It's finally summer! It's so tempting to take your bunnies outside to stretch their fuzzy thumpers.
Here are some tips to keep your rabbit safe while outside
1. BUNNY PROOFING
Plants are the most common thing you will have to look for. While many garden weeds like dandelions and clover are safe for your rabbits to have an all you can eat buffet, be sure to do your research the plants in your garden to make sure none are toxic. For example, the fruit portions of tomatoes are safe for rabbits, but stems and leaves are toxic.
Equally important as things for rabbits to keep out of, is things that should always be available, especially if it's hot. Water and hay should be accessible to your rabbit, as well ways to keep cool.
2. LOOK UP
Depending where you live, your area may be prone to birds looking for their next meal. It only takes a second for them to swoop and pick up your rabbit. Neighbors' pets like outdoor cats, or off leash dogs may pay your rabbit a visit too. If your rabbit is in an xpen, you can get coverings that attach to the top which is actually triple purpose.
A. It keeps predators out (or will at least deter or slow them down)
B. It keeps your rabbit in. Acrobatic rabbits can attempt to jump even 4ft xpens!
C. It provides some shelter for your rabbit. Remember rabbits are not great with heat. Providing some shade for your rabbit cannot be recommended enough!
3. LOOK DOWN
Bunnies love to dig. What is on the ground? Can they dig under the fence or gate? Are there places (maybe the flower bed you spent hours on) where you wouldn't like them to dig? Blocking off these areas is the easiest thing to do, and staking down fencing will ensure your rabbit won't get their mischievous nose into the area.
If you're into serious bunny proofing renovations, bury chicken wire flat under your fencing, before you lay your sod. Rabbits may dig through grass, but will not be able to get through much of the topsoil and fit under areas.
As nice as it is to enjoy some sangria outside with your rabbit, keep in mind that not all rabbits are happy being outdoors. Many are much happier inside, where they feel safe. You know your rabbit best, and will know when they are uncomfortable or scared.