If you’re lucky enough to share your home with bunnies, you’ll know that a rabbit’s home is truly their castle. They love a place to call their own and just like in the wild, most indoor bunnies will defend, organize, and maintain their personal space with valor, dignity, and pride.
Surprisingly, rabbits are very comfortable living in a house. They can also create wonderful companionships with other pets in the household. It is not uncommon for rabbits to form bonds with cats, dogs, and even birds and mice!
Bunnies in the House
Having rabbits living with you at home is the best way to really get to know their personalities. Every bunny is different, and being up close and personal can be very rewarding as well as educational!
House bunnies become part of the family. You share so much time together that the relationship you have with your pet rabbits become similar to the relationships you have with your children. You get to really know them, and they really get to know you.
House rabbits are clever. They will cotton on to your routines, especially where food is involved, and will anticipate your schedules.
They also know what you like and what you don’t like.
House vs Outhouse
I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life with house rabbits and I will always choose to have my bunnies indoors rather than outdoors. I can say this because I’ve had both. I’ve watched, learned, and documented how domestic rabbits behave, both in an indoor environment and an outdoor one.
I’ve noticed that, in my 40+ years of being around rabbits, they form a strong bond with people they like and who treat them well. Take a look at the bunnies on the famous Japanese Rabbit Island and you’ll see my point. They crave human contact.
Kennel-Aire Bunny House
They remember too. They remember faces, smells, and personalities. So don’t upset your rabbit or they’ll sulk, like spoiled children. But don’t worry. They’re not going to hold a grudge for long.
However, I’ve also noticed that some breeds actually prefer being outside, especially in warmer climates where an indoor environment is just too hot for them to regulate their temperature efficiently.
Made with strong wire, the arched roof bunny cage provides secure protection while giving bunnies plenty of room to play
Bunny House Rules
I think the longer a domestic pet rabbit lives with you, the better the relationship is between you both. A rabbit learns and adapts to your schedules and routines!
Still, it is important to establish ground rules from the start when you bring a rabbit into your home. Rabbits are quick learners, so just make sure they know you’re the boss!
I fondly remember my pet house rabbit ‘Diesel’, who was so named because of the brown trickle-shaped splodge down the front of his face. Now he was a clever house bunny. He used to sit at the bottom of the stairs at exactly 5:30 pm and await my arrival from work. I had a friend stay for a few days and she informed me of his routine.
He also knew to stay out of the spare room. I only had to say ‘no’ a certain way and he would stop dead in his tracks and change direction. He also knew when dinner was coming, which was usually after a certain TV program had finished. He’d be ready and waiting by the fridge door.
So, he knew me, and I knew him too. I knew he had a craving, an uncontrollable desire for all things ‘cable’. He just couldn’t help himself. I spent a fortune cladding all the wiring everywhere!
And yet, every bunny is different. I had two house buns that only liked leather shoes and never touched cables. My well-to-do friend was not impressed when he left my house after a coffee one afternoon since his Italian designer dress shoes were nibbled to destruction!
I have a house bunny now that can go without those things. He’s just not interested in anything you’d consider really naughty but put a cardboard box anywhere within sniffing distance and he’ll get his nibbly-gnashers into it like a starving piranha!
Crazy Bunny Mummy!
Some rabbit owners go all out and create home environments for their bunnies like they were their children, and why not?
The bunnies love it and the owners get immense pleasure from it.
Living World Deluxe Habitat
Bring it on, I say!
A hybrid cage, consisting of an upper wire frame and a plastic bottom base, provides a safe, well ventilated and comfortable place for small pets.
Don’t Miss Out
Understanding likes and dislikes, on both sides, is a bonus of having house rabbits in your life. The close interaction and consequential discoveries made thereafter are unique to the indoor habitat situation.
It is quite rare to have such a deep bond and intellectual understanding with pet rabbits that spend all their lives outdoors. You just don’t spend as much time with them, and both of you will miss out on so many good things.
Just remember though: rabbits are natural foragers. Digging, nibbling grass, and jumping around outside is all part of their natural behavior pattern. Not letting them do what comes naturally to them goes against the Animal Welfare Act, so please, please give your bunnies plenty of outdoor time!
Don’t Have Bunnies Yet?
Surely you must be craving for your own house rabbit now!
If this has made you want to get a rabbit, then please don’t buy them from a store or even a breeder. Adopt your bunnies from a rescue center. There are thousands of bunnies desperate for forever homes right now, and they’re just around the corner!