Even though many pet owners prefer to house their rabbit outdoors in a rabbit hutch, there are also plenty of options to keep your bunny indoors. This article will take you through the alternatives that you have for doing this and, after you’ve settled on the appropriate habitat for your furry little friend, you can check out this post to learn about the perfect toys for him or her.
Many specialists recommend that you raise your bunny inside your home. This will not only offer it much more protection against predators and difficult weather conditions but can also provide a much more social environment for your pet to grow in, as having your rabbit indoors will most definitely open the door to more interaction with its owners.
This article will go through the several options that you have for providing a safe indoor habitat for your pet – from a puppy pen to a bunny proofed room.
Probably the most common options to house pet rabbits are cages. Unfortunately, these are also the least-recommended-while-still-viable alternative. The main problem with rabbit cages is that they’re not usually large enough for your bunny.
House rabbits need space to roam, exercise, play, and lie down. The habitat should also accommodate food and water bowls, as well as toys and a litter tray. So if you do end up getting a cage, make sure that you buy the largest model available in your local pet store.
Be careful to protect your little furry friend from wired-flooring, as this can cause discomfort and even damage to its paws. Also, if your rabbit does have a cage as a living enclosure, make it a priority to give him or her plenty of time outside the cage, a minimum of a couple of hours a day.
Don’t use glass aquariums as these are almost never big enough for your bunny and don’t provide appropriate air ventilation.
A better choice than getting a rabbit cage is building a condo for your bunny. If you have enough time and resources on your hands, then the possibilities are endless. You can use metal, wood and even repurposed furniture to make the perfect enclosure for your pet.
A few things to keep in mind, though. Never use chicken wire when building a bunny condo, as your rabbit can chew on it and hurt itself. Also, if you do end up using metal for the habitat, you will want the slats to be quite close together. This way, your pet won’t put his or her head through them, avoiding thus the risk of injury and strangulation.
One of the most affordable and easier ways to build a bunny condo is by using commercially-available wire storage cubes. This alternative is very adaptable to each owner’s living space, as the cubes can be arranged so that the shape of the bunny condo adapts to whatever space restrictions might come up.
One of the most convenient, affordable, and easiest-to-set-up alternatives is to get a puppy pen for your bunny and set it up in a corner of a room. When picking one, make sure that the pen is large enough to house your pet and all the essentials that it needs for a healthy and happy life. Your little furry friend will need plenty of room to stretch, sleep, and move around, as well as a litter box in its habitat.
When setting up a puppy pen for your rabbit, a very important aspect, both for you and your pet, is the flooring. First of all, you will want to avoid tile or hardwood, as this will make it harder for your bunny to hop around.
At the same time, you should be careful with your flooring, as rabbits are naturally very high-energy animals and tend to chew, dig up and shred to pieces any carpet or flooring they can get their little paws on.
The best option to offer comfort to your furry friend and, at the same time, keep your floor safe, is to put a plastic chair mat, a piece of linoleum, or even an old rug at the bottom of the puppy pen.
Puppy pens can also be a ‘gateway’ to giving your pet free reign in a whole rabbit-proofed room.
Letting the rabbit roam free in a room
If your house can afford it, this is probably the best option for your bunny. An entire room for itself in which it is free to roam at ease. Before you let your fluffy friend run free though, you have to make sure that the room and furniture are protected from chewing and that the environment is safe for your pet.
First of all, you will have to cover any exposed wires with plastic or flex tubing, as rabbits are inclined to chew on any unprotected wiring. As many indoor plants are toxic to bunnies, it is crucial to keep away from your furry friend any plants that you may wish to keep in its room.
Finally, make sure that you protect your furniture from chewing. Plastic or wood corner protectors should be installed on the bottoms of door frames, as well as cardboard wrappings around your furniture legs.
Essentials for your rabbit’s habitat
After you’ve decided on the right enclosure for your little furry friend, you have to make sure that you provide some very important elements for its habitat.
Access to hay and fresh water is essential. Hay is the main component in a bunny’s diet and it should be available at all times. A Hay Feeder will make your pet very happy.
Similar to many other domestic animals, rabbits can be potty trained. A litter box or tray is then a welcomed addition to its enclosure, but make sure that it is made out of bunny-friendly materials.
As rabbits are naturally active and full of energy, your fluffy friend will be grateful if you set up a play area in its habitat. Alongside rabbit toys, something as simple as a cardboard toilet paper roll stuffed with hay can also do the trick.