There are many things to consider once one decides to take care of a rabbit. Aside from food and hygiene, which are important elements to observe, housing is also a critical factor that should never be overlooked. We usually see wild rabbits running around and living in burrows. With this, we assume that as we have pet rabbits same principle applies, that is, we allow our pet rabbits to wander around and sleep outside the garden or inside a box. But then again, that’s not the case when it comes to providing a proper housing for pet rabbits.
Pet rabbit housing comes in various forms such as cages and hutches. They are also made from different materials like straw, wood, stones, wires or steel, which aim to protect and shelter your pet rabbit’s overall well being. Nonetheless, having this shelter doesn’t imply that pet rabbits are encased within the four corners of their cage or hutches. This housing only serves as a place where pet rabbits can comfortably rest after a day of fun running around the garden.
When one talks about rabbit cages, it is expected that the cage should be big to allow the pet rabbit some space to move around or approximately about four times the size of the rabbit. For a better guide, a 24 inches by 36 inches cage size is recommended for small rabbits, while a 30 inches by 36 inches is said to be appropriate for bigger rabbits. The door of the cage must be big enough for the rabbit and should have smooth edges or padded with plastic guards to ensure the safety of the rabbit as it passes through. Aside from that, beddings, which are made from grass, sisal, or straw mats, can be placed inside the cage. However, beddings are not necessary if the pet rabbit is not litter trained. In this case, a solid floor is more practical.
When a rabbit cage is placed inside the house, one should see that it is located in an environment free from sources of heat and cold such as heater and air conditioning vents and windows wherein sunlight can pass through. On the other hand, if the rabbit housing is situated outdoors, the biggest concern is focused on protecting the rabbit from predators found outside. But then, this problem can be resolved if the cage is placed inside a garage or some shelter.
Whether the rabbit housing is made of wood, steel, or stone, what is important is to assure that it can withstand urine, feces, scratching, heat,cold and other factors. Aside from its aesthetic value, the selection of rabbit housing should be primarily based on durability and functionality. The purpose of rabbit housing is to provide shelter and protection. Thus, it is equally important to consider the pet rabbit’s comfort, freedom and safety.