One of the most lovable animals to have as pets in the house is a rabbit. Breeding of rabbits began in the 19th century for the purpose of rabbit shows in the United States and Western Europe. If you are new to rabbits but are so interested to have them as a pet, make sure that you have responsibly done your homework to be equipped with all the knowledge you need in order to be capable of providing a comfortable home for your rabbit. Factors such as housing, diet, living space, and exercise must be well researched for before deciding to buy a rabbit.
One important consideration before buying a rabbit is to settle on which breed you would likely be able to care for. Domesticated rabbits have plenty of breeds, and each has personalities and characteristics different from the others. Also, some breeds are specifically prone to common diseases found among bunnies that extra care must be exerted. A little advice from veterinarians and experienced rabbit fanciers can provide a lot of information. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes 47 breeds in the United States, and more come from other parts of the world. For a start, here is a list of the most common breeds of domesticated rabbits perfect for the home:
1. English Angora
3. Dwarf Hotot
7. Flemish Giant
9. Netherland Dwarf
10. Holland Lop
11. Dwarf Lop
14. Jersey Wooly
16. Mini Lop
Many less educated individuals jump into buying a rabbit believing that they will learn what the rabbit needs just by observing them and interacting with them on a daily basis. This is the reason why some rabbits die in the hands of their owners only a few weeks after being bought because their owners have not been responsible. They either held them too much for long periods during the day or have placed them in very small cages. Although it is true that rabbits are easier to look after because they do not need regular vaccinations like dogs and cats, they are still prone to some illnesses when they are not provided with a habitat conducive to their biological needs.
Indoor rabbit cages come in many brands, sizes, various materials, and colors. Manufacturers and suppliers are far too many, and when you do not have enough knowledge on what really works best for you and your pet rabbit, you might be spending your money on the wrong ones. Here are some options of the best indoor rabbit cages that you can have at home.
- Already Labeled Rabbit Cages. The standard size for a rabbit cage is by measurements of 24 inches by 36 inches, and bigger sizes than that are also available. They have plastic trays at the base or a wooden floor, stainless steel wires on the sides, wire section at the top, and the grids are typically small as well.
- Do-It-Yourself Cube Cages. Making your own cage is a wise alternative instead of buying the commercially available cages. This gives you more room for wild imagination and wider spaces. You may purchase square grids that you can attach together with cable ties until you get the desired space you want. You may have it in a bungalow type or a multi-level cage.
- Dog Crates. Some rabbit fanciers also settle to make rabbit cages out of used or brand new dog crates. A large dog crate is usually 4 feet tall and some say that it will only cost half the price of a small rabbit cage. Its tall height allows more room for creative individuals to make it more appealing such as placing two or three levels inside the cage and adding on some accessories such as beddings, toys, and hanging objects.
- Rabbit Pens. These also make for great alternatives if you do not want a covered top for a cage. While the rabbit has a smaller cage in it to dwell on for sleep or rest, pens can be extended by adding extra panels. With the extensions, you are providing extra space for the rabbit for exercise and play.
By the time you have purchased your indoor rabbit cage, you are now ready to make final touches on your cage. You will need to purchase the following items:
1. water containers
2. deep bottom bowls for their food consisting of hay or grass
3. chew toys (plastic baby toys, wooden parrot toys, cardboards, old newspapers, balls, toilet rolls)
4. litter box (check on resources that will teach you how to potty train your rabbit)
5. rabbit runs
6. ceramic crocks
7. hopper feeders
8. soft beddings or towels the rabbits can lay on
A FINAL NOTE:
While it is generally safe to have the pet live indoors, additional precautions should be done. Make sure the cage is not located in the house where direct sunlight is likely. Keep it away as well from heat-prone objects such as refrigerators or air conditioning systems.