Rabbits need to be cage-free, if a rabbit is litter box trained and your home is rabbit proof, there should be no problem with having them roam freely. Most of the cages sold at pet stores are too small for rabbits; they should have enough space to hop and flop inside their enclosure. However, there are great alternatives for rabbit enclosures if your rabbit is not allowed to freely roam.
An enclosure needs to be at least four times the size of your rabbit in the stretched out position. Cooper’s enclosure was large enough for him to hop and run around in. In 2018 we moved into a new home, Cooper was notorious for ripping out carpet and chewing on baseboards, so we needed to protect it. With the help of my brother-in-law, we built him a 6ft by 4ft enclosure.
- Bunny Cottages – The one I have for Cooper comes in a variety of shapes and sizes
Dog Crates – Can be a spacious alternative to a rabbit enclosure, just make sure to purchase a crate for large dog breeds. They are inexpensive, rustproof, collapsible and easy to clean.
Cube Condos – a/k/a NIC Cube condos are an affordable and easy alternative to bunny housing. You can customize the condo size as needed and are easy to build, here are instructions on how to build them: http://breyfamily.net/bunnycage.html
- Busy Bunny has amazing bunny cottages
- Amazon does too
Exercise Pens – I have two of these for when I traveled with Cooper. You can buy an extra large one, or join several exercise pens at the hinges. This will give your rabbit enough room to hop around in. Make sure the height is according to your rabbit, some rabbits are high jumpers and can jump over anything!
Free Range – If you can have a free-range rabbit, always make sure to cover all cords and wires around the house. Bunny-proofing your home will make the experience much better for everyone. You can assign an area of your home for your rabbit by adding a bed, litter box, a hay box, food & water bowls and leaving some toys for them to play with. They’ll know that that is their area, so start with a small room in your house.
Make sure the enclosure doesn’t have wire flooring as this is hard on their feet. Rabbits don’t have pads like dogs and cats, and wire flooring can cause sore hocks. If you must, please provide your rabbit with a hay mat or fleece blankets for them to rest on.
To learn more about rabbit enclosures visit House Rabbit Society‘s website, you can learn more about Outdoor and Indoor Hazards to help protect your rabbit.