How to Choose A Rabbit Cage or House

06/08/2013

How to Choose A Rabbit Cage or House

 

If you currently have pet rabbits, or are considering getting one, you should give some serious thought to bunny housing. Chances are that the home your bunny lived in before coming to your house was not really big enough. You want to give them the best, and that includes good housing.

The more space it has, the better. If you have dwarfs, don’t be fooled by the cages at the pet stores saying they are for “guinea pigs and dwarfs”. They are very active and need a lot of room to move and jump and play and run.

They need a lot of stuff, and that stuff takes room. Your bunny will need a full-size litter box, and if you have two, you might need two litter boxes. You’ll need a hay box, a food bowl, and a water bowl or (preferably) water bottle. And that’s just for nutrition and personal hygiene! It needs “stuff” to play with. You can find all kinds of cool toys for them online or at your local pet store.

You might consider a largish dog crate as a bunny home, and you could build in “stories” so your friend can have some vertical space to move around. In fact, these crates make excellent indoor hutches for bunnies. You can also find large cages, but they’re often every expensive. A better solution may be building your own cage.

If you’d like to build your own housing, you can use the wire-grid organizing cubes you find in the housewares departments of stores like Target and Costco. These cubes are usually called “Neat Idea Cubes”, because they’re for keeping stuff neat (not our name, but kind of clever). You can find ideas by searching online for “Neat Idea Cube crates” and similar terms. You can build some really cool housing for bunnies and other small animals using these cool cubes and some cable ties.

If you’re going to have bunnies, and they’re not going to have the run of your home (which they’re probably not), then the best thing you can do for them is give them plenty of room to roam when they’re in their “room.” Like any living being, they want freedom to move and play and stretch out. Give them that, and they’ll be healthier and happier, and you’ll have more fun owning them.

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