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Question: Can My Bunny Go Outside?
All Work and No Play... AFTER Labor Day Sale!
Online Fun
Help Us Spread the Word About Petwerks.



CarrotQuestion: Can My Bunny Go Outside?
by Scot Leith

Ooh, that’s a tough one. The following advice comes with the caveat that there will always be exceptions to any rule (as you can see below, DerbyCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License by  Carly & Art looks pretty comfortable outdoors). The key here, as with almost anything, is to carefully consider what risks are involved, mitigate those risks whenever possible, and carefully decide if those risks are outweighed by the benefits.

Derby ponders his next move by Carly & Art, on FlickrIn most instances, your house rabbit probably shouldn't go outside for playtime. As a domesticated pet, your bunny has not had to learn the necessary skills to survive outside by itself. However, it still holds some very deeply ingrained habits and beliefs based on its DNA as a prey animal. You need to consider situations from the rabbit’s point of view. This requires you to “think like a rabbit,” and take some time to understand how the world looks to them.

There are many dangers for a bunny about in the world, whether you are in an urban area, a suburban subdivision, or a rural area. Cats, dogs, children, hawks, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, pesticides on lawns and gardens, poisonous plants… the list goes on and on. Even the shadow of an airplane passing overhead can be horribly frightening to a bunny. Remember, they are prey animals! A dark shadow coming over them could be a large bird swooping in to snatch them up. A frightened bunny can run amazingly fast (faster than you), squeeze through impossibly small holes in fences, into buildings, under decks, and jump and/or twist in such a way they break their own back.

As a result, what may sound like a relaxing afternoon outdoors to you may actually be a very stressful event for your rabbit.

Your yard may appear safe, but there are numerous dangers lurking just outside. Chances are, you cannot respond quickly enough to provide safety for your pet should these dangers come into play. Many hawks can dive at speeds over 200 miles per hour and can see prey from up to a mile away! I don’t think anyone could respond quickly enough to combat that. (And you'd be surprised how many urban areas have hawks.) Remember, as a prey animal bunnies think nearly everything is trying to do them harm. And often, they are right! An unfamiliar loud noise can cause a bun to bolt. They are quick to dart somewhere they feel may be safe, like the crawls pace under your home or beneath your deck. Trying to extract a determined and/or frightened bunny from there may be nearly impossible.

If you decide that your rabbit is comfortable and confident enough to enjoy time outside, do all you can to minimize the other risks out there. While a risk may be slim, it only takes ONCE for something tragic to happen. You can put them into a playpen, and it is recommended to have a cover on top to cut down on the risk of hawks and the fear of passing shadows. An x-pen with a fitted sheet stretched over the top works well.

Additionally, buns can dig very quickly through the ground and squeeze through small openings. If you do chose to take your rabbit outside, you should never leave them unattended. Provide continuous monitoring, even if they are in a playpen.

A better option is to use an enclosed porch or backyard aviary with a solid floor. Caution is still needed, as even then a curious dog or raccoon can be a cause for fright for your bunny, and may even burst through a screen to get to your rabbit.

It may be much easier to safely bring elements of the outside in to your bunny, be it the occasional pesticide free plant as a treat or by opening a screened window that is near their safe and secure indoor bunny home for fresh air.

As their caretaker, you have to make certain that if you are to allow them outside that no harm can come to them. As the above examples illustrate, that can be extremely difficult. It depends upon your particular situation and the local environment, but in most cases… I wouldn’t risk my bunny’s life on it. Your bun would enjoy just as much some focused playtime with you on the living room floor of their familiar home.

Carrot All Work and No Play... AFTER Labor Day Sale!
by Amy Young-Leith

All work and no play makes Jack Rabbit a dull boy! As the rest of the world deluged you with a Labor Day sale, we hoped you were out enjoying the summer with your friends and family. Now that it's back to the post-summer world, now's a great time to stock up on toys to keep your bun entertained and stimulated -- maybe they'll chew less on their favorite corner of the couch.

