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by Andrea Austin
Most available rabbit cages (which you can buy at any pet store) are made of wire. Some are made of wood, but these are hard to clean and can be unsanitary. Therefore, I recommend a cage made of metal.
Some cages have wire mesh floors, others have solid floors. The choice is up to you, but there are a few points to keep in mind when making this decision. A solid floor will enable the rabbit to sit and stand comfortably. Wire mesh floors much have openings small enough to guarantee the animal will not get his paws stuck, and so that he is not uncomfortable when he is standing on the wires. In fact, if you buy a wire-bottom cage, you may wish to lay down a bunch of hay, a natural grass mat, a sheet of plastic or a plank of wood (that you can replace for sanitary purposes), so that the cage is more comfy and does not hurt the bunnys feet.
Buying a cage with a slide-out tray can make the cleaning process easier for you. Also, remember that paint or any other sort of metal finisher or stain can pose chemical hazards to rabbits, who like to chew on things.
The Right Size Cage for Your Rabbit
One of the most common question new rabbit owners ask is how large the cage should be. This depends somewhat on the type of rabbit you buy. If you buy a dwarf breed, the cage does not have to be as large as if you were bringing home a giant rabbit, for example. Follow this general rule of thumb: the cage should be high enough to allow the rabbit to stand up on his back legs without bumping his head or ears on the ceiling of the cage. Make sure the floor is big enough to accommodate the rabbit, his litter box, an exercise or sleeping area, and anything else you will be including inside the cage (water bottle, food bowl, etc.).
The above information is to be followed if there is only one rabbit in the cage. If you want to add a second rabbit, add on about half as much space (for a total of 150 percent of the original one-rabbit cage).
How to Build a Cage/Hutch
Pet stores sell many cages, but you may find that you can not 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 do not 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.
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