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by Andrea Austin
If you really do wish to keep your rabbit outside, it can be done. Just make sure that you are careful to monitor your rabbits wellbeing and ensure his utmost comfort. You need to make sure that the cage is very sturdy and cannot be broken into by other animals, such as raccoons or foxes. Also ensure that neighborhood dogs will not come by and scare your rabbit by barking at the cage. It is therefore a good idea to keep the cage within an enclosure.
An outdoor cage needs to be in an area well protected from rain, wind, ice, and extreme heat. Do not leave a cage in direct sunlight, as it can overheat. If possible, keep it in a place where the temperature will be relatively constant, as rabbits do not like fluctuations in temperature.
Also, check the water dish in cold weather to ensure that your rabbit has enough to drink dehydration can set in if, for example, the water freezes and your rabbit goes without water for as little as a day.
Finally, keep the cage very clean to discourage insects from settling in.
Rabbits are most comfortable when the temperature falls somewhere between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. For most of us, it rarely gets much colder than that indoors, given our heating systems in the wintertime. But what about the summertime, when it can get hot and sticky, even when we have our poor, overworked air conditioners on? Well, that can be a real danger to rabbits, who may suffer heat stress or stroke when the temperature climbs over 80 degrees.
One of my favorite creative ways to keep rabbits comfy on hot days is to fill an empty plastic soda bottle (the big 2-liter kind) with water, then freeze it in the freezer. You can stick it in your rabbits cage and it will serve to bring down the temperature a bit.
Rabbits should be protected from getting overheated. In addition to keeping your animal away from direct heat sources, make sure the cage is not in direct sunlight or the direct path of a desk or floor lamp. If your rabbit is in a too-brightly lit area, he may feel uncomfortable, or can even succumb to heat stroke.
To ensure your rabbits optimal comfort, place his cage in an area that is well ventilated. If it is too damp, bring in a dehumidifier, and turn on a fan (away from the cage) to circulate air, dry up the dampness and enhance the overall quality of the air.
Ensure that the rabbit has a corner he can run to to be away from the rest of the family, as some rabbits like their private time, too. They wont appreciate constantly being on display and may get nervous if you keep them in a very busy central space.
A rabbits cage is extremely important, because its his home. Even if you let your rabbit run loose within an area, the cage is where he will probably return to, because it will contain his litter box and his food and water. Therefore, the cage has got to be big enough for the rabbit to fit comfortably inside and to move around freely.
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