Your Rabbit Cage
If you are thinking of getting a pet rabbit, you will need to think about what kind of rabbit cage to keep him in. Even if your rabbit will be living in the house he needs a cage.
Your rabbit's cage will be his safe haven that he can retreat to when he is scared, nervous or needs to rest. It will hold his food, water and his bathroom. It will be a secure place for him to stay when you are not home.
Indoor rabbits will tend to chew on cords, baseboards and furniture. They may dig at the carpet. This is perfectly normal rabbit behavior that they cannot be trained out of. Instead, only let your rabbit out when you can supervise his activities. You can prevent a lot of damage this way and you'll get to enjoy your pet.
Of course, the larger the rabbit cage the better... but if your rabbit gets to run about the house or in an outside run every day it can be a little smaller. One general rule of thumb is one square foot per pound of adult rabbit. You can find ready made cages that are 24 by 36 inches or 30 by 36 inches.
Some rabbits like bi-level condos, too. If a condo is something that appeals to you, make sure your rabbit is a small, agile breed. Larger breeds may have difficulty negotiating ramps and steps.
Of course your rabbit's cage can be a fun place for him, too. You can put in a shelter for him to hide in or perhaps a piece of really large PVC that he can use as a tunnel. Remember that anything you put in the cage will get chewed on.
Try to keep fabric to a minimum as your rabbit will try to eat it. A woven grass mat is a good resting board since it can easily be replaced and won't harm your rabbit if he chews on it.
If your rabbit will be living outdoors (and they do like to be outside), your rabbit habitat will need to protect him from predators and weather. Having a couple solid walls and a good solid roof will help.
Some people put their rabbits under outdoor tents like those large RV tents. The tarp sides protect them from wind and rain yet the light colored tarp lets in a lot of light. Other people nestle the hutch beneath trees or bushes. Some put the hutch next to the house in a protected spot. Any of these ideas will work as long as the cage is sturdy and strong.
Outdoor rabbits need to be protected from dogs, stray cats, mice, rats, raccoons, opossums, foxes, coyotes and anything else you may have living in your neighborhood. Be sure you select a cage made with strong heavy duty wire. Hardware cloth and chicken wire are not strong enough to keep predators out.
Wherever you decide your rabbit will live, a rabbit cage will keep them healthy, happy and protected. Keep it clean and fresh for your rabbit's comfort.
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