Many, many ages ago rabbits were wild animals, they were hunted for meat, and their skins, and they lived on their own in the harsh weather, and managed to scrounge for food, especially during winter, which was a hard time. Rabbits were not taken care of by humans, and as time went by the species started to develop and people were considering taking rabbits as pets. Now many people are raising rabbits, it started outdoors, then rabbits were kept indoors. Many people questioned this practice, as it may have been unethical to do so. However it was still done, ask they, the indoor rabbit house are still being kept.
Why is it important to keep rabbits indoors?
Keeping rabbits indoors rather than outdoors is important because outside is not a safe place for rabbits anymore. They have predators such as dogs, coyotes, owls, cougars, and more. For them a rabbit is a meal. It is much safer for them to be indoors rather than outdoors. It also because rabbits want affection and care, that is difficult to do when they are outdoors. And if they are not showed companionship they get depressed and may become ill. Plus the weather can weaken themselves. The weather can be chilly or too hot for rabbits, that it may shorten their lifespan. Rabbits can live up to 10-12 years, and it would be a shame too loose them at half their age.
Why can you keep them indoors?
You can keep them indoors because they won’t cause any harm, they are adorable, little creatures that are longing for affection and attention. So the only thing they will do is hop around and try to gain your attention. They are also not that hard to take care of. But most importantly rabbits are kept indoors because they are our companions, just like any other animal they make us feel better. And having a pet helps to connect families together, so raising a rabbit indoors could be beneficial to the whole family, it may increases the family bonding time and values, as everyone will want piece of cuteness. So if you want your family to be together more, or talk more a rabbit would be the way to go.
There are plenty of advantages of keeping a rabbit indoors, like;
- They are friendly, and docile creatures, so you won’t have to worry about them attacking you or causing any sort of harm. They love to socialize, so it is a great and easy way for everyone to get along, and be more active amongst each other, even if it means you are going to end up talking about the rabbit.
- Bunnies easy to take care of. Rabbits are extremely obedient and they will listen what you say so training them is simple, and doesn’t require much time. They are trained so that they can use their litter boxes rather than leaving small bunny feces all over the floor. They do not go anywhere that they are not supposed to. And these creatures care about their hygiene, they are constantly grooming themselves, so they are clean. This means that you do not have to worry so much about them. It shows that rabbits can take care of themselves. And can be left alone with out any horrendous situations taking place.
- Rabbits are quiet animals, they do not make any sounds and stay silent all day everyday. So if you live in an apartment or want a pet who isn’t too loud around the house then this is why rabbits should be raised indoors.
- They also require less space than other animals. Rabbits only need space to move around and stretch their legs, they just spend their time hopping for one place to another, or spending their time in their cage.
So it is possible to keep them indoors, rather than outdoors, as it isn’t much of a hassle.
Yes having a rabbit is easy and there is nothing to worry about, you can definitely keep them indoors, but there are some drawbacks, like;
- The destructive nature of rabbits. They are always gnawing at anything they can find, cabinets, sofas, tables, anything. They love to chew on anything they can get their hands on, or should I say teeth. This is dangerous for the rabbit as they could chew n something toxic. Overall raising a rabbit indoors means that a lot of furniture is going to be damaged.
- Owing a rabbit and raising it outdoors is expensive, but raising them indoors is more expensive. This is because play pens need to be bought, and cages for sleeping too, and bunny proofing the house is an even greater cost. Therefore make sure that you are spending, and saving wisely.
- Rabbits poop a lot, and I mean a lot. So if they aren’t trained, it would be all over the place, and as bunny poop ha an odour, the whole house will start to smell. And it is a very tedious task when it comes to cleaning it up.
- Bunnies are fast. So if they are used to the outside and get a glimpse of it they will try to make a break for it. So it is important that no door is open, or else they could sneak out, and due to their speed it is highly unlike to think that you would be able to catch them. And so after they disappear there is no way you can get them back.
So as the advantages also play a role in aiding to people to think that they can keep their rabbits indoors, the disadvantages also play a fair role. It’s is difficult to keep them outdoors especially as they are away from company, and have no one either. If you can’t bare to see those innocent creatures outside, the best thing to do is to allow them inside your home, they are practically family, and that is why we raise pets, to love them.
But if some people can’t see through the drawbacks, then it is their own thoughts clouding their judgement, or they do have specific reasons. However what matters is the acknowledgement of being able to keep rabbits indoors.