Rabbits should be cage free, if you litter train your rabbit and bunny proof your home, there should be no problem with having a cage free rabbit.
Most cages sold in pet stores are too small for rabbits; rabbits should be able to hop around with no complication inside their cage. There are great alternatives if you’re not able to allow your rabbit to roam freely while you are away from home.
Cooper’s living arrangement
Cooper has a large cage, big enough for him to hop around in since he only weighs 2.1 lbs; however, the door to his cage is never closed! Except when I’m cleaning his room because he follows me around inspecting everything, so you know I don’t get work done with my boss on top of my shoulder! Ha!
His cage has a loft area, which is where I keep his food bowl; on the bottom part of the cage I keep a fleece blanket (to prevent sore hocks) and a litter box. He hops out into a nice plush green carpet (imitating grass ha!) and to the left he has his water bowl. In front, he has a bunny cottage, purchased off Binky Bunny. This cottage has several entrances and has two levels; in the bottom part I keep a bed because he likes to sleep in there. In a corner, next to his “bachelor pad” he has another litter box.
I have the surrounding walls protected with a playpen; this is to prevent him from chewing on the baseboards. Cooper likes to chew on our baseboards so at nighttime I close him in his private area with the playpen I mentioned previously. This area gives him sufficient room to hop & jump around; he has his open cage and the two level bachelor pad; among his food, water and litter boxes. Cooper is really mischievous at nighttime and early in the morning, which is why during these hours he is enclosed in his private area. During the evenings or weekends when we are away from home, Cooper is allowed to roam freely. Basically, this means he can chill on the sofa, that’s where we always find him when we arrive home!
Bunny Cottages like the one I have for Cooper, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Busy Bunny also sales bunny havens
Dog Crates make a great and spacious bunny home, make sure to purchase the crates big enough for large dog breeds. They are inexpensive, rust proof, fold-able and easy to clean.
Dr. Foster and Smith is my go to place for all of Cooper’s essential needs, check them out; they also have affordable dog crates.
Exercise Pens like the one I have for Cooper is also a great idea, specially if you don’t want to keep a cage for your rabbit. You can buy an extra large one, depending on your available room, or join several exercise pens at the hinges. This will give your rabbit enough room to hop around and jump. Make sure the height is according to your rabbit, some rabbits are high jumpers and can jump over anything!
Free range If you are able to have a free range rabbit, always make sure to cover all cords and wires around the house. You want to protect you rabbit from ever getting. 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 bowl and leaving some toys to play with. They’ll know this is their area so start off small, starting with one room in your house. Making sure everything in the room is bunny proof, remember they can jump onto anything so any plant or fruits might be accessible to them even in high places.
To learn more about housing for your rabbit visit House Rabbit Society‘s website, you can learn more about Outdoor and Indoor Hazards to help protect your rabbit.