How to choose the best housing for your bunny

  Choosing proper housing for your rabbit is one of the most important things that you as an owner can do to help your bunny lead a quality life. Since this is where your bunny will spend most of its time, it is vital that this space is set up properly for your bunny. Here we have a few suggestions of the best ways to house your rabbit, along with several ways to save money on rabbit housing.

Brown holland lop rabbit

  First of all, the best thing you can do for your bunny is to free roam. Free roaming a bunny means letting them have a room, floor, or even an entire house to roam and live in. Bunnies, much like cats, can be litter box trained once they've been spayed or neutered. Once this is done, your bunny can have free roam of a bunny-proofed space while keeping their mess to a smaller area. Some bunny parents will set up a small area on a rug, mat, etc. where they place the bunny's litter box & dishes. Rabbits are very smart and clean animals, and usually do very will with litter box training. Rabbits who are not spayed or neutered can be litter box trained, however this process will be much more difficult and sometimes impossible without the rabbit having been fixed. Even though spaying or neutering can be pricey, you will end up saving a ton in the end by not having to purchase cages! Not only will free roaming give you more quality time with your bunny, but it will give your bunny the space they truly desire and love!

Example of dedicated  bunny room Open rabbit space built into a desk

  We understand that free roaming doesn't work in every situation. If your bunny is too young to be spayed or neutered yet, keeping them in a smaller space helps make cleanup easier until they can be litter trained. Other factors such as space, other people living in the home who do not want the rabbit free roaming, other pets in the home, housing rules, or inability to spay/neuter or litter train your bunny are common problems people have which get in the way of free roaming your bunny. For those of you who fall into this category, we have a few suggestions to ways you can still properly house your bunny.

Grey holland lop baby bunny sleeping

  As an alternative to free roaming, the second best option is the use of an x-pen. Not only are x-pens extremely inexpensive, but they give bunnies more space than a cage would. Bunnies who are not spayed or neutered can usually use a litter box while in an x-pen fairly well. If you are housing a bunny in an x-pen and your rabbit is not litter trained, some great options are having a tarp bottom, a base with bedding on top that is removed weekly, or simply a surface that will be easy to clean accidents off of. When we house rabbits in x-pens, one of our favorite things to use for cleaning any accidents outside the litter box is a handheld vacuum. This makes cleanup quick, easy, and efficient.

Example of X-pen housing Example of X-pen housing

  Caging should always be a last resort, however this doesn't mean a cage can't be an option. If a cage is what will work best for your situation, it is extremely important that you pick one that will suit your rabbit's needs. One of the most important things you can do is to not simply choose the cutest or prettiest cage or hutch you see on the market. Even though these cages are marketed for rabbits, the majority of them are actually much too small for your rabbit to live in. Instead of going out and buying a $200 cage that you'll end up needing to throw away in a couple months after your bunny outgrows it or chews it up, it is much better to invest in a quality space for your bunny from the start. Even cages that are called "bunny mansions" or "extra large" are often still not suitable for your bunny. We suggest making a diy cage out of C&C grids. Not only will this be cheaper than purchasing a standard rabbit cage, but it is customizable to the space it will be in. C&C grid cages are fairly easy to put together and make it possible to add multiple levels to the cage to increase floor space for your bunny. Even though hutches are sometimes frowned upon in the rabbit community, they are actually one of the best options as long as it is large enough! With hutches, you can find ones available that will give enough space while still keeping your bunny secure. If a hutch is your only option, buy the largest one you can find. We have a few examples in the links down bellow. We always recommend keeping your rabbit indoors, and hutches can make a beautiful addition to an indoor space.

Large cage without wire base ✔ Small wire cage X Medium sized cage without wire base ✔ 3 other examples of good and bad cages

  As a bunny parent, it is YOUR responsibility to give your rabbit the life it deserves. Keeping your rabbit in a properly sized space and making sure you keep this space clean is of the utmost importance. Here we breed dwarf and small breed rabbits, but even though these rabbits are small in size, they need just as much room as large breeds! Dwarf and small breed rabbits have much more energy than larger breeds and so need ample space to run and get their energy out. Rabbits who are kept in spaces that are too small will often become depressed and destructive. By housing your rabbit correctly, you are setting your rabbit up for a happy life.