A rabbit can make a wonderful addition to your family. However, housing a bunny can be a bit tricky, especially if you’ve never had experience with one before. Before you bring home one of these furry friends, make sure that you understand the do’s and don’ts of housing.
What to do
Before you adopt a rabbit, choose a hutch that is at least four or five times the size of your bunny. The cage will need to be much larger if you plan on adopting more than one. In order to save space, consider purchasing a multi-level model. For more advice on which housing option you should choose, call your local pet clinic.
Make sure that your furry friend has flat surfaces to walk on. Although slatted bars at the base of a cage can make cleaning up waste much easier, they can cause foot pain.
Set up the cage before you bring your bunny home. Make sure he has plenty of toys, a safe place to sleep and hide, as well as a food and water bowl that are filled and ready to be used.
Bunnies can be potty trained, so make sure you provide your little critter with a litter box! Choose a rabbit-friendly product and make sure you clean the tray at least once a day. If you can successfully train your pet, you won’t have to clean the bedding in the rest of the cage as often.
What not to do
Rabbits are social creatures, so it’s never a good idea to place your pet’s cage in the back corner of your home. You should always place your bunny’s hutch in rooms that your family frequents in order to ensure lots of positive interaction.
Don’t leave your pet alone for extended periods of time. Because rabbits are so social, they require regular interaction. Plan to spend time with your bunny every day and providing him with plenty of toys and exercise. If you worry that you won’t be able to provide your furry friend with the interaction he needs, consider adopting more than one.
Never use harsh household cleaners in your rabbit’s cage as they can make him very sick.
With a little patience, your rabbit will settle in and become a beloved member of your family. For more housing tips, don’t hesitate to contact your local pet care center.