If you have ever set foot in a local pet store, you may have noticed that for every 30 shelves with items for dogs and cats there may be one for rabbits (if you are really lucky). Use two panels to form the platform, placing them horizontally, one panel high, over half the inside of the cage. Cage free: If your household and lifestyle allow for it, many rabbits can live free in the house or in an extra room. Now that you’ve decided to build your own cage, you’ll need to decide on the size you want to make. A word of caution: There are several rabbit hutches on the market today that have pens on the bottom for your bunny to munch on grass.
Essentially, if you’re unsure about anything being put in the cage the best rule is to think something along the lines of ‘can this be chewed on/dug up?’ if the answer is yes, and anything that is ingested can be harmful, it’s best to find another solution. To keep your rabbit preoccupied and its gnawing tendencies sated, provide your rabbit with appropriate toys, such as grass or wicker balls, a digging box, and cardboard castles for hiding. Wire floored cages don’t require use of a litterbox and leaves more space for your rabbit to move about.
Dog crates come with no base or a tray base that is insufficient to hold mess in. it is possible to build a tray with wood or corrugated plastic. The waste in the hutch is cleaned up every day and the hutch is completely cleaned out every second day. Wood – Well seasoned beech wood is the best type of wood to have your rabbit house made of as it is non-absorbent, strong and durable. Rabbits especially females can be touchy about the way they like their cage arrangements.
Do not let your rabbit play on grass that has been fertilized or had a weed killer put on it. Always supervise your rabbit while it is outside, it takes just a few seconds for a dog to kill or frighten your rabbit to death. If you are building a cage for indoors animals, then you will need to make the cage larger, and have more space for the rabbit to move about inside. If you use a cage with a wire flooring, you should provide a resting mat for your rabbit to sit on. Here is a good discussion about wire-bottomed cages.
However, partnered with zip ties, you can build pretty much any structure you’d like! An even better solution is to install the box below the level of the cage floors so that the babies can get back easily. For mating to be supervised, the animals need to be visible in all parts of the cage. Of course, you may buy the small size if you only have just one rabbit but for more than two it is best suggested that you have to buy the largest size that you can afford. If your rabbit is breathing hard and fast or panting, it may be headed for heat stroke and death. It’s very rare that your rabbit won’t nibble on it here or there and anything chemically treated could kill your rabbit.
If you are like us and don’t have these options, see if you can clear a corner somewhere so that your hutch will not be out in the elements during the process. Knowing how to care for a pet rabbit when weather conditions get cold, is vital to their health. Make sure the box you buy is big enough that when your bunny is full grown she will still be able to sit comfortably in it. Once your rabbit has chosen a corner to use most of the time, place some of the soiled litter or bedding from the corner into the litterbox with the clean litter. At first Allie would chase the rabbit but the novelty soon wore off and anyway, Bosley is too quick for Allie.
As long as you consider the quality, the number of rabbits, the flooring, and the comfort of your bunny, you can definitely find a great outdoor cage. They don’t always do what I think they will (for instance, two rabbits will live in the same hutch instead of their own rooms), but a home built house makes me smile. Gardens may provide your rabbit with more company but hutches there need to be especially prepared for safety.
As long as your rabbit house is of good quality you won’t have any unwanted visitors. And the guideline also stated if the rabbit is in the hutch for long periods, you must must make it bigger than that. Whatever the answer, for many developing countries the wire-mesh cage will probably remain a theoretical solution for many years to come, until the special mesh necessary is made available to producers at reasonable prices.
They are very flexible and by combining multiple packs you can build very large cages. Most cages barely let a rabbit stretch out or sit up. If you do opt for a commercial cage, make sure to follow the guidelines stated above. Also, if the family becomes busy for any reason, there is not enough room for them to be left in the cage to have any sort of exercise. Any new and sudden change (noise, presence, smell) will make the first rabbit in the group to notice the disquieting novelty thump his hind foot to warn his fellows of danger. Since the cage will be the rabbit’s main living space, it needs to be as comfortable as possible.
There needs to be room for your rabbit to move about and lie down, as well as space for food, water, litter box and toys. We rabbit proofed just about every room and keep the door of the one unsafe room closed. Puppy pens are useful if you intend to eventually give your rabbit free reign in a bunny proofed room. Cheap rabbit cages can be obtained through pet supply wholesalers or by browsing classifieds for used cages. Oh, remember that you are building for a rabbit therefore some things that might apply to a guinea pig cube house will not for rabbits. Rabbits do not tolerate heat, particularly sudden heat and direct sunlight on their hutch.
Many males waste a lot of time marking a mating cage that is impregnated with the smell of their predecessor, and the cage is also a possible site for the spread of diseases. Of course, if you use a commercial cage as a home base for a litter box, and the rabbit is free-roaming, size is not so much of an issue. This cute hutch is very stylish making it a great choice if you plan on housing your rabbit indoors.
For those with less well behaved rabbits, you can place a piece of lino under the cage, cut it larger that the base of the cage to leave several inches overhang outside the cage – this prevents your rabbit accessing the edge making it hard to chew. The power can go out leaving the rabbit in the dark and cold long before you return. Use good, strong galvanized welded wire to help keep the rabbit in and predators out.
If you are buying a rabbit hutch, (and I use the word ‘hutch’ here because that’s what they are), from a large pet shop or wholesaler don’t assume that because they are a large, professional company with a huge budget, that they understand the importance of adequate rabbit housing size – They don’t. Do not paint the inside of the hutch because the rabbit may chew on it and accidentally poison themselves. Gradually the message is getting out there about the diabolical rabbit hutch industry, but I don’t think it’s got all the way through yet.