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Indoor Housing for Rabbits
By Debby Widolf
All rabbits love a special place of their own where
they can retreat and yet still be a part of family life.
Here are some guidelines to follow when consider-
ing housing for your bunny:
● Many rabbit cages are too small to provide
humane housing. A rabbit’s home or enclo-
sure should be large enough for the rabbit
to stretch out all the way, with the back legs
extended times one.
● The home should be tall enough to allow the
rabbit to stretch to his full length when stand-
ing on his hind feet.
● Provide a wooden shelf that the rabbit can
hop up on. This gives your bunny a bit of
exercise even when confined inside her home.
● The home needs to have an opening or door large enough for a litter box to pass
through and for you to bring the bunny out of the house without injury.
● Wire bottoms are uncomfortable for rabbits and can lead to sore feet. If your rabbit’s
house has a wire bottom, cover at least half of it with Plexiglas, a wood platform, or
washable towels or blankets. Consider getting a home with a solid metal or plastic
tray bottom – it’s healthier and more comfortable for your rabbit.
● Besides the litter box, you’ll need to equip your bunny’s house with a food dish,
a ceramic bowl for water and lots of bunny toys. Even with all these items in his
house, your bunny should still be able to stretch out comfortably.
One option for bunny housing is a dog
pen. Pens provide spacious enclosures
that have room for all the necessities,
including toys and a wooden or cardboard
house so your rabbit can “take a break.”
One advantage of pens is that they can
be easily moved from place to place. One
note about pens: Some rabbits love to
jump, so they may need a taller pen.
How elaborate you make your bunny’s house is limited only by your imagination and
your pocketbook. Many people create and build their own “bunny palaces.” There are
companies that sell double- and triple-level condos with ramps connecting the f