What You Need To Know About Rabbit Cages?

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Chances are, your rabbit will be spending most of her time in her cage. Don’t think of it as prison; think of it as home. Whether your rabbit lives solely in her cage or gets time to roam the house or play in an exercise pen, her cage will be her nest! You can make a happy home by making sure she feels safe and secure and has everything she needs.

Cage Size

The first thing your rabbit needs is plenty of space. Your cage should be at least four or five times the size of your rabbit. She should be able to stretch out fully and stand up without bumping her head.

Our family rabbit had what we called a “bunny condo” with an enclosure at each end and a long run space in the middle. He ended up using one room for his bedroom and the other for his bathroom. We built the bunny condo by connecting two separate hutches; if you aren’t handy enough to build or create your own, you can find single story and two-story bunny condos available for sale online or at your local pet supply store.

Don’t try to house your rabbit in an aquarium or solid-walled cage — there just isn’t enough ventilation. Place your cage in a cool area of the house; a rabbit is happiest with a temperature between sixty and seventy degrees Fahrenheit. On especially hot days, you can place a frozen water bottle in the cage to help her keep cool.

Why Not A Wire Floor?

Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits’ feet aren’t very well padded. A cage with a wire floor can be very uncomfortable for your bunny! The gaps can trap toes and the hard wires can be painful on the feet. If you haven’t bought a cage yet, try to pick one with a solid floor or a slatted plastic floor so your rabbit has some places to rest.

What You Need To Know About Rabbit Cages?

Already picked out a wire-bottom cage? You can easily make it more comfortable for your bunny by adding a plywood board to rest on. Other options for cage flooring?

  • Carpet remnants
  • Grass mats
  • Newspaper (make sure the ink is non-toxic)
  • Towels
  • Synthetic sheepskin
  • Linoleum (try to use a roll, rather than separate squares)

Just watch your bunny’s chewing habits. If she chooses to gnaw on the floor covering, make sure you choose something safe for her system — like newsprint, towels, or natural fiber mats.

If you’re feeling crafty and creative, you can make some cage renovations. Use wire clippers to cut the bottom out of the cage — when your bunny isn’t in it, of course!

Enclosures, Toys, and Feeding

An empty cage isn’t much of a home, is it? You need to spruce the place up a bit for your bunny to be truly happy.

Place the litterbox in the corner of the cage that your rabbit uses as a bathroom. You may find your bunny spends a lot of time sitting in the litterbox — especially if it has a cover. She may appreciate another enclosed space for hiding or napping. A cardboard box makes a quick and easy enclosure.

Your rabbit needs access to fresh water at all times. If you choose a water bowl, make sure it is heavy enough to not get tipped over. It may be easier to offer a water bottle that clips to the side of the cage. But the same rule goes for the food bowl — heavy and broad is better because it will be harder to tip. And make sure she has plenty of fresh hay — both for digging and for eating.

Shelves and ramps are great for exercising, exploring, and adventuring, as long as you have the cage space available. If your bunny is living the single-story lifestyle, that doesn’t mean she can’t have toys! Simple things, like cardboard tubes and old towels or washcloths can be hours of fun — both for chewing and for playing. Rabbits love to rearrange things, and your bun may spend a lot of her time moving toys, bowls, and floor coverings around the cage.

Letting Your Rabbit Out To Play

Door placement is an important consideration when buying or building a cage. Side doors may make it easy for you to clean the cage and add food and water, but they can bring out the worst in your rabbit. Hands coming in at eye level may be seen as threatening, and may earn you a nip. A top opening cage may not be as threatening for your rabbit.

Make sure the door is big enough, too — especially if you are using a litterbox for your rabbit. Cleaning will be a pain if the litterbox doesn’t fit through the cage door easily.

Until your rabbit is litterbox trained, you probably don’t want her to run loose twenty four hours a day. She should be kept in her cage when you’re not home to supervise her movements and especially when everyone is sleeping. Rabbits tend to be most active at dawn and dusk, so the best times for playtime will be when you first get up in the morning and in the early evening.

If you’ll be letting your rabbit out to roam the house, be sure you’ve bunny-proofed the rooms where she’ll be! Watch out for electrical cords, outlets, and equipment that may be damaged by chewing — and be dangerous for your bunny.