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    My parents r being really annoying my two buns have been inside now for maybe a month and my mum thinks itís disgusting and horrible and they should be kept outside and my dads taking her side so now when the snow goes they are going back outside there are lots of foxes in my area to and I donít know what to do they said if I donít put them outside I need to give them away and I donít think I can do that whatís would I do also my rooms the cleanests itís ever been with them inside so they canít complain there yet they do they say Iím going to catch a disease I tried to explain that they wouldnít keep me outside so I wonít keep them outside unfortunately they didnít find that a reason to keep them outside also not aloud vet vists I think the best option is to rehome but they are the best things in the world to me I think about them all day


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    Auto correct done a bad job there


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    Hi Pepperandclover,

    I think the greatest danger of putting them outside at this time of year would be the temperature difference. If they get put out in this weather when they're used to the indoors they could freeze to death. What outdoor accommodation do you have available for them? Rabbits need a hutch at least 6ft long x 2ft deep x 2ft tall and a run at least 8ft x 6ft x 3ft. If they have 24/7 access to the run, like mine do, it needs to be 100% dig proof/fox proof/escape proof.

    Could you explain this to your parents and see if you can keep them indoors until Spring when the weather starts to warm up, and you have suitable outdoor accommodation for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beapig View Post
    Hi Pepperandclover,

    I think the greatest danger of putting them outside at this time of year would be the temperature difference. If they get put out in this weather when they're used to the indoors they could freeze to death. What outdoor accommodation do you have available for them? Rabbits need a hutch at least 6ft long x 2ft deep x 2ft tall and a run at least 8ft x 6ft x 3ft. If they have 24/7 access to the run, like mine do, it needs to be 100% dig proof/fox proof/escape proof.

    Could you explain this to your parents and see if you can keep them indoors until Spring when the weather starts to warm up, and you have suitable outdoor accommodation for them?
    they have a pets at home two story hutch I have tried to keep it insulated but itís really cold I live in Ireland so itís always cold never warm they have also escaped 3 times from there hutch and we are not sure how the doors are secure and a struggle to open nothings loose


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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperandclover View Post
    they have a pets at home two story hutch I have tried to keep it insulated but it’s really cold I live in Ireland so it’s always cold never warm they have also escaped 3 times from there hutch and we are not sure how the doors are secure and a struggle to open nothings loose


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    They would also really need a run attached to the hutch so that they can get sufficient exercise. I'm sure that more people on here will advise, but I'd strongly advise you not to put them outside until Winter is over. They won't have their Winter coats so the cold could very easily kill them.

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    Hi!

    Feel free to let your parents know that rabbits are very clean animals, and the suggestion of them giving you a disease is just silly. Unfortunately it sounds like they don't understand much about bunnies at all. Have you tried informing them with what rabbits are actually like? Via Google etc!

    I Completely agree with beapig, your bunnies would not have built up a winter coat at all and it's unfair to put them outside in such cold temperatures! Could you not maybe keep them inside till the spring?

    I don't mean to come across mean, but I'm also a little concerned why your parents won't allow vet visits. This isn't ideal at all, who cuts their claws to keep them short? And what about vaccinations? Also God forbid but what happened if one fell poorly? Unfortunately all animals need necessary vetinary treatment through their lives and think it's unfair for your parents to say that to you sorry.

    Also just to check are they neutered and bonded together?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthyjones89 View Post
    Hi!

    Feel free to let your parents know that rabbits are very clean animals, and the suggestion of them giving you a disease is just silly. Unfortunately it sounds like they don't understand much about bunnies at all. Have you tried informing them with what rabbits are actually like? Via Google etc!

    I Completely agree with beapig, your bunnies would not have built up a winter coat at all and it's unfair to put them outside in such cold temperatures! Could you not maybe keep them inside till the spring?

    I don't mean to come across mean, but I'm also a little concerned why your parents won't allow vet visits. This isn't ideal at all, who cuts their claws to keep them short? And what about vaccinations? Also God forbid but what happened if one fell poorly? Unfortunately all animals need necessary vetinary treatment through their lives and think it's unfair for your parents to say that to you sorry.

    Also just to check are they neutered and bonded together?
    If one got sick I would try to treat them my self although I have no veterinarian skills they are also not neutered or bonded but my parents have agreed if they begin to show aggression then they can be neutered I cut there claws to keep them short I have had them for a few months and never cut the quit good news Iím aloud to keep them in until the beginning of spring Iím also quite good at persuading people but my parents know me two well I managed to persuade them to let me bring them to a vet if itís under £100


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    Which sex are your rabbits? If they are not bonded, are they living in separate housing?

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    Sorry but it is actually against the law to withhold veterinary treatment from an animal that needs it. Some vets fees are under £100, some go well into the £1000s I'm afraid. Insurance is a good way of helping with the risk of that.

    I'm afraid it would be very dangerous for your rabbits to go outside in the cold now after being inside. Perhaps you could show your parents this site and try to educate them in what is best for the rabbits.

    If you do have to rehome them then I would ensure they go to a rescue who can get the best possible home for them.

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    You hopefully don't have a boy and girl as they will breed of course. Rabbits are very sensitive animals very misunderstood and need to be cared for knowledgeably as they can soon become ill. Pets at Home sell covers for their hutches which aren't brilliant but better than nothing. This is for next winter. Good luck with your rabbits, your parents are not the only ones who don't know a lot about rabbits, sadly.

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