What Is Proper Care for Dwarf Rabbits?


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Dwarf rabbits kept indoors are usually housed in cages, while those living outside require hutches, ideally with an enclosed room outfitted with a dry bed. Proper care for dwarf rabbits varies depending on whether they are living inside or outdoors. Dwarf rabbits are, as a whole, quite hardy and adapt equally well to life indoors and outside.

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What Is Proper Care for Dwarf Rabbits?
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Dwarf rabbits living indoors need a cage, water bottle and litter box. Sometimes cages come with removable plastic trays, which makes cleaning a bit easier. Cages can get smelly quickly, and should be cleaned every day to prevent the unpleasant smell of ammonia from radiating through the house. Rabbits kept inside should have at least four hours’ worth of playtime daily, and their cages should be four times their body lengths. Owners can also enclose rooms with fences, called runs, to let rabbits run around outside the cage for exercise too.

Dwarf rabbits living outdoors should be placed in hutches, which are ideally enclosed on three sides to protect rabbits from the elements and covered with sturdy roofs. Hutches should be lined with bedding such as hay and straw to keep rabbits warm, and can be equipped with runs to give rabbits room to play. Outdoor hutches need to be extremely secure so that predators cannot get into them.

Regardless of location, dwarf rabbits need clean, fresh water, and a daily supply of rabbit food, which can be purchased at pet shops.

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