Originally Posted by rabbitgirl54
i have wanted my rabbits inside since the day my parents have said i could get them and they told me not because they would be happier outside but the only way i can bond with them is inside because of our dogs and the dogs would do no harm i just fear of stressing them at all and i feel like it would be better because then i could be with them more and could buy them more of the cuddle cups etc. then they would have since they live outdoors but i feel my battle with my parents will be very very long
- rabbitgirl54, stormy and baby
I am kinda in the same delema
I have tried lots of different 'tac tics' such as:
Doing my research on why indoor living is better for example:
-Rabbits live longer indoors
-Rabbits can be abused by animals and humans
-Rabbits can die of fright.. so if they saw a racoon, fox or snake (something scary) they can die instantly
-Rabbits who live outside are usually forgotten about and aren't used to human contact
-Rabbits are more likely to get a disease called fly strike
-A myth many people think is that pet rabbits know what plants are bad for them when actually they don't and they can die because of this.
-Rabbits also don't know if the grass has deadly fertilisers and/or pesticides on it
-Insects can harm and even kill rabbits more living outdoors
-exposure to the elements
-Your rabbit won't have a strong bond with you compared to someone owning a indoor rabbit
There are also indoor problems are well some are:
-hay gets everywhere
-need to rabbit-proof otherwise lots of chewed cords, nibbled furniture and so on..
-need to be litter trained or poop will be everywhere
-Rabbits will want to dig and will dig the carpet
-Rabbits are very adventurous... and will explore and could potently harm themselves while exploring e.g jumping and breaking their spine, etc.
As you can see there are a lot of cons to living outside.
I have also found doing a presentation to your parents might help. I have found this idea on other forms and it seems to have worked.
In this presentation you can explain:
The pros and cons of living indoors and the pros and cons of living outdoors
Why you think your rabbit(s) should live indoors
What you are prepared to do so your rabbit(s) can come inside e.g
-Clean daily for no smell
-Do homework before letting them out for playtime
And a trial period
A trial period is when you ask if your rabbit can live inside for two weeks or more or less and your parents see if they like it or not. I do not recommend this as if your parents do say no at the end of the trial period and you take your rabbit outside again the outdoors have a sudden temperature change e.g when you leave the house and go outside the temperature is not the same as it is inside it cold be colder or hotter outside.
I hope my ideas helped! I think I suggested some of these ideas in dept a little more back a few posts - maybe on page 1
I also have a dog and he gets along will my rabbit George ok. What breed is your dog? Is s/he a hunting breed?
Hope this helps