your rabbit hasn’t been neutered or sprayed this can make it more difficult. This is because they will spray to mark their territory.

Rabbit droppings are dry and easy to sweet up so if accidents do happen they aren’t too inconvenient.


3. Rabbits Need Exercise

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Wild rabbits have the freedom to roam where they please. This is not necessarily the case for domesticated rabbits. However, the common ground is that both types of rabbits need to get enough exercise. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden we recommend letting your rabbit out to have fresh air every so often.

The obvious advantage of having a house rabbit is that it can have the run of the house. This means it gets a chance to get tons of exercise. Outdoor rabbits confined to hutches often don’t have this same privilege.


4. Do I Need An Indoor Rabbit Cage?

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Indoor rabbit cages are a matter of preference. Some people prefer not to have a cage at all for their rabbits. Others prefer to let their rabbits sleep in the cage but allow it to roam free during the day.

If you have other pets or children we would recommend getting a rabbit cage. This would be handy for those moments where you need to separate them from your bunny. Ultimately this is up to you.

Make sure that if you do choose a cage, you pick a cage that’s the correct size. If the cage seems too cheap, chances are it might not be meant for rabbits. It’s not uncommon for people to buy hamster cages labeled “small pet” cages, without realizing these aren’t suitable for rabbits.

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Keeping Rabbits Indoors Final Thoughts

Ultimately it’s entirely up to you as to whether you want to keep your rabbit indoors or not. Rabbits can live a happy life both indoors and outdoors. It all goes down to having the right environment for your bunny to thrive in. This article has hopefully helped you realize the considerations you should make.

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.