Rabbits quickly become bored, depressed and overweight when they are left in hutches all day long. A happy rabbit needs space to move, it likes to have exercise and graze on fresh grass. The safest way to let your rabbit out in the garden is by using a rabbit run. The runs are covered so the rabbit is protected from potential threats such as hungry foxes or dogs.
If you are able to let your rabbit run lose you must ensure that the area is safe and be prepared to supervise the play time to ensure it doesn’t get into trouble. Before you do make sure that:
- Your garden is fenced in with no gaps for the rabbit to escape or for predators to get in. Foxes pose a real threat along with cats, dogs, large birds and squirrels.
- Attach mesh wiring to the bottom of the fence to prevent digging – ensuring the wiring goes down at least one foot underground.
- Don’t use pesticides, weed killers, insecticides or slug pellets in your garden.
- Check the garden for any dangerous flowers, plants or weeds that could be poisonous. There are many plants that can be harmful including: Buttercup leaves, cowslip, day lilies, hydrangea and more. For a full list of dangerous plants visit the Rabbit Awareness Week website.
If you’re not prepared to supervise your rabbit, or have any concerns about the safety of your garden, it’s a much better idea to use a run instead (ensuring it is away from any dangerous plants and is able to provide shade and remember to attach a water bottle), or let your rabbit in the home.
Before letting your rabbit loose in any of the rooms in your home you’ll need to:
- Make sure all cables and wires are out of reach or covered with suitable strong tubing – your rabbit will chew them!
- Keep your bunny in one room, shut the doors.
- All house plants need to be safely out of reach and check for any dropped leaves or flowers.
- Give your bunny safe toys to play with such as the Boredom Breaker Tumble n’ Treat.
- Make sure you pick up any toys, books or other items that you don’t want to be chewed or that could pose a threat. That jacket on the back of the chair might not look so good with bite marks taken out of it!