One of the good things about domesticated rabbits is that they are not very demanding in terms of housing or caging, just an ample space for them where they can conveniently stay is enough. However choosing the right type of cage for them is very important and this is something that a rabbit pet owner should invest at.
There are many cages you can buy from the pet stores, some of them made of plastic, while some are metal and wood. Cage made from plastic is not recommended as we all know how hard chewers rabbit could be and they will just probably chew them off and destroy the cage to no use, same goes with wooden cages. The most appropriate are the metal cages. If possible go for the stainless steel ones as painted metal could be toxic for your domesticated rabbits. Also, metal cages will rust in time.
The cage must be appropriate to the size and number of your rabbits. If you have one or two dwarf rabbits, a floor space of 20 x 35 inches (57 x 89 cm) could be quite enough to house them. For a medium-sized rabbit, 25 x 45 inches (64 x 115 cm) cage is ideal. Also consider a cage with a higher floor pan, which is for you own convenience, as you don’t want to see some of their hay bedding going over the floor whenever your rabbit digs and jumps. A bed pan that is at least 8 to 10 inches high would accommodate a small and medium rabbit.
The wide door in front of the cage is very important so that your rabbit could conveniently get in and out of the cage when it wants to roam outside the cage area during their free roaming time. The door must be hinged to the bar like a ladder so that going in and out could be safer for them. Make sure that the bars and the pan are clamped properly at all times so that the rabbit won’t be able to escape during confinement.
Rabbit Hutch for the Comfort of Your Domesticated Rabbits
A rabbit hutch is something that your rabbit can use whenever they want privacy or would want to conveniently rest or hide when they feel threatened. Having this around them is excellent for their well-being. Wooden hutch with a flat top is preferred because they also use the hutch as a platform and sit on it to watch things around them. The hutch must have a floor space of at least 10 x 15 inches (25 x 38 cm) for a dwarf rabbit and bigger hutch if you have medium sized for a pet. Make sure that that hutch is tall enough for the rabbit’s ears to erect, otherwise they will not stay inside as it will be very inconvenient for them when their ears touch the ceiling of the hutch.
Make sure that their cage must have the following rabbit supplies
• Food bowl
This is very essential and the material must be able to withstand pushing and chewing thus, a stainless steel with wider bottom is appropriate or a glazed stoneware bowl could be better. Do not give small and young rabbit a large food bowl because they will get inside it and may soil up the food.
• Self-dispensing feeders
This is good for keeping the food clean and refilling their bowl conveniently. Urine could get in the food bowl with some left over food so it is better to have a self-dispensing feeder to keep the food from being contaminated.
• Water bottle and dispenser
Have this attached at the rabbit cage at all times and make sure that the tube from the dispenser is dispensing enough water for the rabbit. Always provide them with clean water.
• Hay rack
Providing them with hay is very important as this must always be part of their daily diet. A hay rack will keep their daily hay ration appropriately. Do not feed your young rabbit from the hay rack as they will have the tendency to play and jump from the top that will cause them injury. Give young rabbits hay on their feeding bowls instead.
Here is a check list you might need when housing rabbits indoors:
1. Indoor cage with a floor area that will be enough for the size and number of your domesticated rabbits. The top must be made from metal while the bed pan must have high edges to keep baby rabbits in the cage and to avoid hay beddings from going over the floor.
2. Nesting box or a hutch for them to sleep or rest in.
3. Beddings like straw or shavings made from soft wood chips to absorb urine.
4. Food bowls, food dispenser, water bottles, and hay rack
5. Litter box
6. Comb and grooming brush
7. Nail trimmer
8. Wood branches or any safe chew toys