The Best Bunny Cage For Your Rabbit
One of the biggest investments you'll ever make for your bunny (besides vet care) is its cage. There are so many cages to choose from, and the one you finally choose will have a big impact on how happy and healthy your rabbit is. So, let's explore your options, shall we?
The type and size of cage your bunny needs largely depends on where your rabbit is going to live. If you want your bunny to live inside, then you can simply get a cage big enough to house a litter box, your bunny's food and water, and of course, to allow your bunny to lie down comfortably.
A smaller cage is okay if your rabbit is going to be an indoor bunny because you will be able to let your rabbit out to run around on a regular basis. If you're going to have your bunny indoors, you'll need to either bunny proof any rooms your rabbit will be in. (This means clipping all cords up and out of bunny's way, as rabbits have a tendency to snip through electrical cables they find.) Investing in a puppy playpen with tall walls is also a good idea, as it allows you to put your bunny out on the lawn for a few hours, or in a room where they don't usually roam, without worrying that they'll destroy everything in the house. I'm personally of the opinion that rabbits make better indoor pets than outdoor pets, but your mileage may vary.
If you want to keep your rabbit outside, you need a large cage. It needs to be tall enough to allow bunny to stretch up on her hind legs and it needs to be long and wide enough for her to run around. In practical terms, this means a floor space not much smaller than 2m x 1m, or 6'' x 3''. Does that sound big? It is. Rabbits are animals that love to run and play, and smaller cages than this are quite cruel. It may be cheaper to make your own cage than to buy one from a pet store, and if you know anyone with tools and the ability to make simple cages, it is a good idea to try to get one made.
If you must have a smaller cage, you can offset the fact that it is small by taking your rabbit out on a leash sometimes. I've written a hub on how to walk bunnies on leashes here, and it will be useful to you in getting your rabbit to walk on a leash without killing itself.
In general, the rule of thumb is simply that you give your bunny as much space as you can, whether your bunny is indoors or outdoors.
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