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Old 12-21-2016, 02:35 PM   #11
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Your rabbit is so cute!! Is this setup in your room? Is he free range or will he be in that crate at night?


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Old 12-21-2016, 02:36 PM   #12
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What is the temperature outside where you live?


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Old 12-21-2016, 07:49 PM   #13
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Is George even neutered?

You may end up having some issues with him inside if he is not. Especially since he has been outside.
Yes George is neutered but... the main issues for me is will George enjoy being inside? He has been outside the majority of his life. So I guess the question is:

How can you acclimate a outdoor bunny without getting them to stressed out?

I was considering small steps like when I bring him indoors at night and slowly acclimate him through that but in reality like everyone else has written I can cause A LOT of stress on him if I do that or the trial period.

Maybe a longer trial period? I have seen a week to a month done?

Sorry for my rambling on...

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Old 12-21-2016, 08:02 PM   #14
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Your rabbit is so cute!! Is this setup in your room? Is he free range or will he be in that crate at night?
Hi katiecrna,
Thank you! The set up is in my room and a little into the hallway... He is free to roam around house but isn't really familiar with the other parts. I'm planning to get him a crate and some NIC grids for the future just because my setup for him is growing bigger and bigger and I'd like to keep it more compact otherwise it's a handful to clean...

At night he is free ranged still.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:10 PM   #15
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What is the temperature outside where you live?
As of right now it's 21C/70F but it's only morning so it does get hotter throughout the day. As long as it doesn't get up to extreme temps like 80? It will be ok!
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:11 PM   #16
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Be careful about letting him just freely roam. Better to keep him confined to the sections shown in your photos. That makes things easier for him (smaller area to get used to) and will prevent any accidents. If he gets loose and chews furniture or cords, your parents aren't likely to appreciate that. It can take time to bunny proof an area. and often that is from trial and error. As he gets more comfortable with his new set up, he may become more bold and test his boundaries.

He sure looks relaxed in the photo of him inside. I agree that he should remain inside for awhile. Taking him inside and out is not helpful and doesn't help him transition -- it just makes it more confusing and difficult for him since his environment would keep changing. Better to just let it be one change and then he can adapt sooner/quicker.
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Be careful about letting him just freely roam. Better to keep him confined to the sections shown in your photos. That makes things easier for him (smaller area to get used to) and will prevent any accidents. If he gets loose and chews furniture or cords, your parents aren't likely to appreciate that. It can take time to bunny proof an area. and often that is from trial and error. As he gets more comfortable with his new set up, he may become more bold and test his boundaries.

He sure looks relaxed in the photo of him inside. I agree that he should remain inside for awhile. Taking him inside and out is not helpful and doesn't help him transition -- it just makes it more confusing and difficult for him since his environment would keep changing. Better to just let it be one change and then he can adapt sooner/quicker.
Thank you for the info! I'll make some improvements and talk about the stress with my parents.
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I can totally understand how unreasonable parents are. My mom after my angora died from a seizure, refused to let me get another, citing the 'lack of space inside' that somehow wasn't an issue with the previous 5 rabbits we had. Some people have very primitive views on animal care. I never understood the point of having a pet if they were segregated to outside and you barely got to interact with them. Why have a rabbit if it's outside, just enjoy the wild ones. It might just get down to the point where you have to deal with your parents decision, even if it's stupid and wrong. All you can do really is make your pet comfortable outside, and visit him often. Perhaps bunny proofing the house and asking him to come in and visit for short periods of time is a good starter.
You might want to phrase it as a financial problem as many people that think animals should stay outside often don't bring them instead unless they think the pet might cost them money if he's at risk, like 'if he's outside he might get killed by a cat?' or 'he'll live longer if he spends some time indoors' or 'he could pick up a parasite if he remains outside' (course that can be a double edged sword so be careful). I totally empathize, but you might not be able to have a rabbit in your home until you move into your own place. I know that's where I'm at now.
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Thank you Alek!
It has been a while since I have posted and I am glad to stay George does get to stay indoors at night. I am still working on the indoor living situation... but I don't think my parents will budge.

One thing I always have trouble persuading is if George wants to live inside or not. My parents point out that he has lived outdoors free-range his whole life and loves being outside. And that it isn't right to keep him inside for my own 'amusement'. But when you think about it because he has been outdoors his entire life he will naturally feel at home outside not indoors.

I was thinking of doing a petition and asking how many signatures my parents wanted in order for George to be let inside but when I repeated that through my mind I actually sounded quite 'bratty'

If you have any thoughts I'll be glad to hear
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My personal opinion (no intention to hurt anyone)
- keeping rabbits indoors 100% of time sucks big time (from rabbit's perspective, I think). My rabbits spend a night inside (in garage) and a whole day they are outside. Once I had to keep one of them inside for several days due to illness, and she became clearly depressed from seeing no sun. The vet told me to let her out even though her condition called for staying indoors. He said her moral health is even more important. I let her out and she got well soon.
- at night, I think it's better for them to be indoors. Just for safety and weather reasons. Not sure about big changes in temperature. Never had a problem with it, but I keep it cool in garage for them.
Of course, when the weather is extreme all this doesn't apply. I bring them in when too hot, too cold, tornado, bad thunderstorm, etc.
- Its easier to bond with a human when they spend some time in the house, especially if you have only 1 bun. But I would still take him out every day. We all need sunshine to thrive.

PS I pretty much agree with your parents.
Have you thought about getting him a bunny friend? (sorry I haven;t read thru the whole thread)



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