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Indoor Rabbit Cages

As you prepare to bring a new pet rabbit into your home, the single most important item is a good indoor rabbit cage or hutch. Toys and carriers are fun to buy, but they should not be your primary focus. The cage is what will keep your pet safe, especially when you aren’t around to supervise. Selecting the right cage size, design, material, and placement will ensure that your pet enjoys a safe and happy transition into your family. Indoor rabbit cages are also designed to be easy to clean and help reduce or eliminate pet odor, so the right cage will make the transition easy on the rest of your family as well.

Indoor Rabbit Cage Sizes

Indoor Rabbit Cages As a general rule of thumb, the more time you expect your rabbit to stay in its cage, the larger the indoor rabbit cage needs to be. If you let your pet hop around the house and only use the cage while you are away, then something as small as 24” x 15” will suffice. A standard size is a bit larger, either 30” x 15” or 24” x 21” depending on the shape of the area you’d like to keep the cage. Also, if you are lucky enough to have a bonded pair of rabbits, you will need to give them even more space. Keep in mind that once two rabbits, regardless of gender, have bonded, you must keep them together. Separation puts too much stress on the animals, even if it’s just for a short trip to the vet’s office.

Nature of the Cage Floor

You will find that indoor rabbit cages employ a variety of materials for the cage floor. Some people like to have a solid surface to help keep shavings, food, and rabbit droppings within the cage. The drawback is that the solid surfaces are incredibly tough to keep clean. You probably will not enjoy emptying the cage every week or so in order to scrub the floor clean. Instead, I find it easier to use a 1” x ½” wire mesh bottom, or even a ½” x ½” mesh for dwarf rabbits with smaller feet. If you are concerned about your rabbit developing sore feet, you can monitor the fur growth on their feet. If you start to notice bare patches, provide a solid board in part of the cage for your rabbit to sit and sleep on until the fur grows back. This is very rarely a problem, and has only been observed in the larger, heavier breeds.

Rabbit Cage Design & Material

You will find all sorts of wood, plastic, and metal indoor rabbit cages and hutches online and in pet stores. You might find a cage with a design that works well with your décor, but beware of materials that are not durable enough to withstand urine and feces staining, scratching, and regular sanitization. Most rabbit owners report that the galvanized metal cages are the easiest to work with, so if you don’t like the metal finish, opt for a painted cage in a color that suits your room and aesthetic.

Cage Placement

Indoor rabbit cage placement is an important consideration. You want to keep the cage out of any heating or air conditioning vent blasts in order to provide your pet with a moderate and stable climate. It is a good idea to keep the cage away from windows because you don’t want the cage to be in direct sunlight at any point throughout the day. The interior corner of a family room or bedroom is usually the perfect spot for an indoor rabbit cage.