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This is our first winter with our pet rabbit. Her cage is in the mudroom of our house. It is a large room and she gets out quite a bit to run. This room however is not insulated and it does get quite cold in there. Can the rabbit remain in this room for the long cold winter? What are acceptable temperature ranges for house rabbits to endure.

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Dear Pam,

Rabbits are most comfortable between about 45 - 75 degrees Farenheit.  They are much less tolerant of heat than humans, and they handle cold better than they handle heat.  Still, freezing temperatures are dangerous for them.

If your mud room gets below about 55 Farenheit, be sure to provide the bunny with a warm box with soft bedding (clean and dry) so he can cuddle up and generate body heat in the box.  Drafts are dangerous, so be sure he's protected.

But if the house itself is in the bunny comfort range, that's certainly the best place:  she can interact with the family and entertain you (and herself) all winter!

Hope that helps.  Please write back if you have any other questions.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

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For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

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I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

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Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
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