Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 05:55 am
Besides proper health care, grooming and providing the required diet, a safe, spacious housing is another essential need of any rabbit, whether kept for commercial purposes (show, meat, fur) or as a pet.
Hutch vs wire cage vs sheds
Rabbits can stay in hutches, sheds or cages. What is the difference between these three and which one is ideal for your bunnies? Obviously, this often confuses many people. Whereas in most cases, they will be considered one and the same thing, there are some small differences.
To begin with, cages are mainly made from wire mesh and plastics and often used for indoor rabbits. They are smaller in size and are suited for people who travel a lot since they can be folded easily.
A rabbit hutch is usually made of wire mesh, wood, and other materials. It is often meant for outdoor bunnies (but can also be used for indoor ones) and it is larger in size. This makes it convenient and comfortable when compared to cages.
Finally, a bunny shed is made by converting a garden shed to a home for your bunnies. As expected, it is the largest of the three and most comfortable and recommended.
You can now tell the clear difference between these three common types of bunny housing. This post is going to focus on cages.
Choosing a good wire cage for rabbits
Your bunnies need to be as comfortable as possible while in their cages. This will ensure their optimum health conditions and happiness. Therefore, you need to make sure you choose one wisely.
Most of these cages are made of a wire frame ( with some metal rods or bars) with a plastic bottom tray. The metals used should be galvanized, powder-coated or plastic-coated bars. Note that the latter my wear out as rabbits will often chew it.
Therefore, when looking at some of the best brands to buy or even if you want to make your own rabbit cage at home, there are some important considerations you should make which include:
Cage size – length, width, and heights
Every rabbit and animal welfare association in the world always encourages animal owners to ensure a proper size of housing. For instance, one for bunnies should be spacious enough to allow them to freely stretch in all directions, stand up upright and make a few hops.
Also, it should be able to accommodate the various supplies you may put inside this housing unit such as rabbit feeders and waterers. Always ensure it meets the recommended minimum cage size dimensions This will ensure your bunnies are comfortable, happy and healthy.
Your choice will also depend on the size of your bunnies. Dwarf ones might be comfortable in smaller cages wile giant rabbits will need very big ones.
Since some enclosures target several pets including guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and so on, always make sure that they are not too small. Their typical lengths will be about 3’4″, 4′ or 5′ (100cm, 120cm, and 150cms respectively) with larger ones very rare.
To begin with, go for the 100cm one if your rabbit is allowed to freely roam in the house and only uses the cage when it needs to be alone or undisturbed.
Secondly, always buy rabbit cages with heights that are at least 18′ with those 24′ (60cm) and above recommended.
Finally, if you have baby bunnies, do not buy smaller ones since they grow fast and may outgrow the enclosure you bought within no time.
Rabbit cage floor covering and bedding
Most of them have a wire mesh on their floor which is not recommended for large bunnies and breeds such as rex breeds (have thin fur on their feet) since they can cause sore on their paws and may encourage sore hocks.
To make them more comfortable, you can always do some modifications pm the rabbit’s cage floor which will include placing mats (plastic, grass or rubber ones), lining it with straws, hay, lino, as well as using the various good bunny bedding alternatives to ensure they are comfortable. Alternatively, you can get rid of the wire floor.
Rabbit cage tray
Trays are meant to trap urine and dropping that will be falling through the wire grids on the bottom of your enclosure. If you decide to get rid of the bottom wire (chicken or grid) mesh, ensure the trays are deep and fill them with the various bedding materials.
A deeper one can give you a chance to add a litter tray inside it if you have litter trained rabbits.
When buying one, you need to consider if you have enough space where you will place it. If the space available is limited, consider going for stackable wire rabbit cages or story ones (2, 3 or 4 tiered ones).
The cage door and placement
First, doors need to be big to allow you to change litter trays with easy. We recommend brands that have a large side door and a solid ramp (if not cover it) to enable your bunnies to go in and out easily.
If the door is on the on the top part, it should be large enough to fit your arms and the rabbit as you lifting it out or return it in. We do not recommend those with doors on their top as they may make your bunnies feel threatened.
Finally, position your cage in a way that the door is not obstructed by anything.
Besides the above, you need to consider things such as the ease of cleaning it, durability, accessibility, safety, among other factors.
Can I use a dog crate?
Some people often opt for them since they are larger yet will cost a less considering their size to cost ratio. You can use it but do some of the modifications we have already discussed such as ensuring ti has a solid floor.
Do I still need a rabbit run or playpen?
Irrespective of how big your cage is, your furry friends need an outdoor or indoor rabbit run for exercising unless you leave them to freely roam in your bunny-proofed house. Runs are usually large with recommended sizes not less than 8′ by 4′ in length and width.
Large rabbit cages including Ferplast
While coming up the below list and brands, we considered the size. We understand getting large rabbit cages for sale is not easy. Try the following:
- Ferplast Krolik 160 Rodent Cage 162 x 60 x 50 cm
- Ferplast 160 rabbit cage (156.5cm x 77cm x 61.5 cm)
- Liberta Retreat Indoor and Stand (154 x 78 x 93 cm)
- Little Friends 160 (160 x 80 x 58cm)
- Liberta Rabbit 150 (150cm x 74cm x 63cm)
- Ferplast 140 (140cm x 71.5 cm x 48 cm)
If you need larger indoor cages than the above, you may be forced to either make your own or order custom made ones.
Best rabbit cages
Owing to their large size, the above five large indoor rabbit cages are among the best top ten to buy. Others that are equally good but might be smaller in size include:
- Living World Deluxe Habitat
- Ferplast Multi-Level Rabbit Cage (2 tier )
- Trixie 150 Indoor Cage
- Prevue Pet Jumbo Tubby R
- Kaytee Extra Large Rabbit Habitat
- Ferplast 100 (for mini rabbits)
These are not the only best brands in the market, there are many others which will equally be functional. Remember to consider factors we have discussed when choosing the most appropriate one for your bunnies.
Rabbit cage setup ideas
Once you have purchased the best brand from any of the ones we have looked at or any other you found functional and suits your needs well, you need to correctly set it up before you introduce your bunnies to it. Setting up will involve things such as:
Choosing where to put it
Always positioning it well. It should be in a well-ventilated area that is dust-free and lit with natural light. Go for a place that does not have loud noises or sudden movement. This means that “setting the cage next to a tumble dryer could cause the rabbit unnecessary stress,” warns wikiHow.pet.
Also, ensure the location is safe from predators including your other pets such as cats, dogs and so on.
Finally, place it where it can access its playpen or a bunny-proofed room. If in a room, it should be free of wires, cables, objects with sharp edges, and any other thing that can harm your bunny.
Provide various supplies
Place the various supplies in your cage which will include bunny waterers (bottles or bowl), feeders, litter box (if you have litter trained bunnies), rabbit toys and bedding.
There are many ways and rabbit cage setup ideas. Find the best way to organize yours. Remember, your objective should be leave as much space as possible for your furry friends.
Finally, check through to see if everything is provided before introducing your bunnies to their new enclosures.
New and used rabbit cages for sale
If you are looking for new rabbit cages for sale, you will find them in places such as Amazon.com, Walmart, PetSmart among others. If you want cheaper used rabbit cages, try classified ads and listings including eBay.com and Craigslist.com