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