Smaller rabbits can do well in a cage as long as they are given at least three hours outside their cage, every day. They need room to run and play and interact with you. No matter how large a cage may be, time outside of the cage (or pen) is very important.
This double-decker condo is great for medium sized bunnies or small pairs. It has room for the litter box below the ramp and lounging space on the top floor. You can see, however, that the door to this cage is left open for this bunny to come and go as she pleases. Even with the extra room, out-of-cage run time is important.
Here’s the new “Bunny Villa” from KW Cages in Santee, CA. They will make these “custom” for you too, to fit your space. If you get a cage larger than 42″ wide, be sure to place doors in the middle of the front walls so you can reach both sides to clean easily. Ask for larger, wide doors (about 18″) so you can fit into them and so can your bunny’s larger litter box.
This roomy condo from Leith Petwerks provides more room for rabbits to roam in their enclosed environment. Here, it’s home for three smaller bunnies.
These are some examples of “Neat Idea Cube” cages that you can make yourself.
Some things to consider when planning your rabbit’s habitat:
- Make sure you purchase a cage that is large enough to accommodate Bunny when he/she is full grown
- Make sure the cage is large enough for bunny to lay stretched out, when all the necessary supplies (litter box, water & food bowls) are inside
- Take into consideration, the amount of daily run time your rabbit will receive, when determining cage size; in this case, bigger is better
- Make sure the cage door is large enough for a large cat litter box to fit through
- Make sure the cage door opens from the side, and not down, so bunny’s feet won’t get caught when entering or exiting the cage
- Urine guards are helpful in keeping hay and urine in the cage
- Casters or wheels on the cage make it easy to move about when needing to clean bunny’s area
- And, don’t forget, bunny needs several hours “out of cage” time, each day
Where to buy “house rabbit” cages: For small to medium rabbits (2-5 lbs.) we recommend a cage no smaller than 42″ wide x 30″ deep x 24″ high. If bunny is larger, then a minimum of 36″ wide x 30″ deep is better (best of all, however, is the x-pen setup). You may have a cage manufacturer near you, or visit these web sites for some great examples of cages that meet Bunny’s needs:
- San Diego HRS: Visit their Bunny Supply Store to select a variety of used cages and/or new x-pens, perfect for your bunny. They are open Saturdays at 4807 Mercury Street, Suite A, in Kearny Mesa (corner of Mercury & Ronson Road), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Our phone is 858-565-2869.
- KW Cages, Santee, California (San Diego County) telephone 800-447-2243 or 619-596-4000.
- Leith Petwerks, Bend, Oregon; telephone 800-956-3576
- Build your own with Neat Idea Cubes!