What to Consider for Indoor Rabbit Homes
When considering indoor rabbit homes, there are many arrangements that are possible. It is important that the style of indoor housing pen for your house rabbit is an appropriate option, both for you and your pet.
Contrary to many a belief, rabbits don't need to be kept in a cage. What you may want to have is a pen area in which your rabbit has freedom, yet is kept safe. It's important that your rabbit get daily indoor or outdoor exercise, and is supervised by you.
Rabbits make such delightful pets - I've owned and fostered rabbits - and it's only natural that we want to include them in our home. Let's take a look at the options for indoor rabbit homes to keep your pet safe and happy.
Rabbit Cage Versus Pen
Keeping a rabbit constantly confined to a cage is just plain cruel. How would you feel being cooped up in your closet? There is nothing wrong with keeping a rabbit in a cage, as long as it's large enough and your pet gets enough daily freedom.
It's preferred that you keep your house rabbit in an indoor pen, such as the one shown in the picture. What a rabbit pen allows is enough space for your rabbit to call it home. What this looks like, however, is only limited by your imagination. You can either buy or build your own rabbit pen. It should be at least 3 feet high, so your rabbit can't jump over it.
Indoor Rabbit Cage
If you purchase an indoor rabbit cage to use, it should be at least 4 times the size of your rabbit stretched out. The bigger, the better!
A rabbit cage comes in handy when you want to clean up your home, or when you have visitors, or for when you are unable to supervise your pet.
You can use rabbit litter on the cage floor, or put a rabbit litter box in there. Every rabbit is different, so you will have to try to see what works best for your rabbit.
I would highly recommend that you get an indoor rabbit cage that has a front door, so the rabbit can jump in and out on its own accord! The cages that are on wheels, or with only an opening on top are impractical.
Providing Your Rabbit with Exercise in a Pen
If your rabbit cannot have run of the house, or a rabbit-proofed room (away from wires, pets, poisonous plants, etc.) then an exercise pen will work nicely. Don't forget that your rabbit would still love time outside of its pen to run around and play.
Rabbits are most active during dawn and dusk, so its best to give your pet some run of your house during those hours. You would supervise your rabbit as it hopped around your house (and how curious it will be!). Your rabbit will have enough room to jump in the air and do 'binkies'! Soo fun to watch. :)
It is also easy to learn How to Litter Train a Rabbit.
Inside The Rabbit Home
Essential to any rabbit pen are basic rabbit supplies, such as food bowls (one for veggies/fruit, one for pellets), a water bowl (more natural for rabbit than a bottle), and a litter box with litter. Hay you can put anywhere.
Also, to keep your rabbit healthy and happy, you need to provide it with rabbit toys in its pen. Provide your rabbit with safe toys for mental stimulation and physical activity. Things to climb in, crawl under, hop on and around, dig into, toss around, and chew on are some options.
Toy ideas for an indoor rabbit home include:
-Cardboard box, for crawling inside, jumping on, and chewing
-Cardboard rolls, such as from paper towel and toilet paper
-Tunnels and tubes
-Untreated wicker baskets or boxes
-Magazines or newspaper
-Cat toys, such as Batta balls
-Parrot toys that can be tossed, or hung from the cage
-Dried pine cones
-Hand towel, for bunching and scooting
-Untreated and aged wood, twigs, logs
-Untreated sea grass or maize mats
Do not keep your rabbit in an aquarium or a solid walled cage, as these don't provide enough air circulation and can also cause detrimental heat build-up. Also, don't use wire flooring as this is hard on a rabbit's feet.
Rabbit Doing Binkies
opatoday on August 23, 2013:
interesting rabbit cages
Aleayah on August 30, 2012:
great idea :)
adelelilyxx on August 27, 2012:
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anonymous on March 20, 2012:
great idea, thanks for sharing
toiletbowl3 on December 07, 2011:
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bizgrrl (author) from Vancouver, Canada on August 07, 2011:
@Murphypig: Exactly, thanks! :) Indoors or outdoors, but with lots of love and attention.
Murphypig on July 10, 2011:
great advice! I hope more people realize that a rabbit doesn't belong in a small hutch at the end of the garden. This is how rabbits should live :-)
bizgrrl (author) from Vancouver, Canada on June 25, 2011:
@GramaBarb: Thank you! :)
GramaBarb from Vancouver on June 24, 2011: