If you are a rabbit owner, you probably know that both indoor and outdoor rabbit cages can take quite a beating. The animals like to chew on the bars of the cage, heat and rain can weaken or stress the materials, and just regular wear and tear from continued use can take its toll. Store-bought cages may look fancy, but they are often expensive, damage easily, and can be difficult to clean. If you’ve found this to be the case, consider making your own rabbit cage! You can purchase all the materials you need online or at a local hardware store, and the project is quick and simple. You should be able to finish the construction in one day and start using the cage immediately.
Rabbit Cage Supplies
An all wire rabbit cage tends to be the most durable, easy to clean, and odor free. In my opinion, they are also the easiest to make, as you don’t need any carpentry skills or fancy equipment. You will need a roll of 1” x 1” 14-gauge woven wire for the majority of the cage, and a slightly more delicate 1” x ½” 14 to 16-gauge woven wire to use as the cage floor. This material is easy to work with as long as you have bolt cutters, hog ring pliers, and hog rings for making the necessary connections. You will also want to have a measuring tape on hand to check and double-check lengths before you start cutting.
Rabbit Cage Size
A standard cage size is 30” x 36” with an 18” height; however, a dwarf rabbit can be kept in a smaller cage, while multiple rabbits will need a bit more room. You can customize the dimensions of the cage, just be sure to use the 1” x ½” mesh wire for the cage floor so that you pet’s feet don’t get caught or broken.
Rabbit Cage Construction
Start by cutting the top and bottom panels for your rabbit cage. For the standard size cage, this would be one 30” x 36” rectangle of each size wire mesh. Then cut a single 18” x 132” panel from the 1” x 1” wire mesh to serve as the four sides of the cage. Bend this long piece at right angles in three places, counting 36 squares in for the first fold, then another 30 and 36 for the last two folds. Making the sides of the cage from a solid piece of wire mesh saves you a lot of cutting and joining of pieces.
Use the hog rings to close the newly folded wire mesh into a solid rectangle. You will want to space the rings about 4-5” apart. Attach the lid and floor in the same manner. You should now have a very sturdy closed box.
To finish up the cage, you just need to make a door. Find a position on one of the 36” sides where you would like to place the cage door. Cut a 13” wide opening that spans from 2” above the cage floor to just 2” below the lid. Cut a new mesh wire panel that exceeds the dimensions of the hole you just cut by 1” in each direction. Connect either the left or right side of this door panel to the cage with hog rings so that the piece can freely swing open and closed. You can purchase a pre-made door latch that is rabbit-proof to keep your pet or pets from escaping! Before you put your tools away, you may also consider cutting a hole in the cage for your rabbit feeder. Most feeders need a 2” x 8” opening.