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Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
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Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spare a Thought for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Rabbits are now the third most commonly kept pet, with guinea pigs not far behind. Yet sadly, they can also be a half-forgotten pet - one that is bought for the children, is kept in solitary confinement (they are social animals), gets fed and cleaned out every now and then and then has to survive the winter in an outside hutch.
Rabbits were designed to live in burrows where they can maintain their living temperatures even when it is freezing outside. Hutches are not ideal for either species, but that is what most people use, so, since most hutches are made of plywood these days, why not make a jacket of the double-sided foil bubble wrap that is used for insulating lofts. It’s cheap and comes in a roll which can be cut and taped to fit the “bedroom area”. Put a cardboard box inside the bedroom which reduces the height and makes a very snug and cosy retreat.
And don’t forget to make a jacket of bubble wrap also to fit over their water bottles to stop them freezing when it gets really cold overnight.