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Forum DIET & CARE Outdoor rabbit home

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    • CarolD
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        In my community, we have quite a few wild rabbits. But also have feral cats that eat the bunnies.   I would like to build a house that sits on ground for rabbits to go inside, but with a door that the cats cannot go thru.  What would be a good width as I know bunnies can squeeze where cats cannot.   Trying to give them a safe place to live wild.

         


      • DanaNM
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          This is a very nice idea, but based in my own cats and bunnies, this would be challenging to do. Cats can squeeze into anything they can fit their head into.

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        • LBJ10
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            Is there any effort to try to trap these rabbits? Living in the “wild” is a hard life for domestic rabbits.

            I agree with Dana that it may be difficult to build a shelter that can keep cats out. The opening would need to be big enough for a bunny, but too small for a cat. Getting the size right would depend on the animals involved. If their head fits, they can squeeze through.


            • DanaNM
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                My interpretation was that there are wild rabbits but feral domestic cats, so I was thinking trapping the cats would help the buns.

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              • LBJ10
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                  Oh, they are wild bunnies and feral cats? Ah… yes, I would say trapping the cats would be the best solution then. Not only do feral cats harm wildlife and spread disease, they live miserable lives as well.


              • Azerane
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                  I genuinely don’t think it’s possible to build something that a rabbit can get into but a cat can’t. My childhood cat used to crawl into wild rabbit burrows to catch them. A burrow-type (pipe or similar, non slippery) entrance to an enclosure may dissuade some cats, but not all. Having both cats and rabbits now, you’d be amazed at the tiny space a cat can crawl into. My current cats are indoor only and leave the rabbits alone in their pen.

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