Through September 13th, 2013, BunFun readers will get 25% off a large selection of toys by using the coupon code TOYSTOYS (that's TOYS 2 times) during the online checkout process. All the toys shown here are available at this sale price! (Toys not shown here are not eligible for the 25% discount.) The discount will appear in your shopping cart when you check out and use the coupon code TOYSTOYS.


Petwerks Superchews...


Petwerks Snack Bag of Car...


Baby Bites Cardboard Chew...


Fruity Chews - Small 10 P...


Li'l Rings Pet chew/toy (...


Critter Cave Chew XXL...


Billy's Big Bag of Pineco...


Petwerks Naturals: Smal...


Petwerks Naturals: Smal...


Petwerks Naturals: Smal...


Petwerks Jumpin' Jacks...


Petwerks Ring-Toss Toy...


Holey-Moley Toy...


Petwerks Naturals: Dumb...


Petwerks Naturals: Funk...


Petwerks Naturals: Flin...


Petwerks Wire style toy h...


Pear Link Toy Hanger (sma...


Chew Swing-N-Tube...


Ring Puzzle...


Swing-Bob...


Toy Station...


Swizzle One - Big Bead...


Swing-N-Bop...


Swizzle Two - Cholla Chew...


Spin Center...


Cholla Dumbbell...


Double Play...


Palm Chew Dumbbell...


Rattle Roller...


Bunny Genius - Shell Game...


Tee Time...


Bunny Genius - Triple Sl...


Flip-N-Toss Carrot ...


Bunny Shake 'n' Chew...


Knot Nibbler - Big...


Knot Nibbler - Medium...


Knot Nibbler - Small...


Small Ka-Bob Refillable T...


Bunny Treat Ball...


Lattice Bell Ball...


Triple Play...


Dragon's Tail...


Firecracker...


Flower Power...

Here's an adorable photo that Jen sent us recently, after getting Wilson some new toys. Check him out, and what Jen has to say about Petwerks and some of our products!

My order arrived yesterday and I wanted to let you know that the toys are a big hit! Wilson's favourites so far are the dumbell spinderella and the wicker tunnel. He also likes playing with the bells on his hanging toys. I'm sure once he recovers from being overwhelmed with all his cool new stuff, he'll discover the toy parts of his hanging toys!

I absolutely love the hay rack! It holds so much hay and having a back on it really helps reduce waste. I had been trying to create a back for my pet-store wire hay rack with cardboard, but it never did the job very well.

Here are a few pictures to thank you for making such good-quality, safe bunny toys!

Thanks and have a great day,

Jen

CarrotOnline Fun
by Amy Young-Leith

Return of the Photo Contest!
Send us a photo of your bun, and you would win! Send us a good quality photo of your bunny, and if we chose it for use in the BunFun, we'll send you a FREE gift basket for your bun. Just send your photos to amy@leithpetwerks.com and I'll put them in the pot of potential winners. Send us a photo every month if you like! I'll keep previously submitted photos for consideration! [Fine Print: you can only win once a year. :) ]

A Picture from Heaven
Stumbled upon this, posted by BuzzFeed Animals, a great Twitter user to follow!

CarrotHelp Us Spread the Word about Petwerks!
by Amy Young-Leith

Photo from The Oregonian Help us spread the word about our unique housing and great selection of rabbit supplies for companion house rabbits. If your rescue, veterinarian, foster and adoption or public education event has a spot for information, we would be happy to send business cards, post cards, brochures and some easy-to-pick-up piece fun freebies such as fridge magnets, cups, pencils, pens, temporary tattoos, etc. for your attendees to snag! (Exact items will vary based on intended usage and availability.)

If you have an area in your adoption center where information is available, or if you are a veterinarian with counter space, we'd also be happy to send you a Promo Pack!

Requesting one is easy -- just complete the online request form!

(We are sorry, but due to the cost of these marketing items, we cannot provide them to individuals.)

 


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