Rabbits are cute, loveable creatures. If you are lucky enough to have a rabbit enter your life, you want to give it a proper home. Large bunny habitats can cost a lot of money, so many people opt to create their own rabbit cage. That can be easier said than done, though. Here are 8 tips on building a rabbit cage.
1. Do Your Research
You will need a number of materials and tools to accomplish your goal. Research your plans, and ensure you have all of the tools you will need. Two tools almost every rabbit cage requires are J-clip pliers and wire snips. You also need to set aside a reasonable amount of time to complete your task. Overestimate how long it will take you to give you plenty of time.
2. Use the Right Materials
Bunnies are delicate creatures. You don’t want them to get hurt while in their cage. Be careful to adorn the bottom of the cage with something soft, such as newspaper or bedding. Bunnies are also hungry creatures. You should make sure you don’t use structural material that the bunny can chew on.
3. Establish a Budget
Like any construction project, your large rabbit cage can balloon in cost if you aren’t careful. Establish your budget. Once you clarify how much you are willing to spend, you can budget the rest of the materials accordingly. Don’t forget to include things like hay, food, water bottles, and other accessories in the final cost. Leave some wiggle room to cover whatever you forgot when making the budget.
4. Provide Plenty of Space
Bunnies are naturally quick, active movers. You want to give your rabbit plenty of space in their new home to run, hop, and play. They need plenty of space horizontally, but they need space vertically, too. You don’t want your bunny to feel like the ceiling is always right above his head. When buying wire, buy the taller 18″ option so your rabbit can stretch their ears. Finally, provide plenty of space for another rabbit, too. Rabbits are social creatures, but they might not take too kindly to sharing a small space. Leave enough room for an additional bunny, whether you have one already or not.
5. Create Levels/Hiding Spots
A large square cage is not the ideal habitat for a rabbit. Rabbits like to jump from one area to the next. Provide different levels in your environment. Rabbits also like to burrow and hide, considering they are a prey animal. Help them feel comfortable by providing a hutch for them to hide in.
6. Don’t Forget Toys
Every pet deserves some fun toys! Your rabbit is no different. Give them little items for them to play with. You can also find items that are good for their nails and teeth. A bunny’s nails and teeth never stop growing, so it’s a good idea to kill two birds with one stone by giving it a fun toy that also promotes healthy grooming.
7. Secure the Cage Properly
Many rabbit owners allow their bunny to run free outside of the cage from time to time (guilty). However, a free range rabbit indoors must always be supervised. Otherwise, the bunny may chew on your favorite clothing or furniture. Your bunny may even try to eat cords, ruining electronics or causing a fire hazard. Secure the cage properly and verify that the bunny cannot escape. Remember that rabbits are small under all of that fur!
8. Consider Placement
Before you build your cage, you should think about where you are going to put it. The first decision is whether to put it outside or inside. If you have the option, an outdoor cage has significant benefits when it comes to cleanliness and bunny smell indoors. If you are going to put the cage inside, think carefully about where you want to place it. It may not be ideal to put it next to the kitchen or where you entertain guests.
It’s hard not to love a bunny once you pet it’s soft fur and feed it lettuce out of your hand. If you make the decision to bring a rabbit into your home, use these tips to keep it comfortable throughout its stay.
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