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    Default Does anyone have a house rabbit that they never 'contain'

    Since we lost Ozzie, Stan is now our last bun and he has decided there is no way he was living outside. We un-bunny proofed the garden, gave away the bunny shed and aviary then he started to play out! So we are now re-bunny proofing the garden

    In the house he doesnt move very far, very often or very much.

    We dismantled a dog crate to make a fence the width of our lounge so when we are out or in bed he is contained but in a large area, its about 4ft by 12ft.

    When we are in he has free run but never leaves the lounge infact rarely leaves the cats long fabric tunnel which he makes bee line for as soon as we open the fence.

    Do people with house buns leave them free or fence them in when not around?

    If we didnt contain him he could in theory go upstairs or in the kitchen etc but hes so lazy I dont think he would bother. The lounge is bunny proofed, the kitchen is by default.

    He has plenty toys, things to chew etc but we all know buns and their love of doing what they want and not what we want lol. He does interact with our 5 cats and regularly has to grunt at one to get out of one of his beds or his litter tray.

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    My two have free roam of the kitchen/diner. There's nothing that they can do there that will harm them. They can look outside from the patio doors if they wish, and the temerpature is not too hot or too cold. And when we are in, they come and sit in the living room with us. Henry bun will have a zoom upstairs and sometimes sit up there but that's when we are in so we can keep an eye on him. It seems to work for us.
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    Thank you. I am pondering maybe a couple of baby gates so he cant get upstairs and put some chicken wire or similar at the bottom so the cats can jump through but i dont think Stan would have he brain power to.....watch him prove me wrong again.
    To be honest I like him being in the house, dont like to think of him alone in the garden and my hubby although allergic to pet fluff so already taking medication is happy for him to be inside

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    Mr B was never contained but he rarely went out of the bedroom and hallway. Occasionally he would wander but I don't think he liked the laminate floors. Even if we were out all day he was never contained. We did shut the bathroom and living room door if we went out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig 1965 View Post
    My two have free roam of the kitchen/diner. There's nothing that they can do there that will harm them. They can look outside from the patio doors if they wish, and the temerpature is not too hot or too cold. And when we are in, they come and sit in the living room with us. Henry bun will have a zoom upstairs and sometimes sit up there but that's when we are in so we can keep an eye on him. It seems to work for us.
    it must be wonderful to have buns that will come & sit with you?
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    dear madcatwoman,-my condolences on the loss of your beloved ozzie,-,and I understand stan lost a mate/friend,-inside the house is the best place for a prey animal,-consider that you can monitor his health 24x7,attend to his needs..however free roaming is best in his own fenced space complete with,.hay bin,poop box,sleeping /hideaway boxes,--grasses,pellets,water-[mirror]-chew toys..-my wife and I found this to be a win/win situation..caution with other pets abound,--oddly our house cat loved the rabbit,they were inseparable..-sincerely james waller from across the great pond-usa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barn Yard Bunnies View Post
    Mr B was never contained but he rarely went out of the bedroom and hallway. Occasionally he would wander but I don't think he liked the laminate floors. Even if we were out all day he was never contained. We did shut the bathroom and living room door if we went out.
    Never even considered our floors, we have laminate right through downstairs with a couple of rugs in the lounge due to my husbands allergies and 5 cats. He maybe isnt lazy maybe he doesnt like the wood floor

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikek View Post
    it must be wonderful to have buns that will come & sit with you?
    I agree, I am very much Stans provider but thats it, he was a house rabbit when we rescued him as a baby and before bonding him into a trio he was a happy people rabbit. Now since living outside with our two Bridge buns he has become a rabbit rabbit. He does like the cats though, dont think either species has a clue what the other one is

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    Quote Originally Posted by madcatwoman View Post
    Never even considered our floors, we have laminate right through downstairs with a couple of rugs in the lounge due to my husbands allergies and 5 cats. He maybe isnt lazy maybe he doesnt like the wood floor
    Could be the floor. I used to buy cheap cuts of carpet for the bedroom and replace every few months, he loved to shred them and carpet right used to sell huge cut offs for 15 or 20.

    Mr B may have used all the rooms if we had carpet.

    The chinchillas and hamsters don't mind laminate, they happily run around but I think rabbits claws tend to slid on it.

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    My buns can free range most of the time though the office / guest room is out of bounds & at times the kitchen. Only Boo makes good use of all available space, Mouse sticks firmly to the lounge (their base) & Joey & rudey limited in how regularly they explore. Floor coverings have been significant in how a good many of my rabbits have been prepared to explore further afield. They've varied so much, a few will walk on anything, a few only on soft stuff (no lino / wood / tiles) but most inbetween.

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