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Preparing For Your Pet Rabbit
by Andrea Austin, Rabbits-n-Bunnies.com

How to Build a Cage/Hutch


Pet stores sell many cages, but you may find that you can’t find one that is just right for your pet and his size. Or perhaps you want a cage that is big enough to accommodate two rabbits, and you don’t want to pay big bucks for a ready-made version.

Well, if you are good with tools, you may want to consider building your own rabbit cage, or hutch, as rabbit shelters are sometimes known. This is a cheaper option, and has the added benefit of giving you a cage that is just the right size and shape. As one of the special bonuses for this guide, we have included detailed plans for an outdoor hutch.

The internet has a wealth of resources on how to build rabbit cages, including detailed how-to directions and lists of needed materials. The following are great sites to visit if you are considering making your own cage. They will tell you everything you need to know:

http://petplace.netscape.com/Articles/artShow.asp?artID=3866 http://msstate.edu/dept/poultry/pub1195.pdf http://sprowtybun.tripod.com/nic.html

You can find the necessary materials at hardware stores or discount warehouse chains like Costco, BJ’s Wholesale, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and so on.

Rabbit-proofing Your House

Just as you would if you were bringing home a newborn infant, you need to make sure that your house is physically prepared for your new pet rabbit. Because rabbits have certain tendencies—chewing and digging, for instance—there are specific ways in which you should “rabbit-proof” your home to ensure safety and comfort for your pet.

Rabbits can move quickly, of course, and they can squirm into very tight nooks and crannies, so start by blocking off any potential escape routes or tunnels—the spaces under a fridge, holes in your wall, open doors, stairwells, etc.

Rabbits also love to chew, and while this is instinctive and necessary for their dental health, you need to make sure they don’t chew on dangerous items. If you have wood or carpet or any other potentially dangerous materials in your rabbit’s cage or the surrounding area, carefully observe to ensure that your bunny isn’t chewing on any of it. Cover furniture legs, put away or restrict access to computer cords, phone cords, cables, and so on.

Moreover, as chemicals can be very harmful or even fatal to your pet, make sure you’re your bunny doesn’t get into any cleaning fluids, pesticides, cosmetics, etc.

Some House Plants are Poisonous

When rabbit-proofing, many new pet-owners fail to realize that there is one obvious danger that they fail to protect against. If you have flowers or plants in your house, it’s important to realize that they can actually be dangerous for your rabbit. Rabbits may chew on plant leaves, dig through dirt, or ingest harmful insecticides that may be sprayed on the plants. So block off access to these types of objects, or remove them from your house.

by Andrea Austin, Rabbits-n-Bunnies.com

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