While some people keep rabbits outdoors, others have house rabbits and whichever way you choose depends on your own personal preference. In this short guide we will look at how to get started with both kinds of pet rabbits.
Indoor rabbits can be kept singly or in pairs, depending on how much time you will be able to spend with them. A single rabbit will require more interaction from its owners, to prevent it becoming bored, but can also be a loving and gentle companion. Your house rabbit will need a cage, so it has its own space to sleep in and retreat to and while many rabbit cages have wire mesh bases, it is safer for the rabbit to use a hard base such as wood, as mesh can be uncomfortable.
An outdoor rabbit needs a comfortable hutch with a run so they can get some exercise and preferably a playmate. Outdoor rabbits are great in pairs (if your rabbits are the opposite sex you will obviously need to have them neutered). They are sociable creatures and, even if you intend to handle and play with them, they will appreciate sharing their space with a companion.
Rabbits can live for eight years or more, so they are definitely a long term commitment. As they require attention, fresh food and water, consideration should be given to what you will do when you go on holiday (many catteries also take rabbits if you don’t have a friend who can care for them). As long as you are prepared to spend time getting your rabbit used to human interaction you can look forward to many years with a fun and rewarding pet.