Reasons to get an indoor rabbit cage
The first thought that might come to mind when you think about a cage for your rabbit is that it’s unfair. Maybe you’ve thought about letting your pet roam free around your house, but it’s dangerous to let it out unsupervised, and you need to provide a den where it can feel safe. Setting your rabbit free in your home will create all sorts of problems. It’ll start chewing things like phone cables, or worse, electrical cords. You run the risk of stepping over it, it can eat something that will cause illness, and the list can go on. It’s good that it can hop and run, it needs the exercise, but never leave it unsupervised. Rabbits in the wild usually have dens, so don’t feel guilty about putting it into its cage. It needs a place where it can hide and feel comfortable.
What to look for in an indoor rabbit cage
A good rule of thumb when it comes to size is 4 to 5 times the size of a adult rabbit at the least. They should never be housed permanently in small cages. Keep in mind that you will add items into the cage, so think about how comfortable it’ll be for your pet to get around.
You should get the largest house your budget can allow. This way, you won’t have to upgrade as it grows. You can get a multi-level cage, but only if you’re willing to clean it up on a regular basis. It’s best to have a smaller clean den than a dirty bunny mansion. The height of a cage should be enough so the rabbit’s ears don’t touch the top as it stands straight.
Most cages will have grid floors. You should make sure to add a solid padded surface. Some breeds do not have enough cushion on their feet, so they can end up getting irritated or damaged.
You’ll want a large opening on your cage to take your rabbit in and out with ease. This will make it much easier to clean. Some doors also work as ramps, which is good, unless it has a metal grid surface. Others will let you remove the top entirely, but in the end it’s a matter of personal preference.
Rabbits are usually clean creatures. You can easily train it to use a litter box, so look for a model that has a litter box or enough space to place one.
Indoor rabbit cage or outdoor hutch?
The benefit of an indoor cage is that they are usually easier to move around. Outdoor hutches are often heavier, and are not made to be portable. The decision is up to you, maybe you live in a cold area, and it’s not suitable to have your pet outdoors. You can also get both, indoor cages are great to keep it warm and safe, and outdoor hutches will allow it to breathe fresh air and get a workout on the grass. It’s important that you think this carefully. It’s more convenient to make the investment once. Let it grow into a house that will still have enough room for it to be comfortable. No matter how large its cage is, it’s very important to let it out often. You must supervise it, unless you have something like a rabbit run that keeps it out of harm.