Thinking of building a rabbit cage? Rabbit cages generally come in two different types: wood or wire. Both kinds have their positive and negative points. Ultimately, it will depend on what fits your budget, the size of your rabbit, and where you will keep your pet.
Wooden cages look nice and work well outdoors when building a rabbit cage. They protect your rabbit from wind, rain and sun. They last a long time and give your pet a safe place to live away from predators and other pets.
You can also paint the outside of the cage to match your yard accessories. You could even build a hutch that matches your house. Unfortunately, rabbits enjoy chewing on wood. If they can get a good angle on the wood, it won't take them long to chew through it. You also have to worry about using treated wood, which can be unhealthy for your pet.
Wire cages work well if your pet is getting shelter from the house, a barn, or a shed. You can even base a wooden cage around a wire cage. The wire will keep the wood safe from the rabbit, and the wood will keep the rabbit safe from the elements.
Most rabbit breeders use all wire cages that hang or stack. Trays can be emptied that collect droppings below the cage. Wire cages are easy to clean, but some rabbits get sore feet from sitting on wire all the time. This can be solved by providing a plastic resting mat, a replaceable grass mat, or a large ceramic tile. Tiles are especially nice on hot summer days since they stay cool. Rabbits tend to go to the bathroom on these smoother areas, so be prepared to clean them frequently.
Instead of building a rabbit cage, pet stores often sell wire cages with plastic bottoms. These types of cages work really well for house bunnies. The bottom can be filled with bedding. The top will detach easily so the bottom can be cleaned frequently. These cages work really well for many people, and some even come with a stand. These cages work especially well for small breeds. Larger breeds may feel a bit crowded inside.
So, where will your pet live? Deciding this will help you choose the right cage. If your pet will be indoors, you also have the option of building a cage using those metal mesh storage cube pieces. They snap together easily and you can make a cage that fits the space you have.
If your bunny must be outdoors, building a rabbit cage from wood and wire that will keep him safe and still offer a lot of room would be ideal. Outdoor cages must have waterproof roofing. During the winter, tarps can be added to the sides to keep the wind and rain out if needed, or the cage can be moved to a sheltered area.
Rabbits actually do quite well in cold weather. Hot weather, however, is another problem. Make sure you set your pet's cage where he has plenty of shade in the summer. Additional cooling can be provided in his cage by giving him an ice bottle made from a 2 liter soda bottle.
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