If you are the proud owner of a new bunny, then you definitely need to consider having a look at the different bunny cages out there. Bunnies are playful, curious animals and a great addition to a family, even when other pets like cats or dogs are present. They can be allowed to freely run around the home, as long as the home is bunny-proofed, of course. Even so, a bunny will want a safe haven where it can rest and sleep , no matter how well you have toilet trained it, or how perfectly you have bunny bunny-proofed the house.
Things to consider when picking a bunny cage
There are many varieties of bunny cages to choose from; multi-level, single-level, wire-bottomed, plastic-bottomed, and many others. The first consideration is the size. In the case of your bunny, bigger is most definitely better. The rule of thumb is, at the very least your bunny cage should be four times as big as your bunny. For smaller rabbits (those that weigh 8 pounds and below) a 24” by 36” cage is big enough, and a 30” by 36” cage will do for larger rabbits. Rabbits also seem to enjoy multi-storey cages, where the levels are connected by ramps.
On the whole, wire cages are recommended for bunnies, as they will happily chew through wood or plastic. Some bunny cages come with wire floors, which, while touted as being easier to clean, will be fairly uncomfortable for your bunny, and may even hurt its feet. If you absolutely have to buy a cage with a wire floor, make sure you place some matting on it, to provide traction and vary the floor’s surface. However, since bunnies respond reasonably well to toilet training, a solid floor will do just fine, and is not difficult to clean.
The cage door should be smoothly edged or lined with plastic guard strips, to prevent your bunny coming into contact with any sharp points. It is best to get a cage with a side door for your bunny, so he can get in and out by himself. A door in the top of the cage will mean having to lift your bunny in and out all the time. The door should be large enough for a litter tray to pass through, let alone your bunny.
You should provide some cushioning in the cage, like pieces of fleece blankets, carpeting or toweling, provided your bunny does not like to unravel and eat them. Sisal and grass mats are also a good choice, as they provide traction. Cedar and other softwood shavings are not advisable at all, as they release aromatic oils that have been proven to elevate the levels of certain liver enzymes, which in turn affects metabolism of various drugs and substances.
Your bunny cage should have a resting/sleeping area, a littering area, an eating and drinking area, and a playing area. Bunnies, incidentally, need to drink water constantly, as they cannot absorb it with their food like we can. Bunnies are inquisitive and curious, and you need to supply them with toys, in order to keep them out of trouble.
Your bunny cage should be placed away from drafts and direct sunlight or heat. Bunnies are very sensitive to heat, and will quickly fall ill if exposed to too much of it. All in all, bunny cages , when picked with your pet in mind, and well-equipped, are a good investment for the comfort and happiness of your bunny.