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My 10 year old Rex Rabbit lives outside and my relatives are saying to take her in this week.Should I still keep her out?She has lived this long and is very healthy and one year it was -10 and all was ok.She has lots of hay she pads down in the protected bed area and snuggles in the middle and i put out warm water twice a day and she is eating very good.

Dear Donna,

If you would not like to be outside in the cold yourself, then that should be enough evidence for you to bring her in.  She may *survive* out there, but she will be miserably cold. And being a Rex, her coat is thinner than that of most rabbits, and offers her less protection.

Bring her inside when the weather is very cold or hot.  It's the only humane, kind thing to do.  

Besides, she must be terribly lonely out there all by herself.  You're missing out on a great companion by leaving her outdoors, especially at night.  As she's now an elderbunny, she belongs indoors at least at night, where she will be safe from environmental extremes and predators.

You can read more about making her a house rabbit (litterbox training, etc.) here:

I hope this helps.



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