Rabbit Housing Do’s And Don’ts

Use these tips when finding a cage for a new pet rabbit.

Your rabbit's cage or habitat should be at least four or five times bigger than your pet. Via Steven Tom/Flickr

By Rabbits USA editors

Rabbit Housing Do’s

  • Choose a cage or pen that is at least four to five times the size of your rabbit.
  • Set up your rabbit’s housing before you bring your pet home.
  • Make sure the floor of your rabbit’s habitat offers plenty of solid flooring. A rabbit given no other choice than to sit on grating is more prone to foot ailments such as sore hocks.
  • Use heavy crocks and bowls so your rabbit cannot tip them over.
  • Use rabbit-safe litter to line the litter box, and change it at least every other day.
  • Trim your rabbit’s nails to prevent them from becoming overgrown. Overgrown nails can catch on cage wires as your pet enters and exits the cage.

Rabbit Housing Don’ts

  • Don’t put your rabbit’s home in an area far removed from the goings-on of your family — make sure your pet receives consistent, positive interaction.
  • Don’t use harsh household cleaners around your rabbit or its cage.
  • Don’t house your rabbit outdoors unless you are committed to spending a few hours each day to interact with it and you have taken precautions to ensure that your rabbit is protected from predators and temperature extremes and has supervised exercise opportunities.
  • Don’t expect a singly-kept rabbit to be happy unless you can offer an enriching environment full of toys, exercise and positive human interaction.
  • Don’t allow a rabbit to roam your home without rabbit-proofing first:
    1. Move plants out of reach
    2. Cover all electrical cords with plastic tubing or move them out of reach
    3. Restrict your rabbit’s access to furniture, rugs and similar objects
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