Keeping a rabbit as a pet requires a lot more care than dogs or cats, for example. The rabbits are much more sensitive animals, which is why they must be given special attention.
Although the rabbits may spend their time outside the cage, chasing around the apartment, you will still need to provide them with their own private space.
For a proper development and a happy life of the bunny, the cage you choose must meet certain criteria.
In the next few minutes I am going to tell you how to choose the right rabbit cage and how to set up a rabbit cage indoor.
How To Choose The Best Rabbit Cage
While choosing a rabbit cage, in addition to the size, you must also look at the material the cage is made of. On the market there are different types of cages, from wooden, plastic to metal. Avoid wooden cages, although commercially available.
Also, be sure to avoid cages with bottom-grid. Rabbits do not have pads on their paws (such as dogs or cats). This makes it convenient for them to have a softer ground under the paws and not a gird. Therefore, you should always choose a full-bottom rabbit cage, preferably a plastic (which is easy to clean).
This was my pick for my Lionhead rabbit (you can check it on Amazon) or go and check our review of TOP 10 Best Rabbit Cages for Indoor use.
Before getting on the indoor side, remember that regarding the size the golden rule is “The bigger the better”.
How To Set Up A Rabbit Cage Indoor
Now, once you know what rabbit cage to choose, lets see how to set up a rabbit cage.
The cage needs to be large enough to accommodate:
- A food bowl
- A water bottle
- A hay rack
- Litter box in one corner
You may find many different things that people are using as a cage bedding in a rabbit cage. Some people use towels, papers, foam mat things. Others are not using anything at all (which is something I do not recommend).
There are many products out there that are sold as rabbit cage bedding. However, it is very important to determine what works best for you by trying different beddings.
A litter box, sometimes called a litter tray or litter pan is an indoor feces and urine collection box for rabbits that instinctively or through training will make use of such a repository.
It is very important to make difference between bedding and litter on the floor of the cage. If you want to litter train you rabbit it can be confusing for them if you are using the same materials. Litter should only be in the litter box.
Many people, before they decide to get a rabbit at their homes, are worried about the rabbit habits of going to the toilet. Fortunately, there are no big problems here. Rabbits are in a position to do these needs in one place. They usually choose one place where they will be doing it and it’s pretty easy to litter train them. You can read more in our article How to litter train a rabbit.
This is how I set up my Lionhead rabbit cage in my apartment:
How do you entertain a rabbit in the cage?
Rabbits are very social and playful creatures, and you need to provide them with a variety of toys for fun.
DIY toys: Boxes, baskets, snacks, toothbrushes, baby toys that can be pushed, wooden sticks, rolls of used toilet paper, plastic bottles, old magazines etc.
Read more: 15 best rabbit toys to keep them busy all the time.
If you do not allow the rabbits to be busy all the time, they will find their own fun in the forms of your carpets, couches, armchairs.
BE CAREFUL not to give them anything digestible so they wont harm themselves.
Where is the best place to put a rabbit cage indoor?
Once you have the cage ready, you need to know where to place the rabbit cage, since rabbit cage location matters.
The cage should be positioned in a place where there is not too much sun and most importantly near the family activities, as they are very social animals and do not like being left alone all day.
The ideal place to put a rabbit cage is in some dark corner of the room, quiet, warm, well-ventilated area in your apartment. Not near outside wall or where strong draft blows.
The rabbit cage need to be kept in a clean and sanitary condition in order to promote a healthy living environment for the animals. The cage needs to be washed and sanitized with an appropriate sanitizing agent on a regular basis.