Once you have selected your rabbit it is important to consider whether you should keep your rabbit indoors or outdoors.
When taking your rabbit home, you must allow them to settle into their new surroundings. Do not handle them for the first 24 hours. This will allow them to relax and get used to their new home without too much stress.
Indoor rabbits are becoming increasingly popular and are known to be easy to litter train. They love human interaction, so an indoor environment makes for a very happy bunny. Keeping your rabbit indoors has also been known to extend the life span of your rabbit quite considerably. Nevertheless, it is important to realise that you will have to litter train your rabbit and bunny proof your house, as they do love to chew, especially on things like exposed wires.
A pair of rabbits that are living outdoor, can also enjoy a very fulfilling life. However, it is important to ensure that the hutch provides a large enough space for your rabbit, as they need plenty of space to stretch, hop 3 times, and stand up on their hind legs. Your rabbit will also need an ample size run so that they can get daily exercise and run around. Rabbits that do not receive enough exercise may be prone to health problems at a later stage. It is important that your outdoor rabbit receives a lot of attention and human contact, as they will become lonely and bored if left unattended for long periods of time, which results in a very unhappy bunny. Like humans, rabbits do not like being cold so it is worth providing them with extra bedding in the winter or bringing their hutch into an inside space.
We can help guide you with our rabbit checklist so that you feel at ease with your new arrival.