The rabbit cage is available in a very wide choice, so that it is not so easy to choose one perfectly suited to this NAC (New Pet) that you want to install in the home. Cage size and material are among the features to consider when buying a rabbit cage, as are the accessories that complement it. It then remains to place it in the best place possible, and to clean it regularly so that the small animal evolves in a healthy environment.
Rabbit cage: the different models
The rabbit is a rodent which, in its natural environment, does not have its feet in the same hoof. He spends a lot. It is therefore essential to respect this character trait when buying a rabbit cage. It must have all the specifics that will allow the small animal to live happily and in good shape.
The ideal dimensions of the rabbit cage
The cage for the rabbit should be spacious enough. In absolute terms, you can opt for the larger one without any problem, especially if it is likely one day to accommodate a litter of young rabbits. It must therefore be high to allow the rabbit:
- To jump without running the risk of hitting the top wall of his cage with his skull,
- To pull himself up on his hind legs in order to reach the verrine in which he will come to drink throughout the day.
Spacious, with a length of at least 100 cm and a minimum width of 60 cm, it is suitable for the dwarf rabbit. If you have a large breed rabbit, it is really better to choose an even larger rabbit cage.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from a specialist in animal care, available in major retailers.
Whether it is for easy cleaning or to catch the animal, the rabbit cage must have a sufficiently wide opening.
Rabbit cage: which material to choose?
From the outset avoid wood, even if we like its nobility and the authentic touch it brings to interior decoration. The rabbit will not take long to reduce its cage to chips because it is above all a rodent. As for the plastic, it represents a risk of toxicity for the animal which will not hesitate to nibble its cage.
The best material for rabbit cage is therefore the metal. Resistant, it is also impenetrable to urine. It is easy to clean, can be disinfected regularly with a bactericide, and consequently does not soak up undesirable odors. In addition, even if the rabbit has fun nibbling its bars, they will withstand the test without blinking.
Rabbit cage: with bars or solid walls?
Of course, cages with solid walls (except for the bottom) which are not suitable for domestic rabbits are banned. Recovering an old aquarium stored in the basement to set up a designer hutch is a very bad idea, this little rodent having nothing to do with a goldfish. On the contrary, it must be offered a large metal cage with bars so that this cabin benefits from optimum ventilation. This type of design avoids humidity and the risk of ammonia concentration and emanation. It is fundamental for the health of the rabbit.
Rabbit cage equipped with a litter box
The domestic rabbit can very quickly learn to do its business always in the same place when given the possibility. To do this, simply install a litter in its cage. It is then necessary to take care to clean it very regularly so that it always remains fresh.
In addition, creating a “Toilet” area in the rabbit’s cage allows it to create a separate corner where it can sleep.
It is important to purchase bagged litter suitable for rabbits, that is, inedible. There are some in pet stores based on pulp or paper chips or even non-resinous wood chips.
Rabbit cage accessories
Furnishing the rabbit cage with some accessories is a real good idea. For example, you can install:
- A rack where to put the hay, essential for the rabbit’s food balance,
- A verrine intended to contain fresh water because the rabbit needs to drink regularly. You can replace the verrine with a bottle.
- A small bowl for the food,
- Some wooden items to nibble on because the incisors of the rabbit have a continuous growth throughout the life of the animal. The act of gnawing allows him to file his teeth.
It is useful to add a little tunnel so that the rabbit can take refuge there if it wants to.
With all of these tips, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the near-perfect rabbit cage. But for the small rodent to flourish, it is essential to allow it to come out of its cage every day. This is what the rabbit cage with movable side wall allows. The price of a rabbit cage of good quality is between 80 and 150 €.