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How to House a Rabbit

 

First, read Ten Reasons Not to Put a Rabbit in a Hutch

and then come back here to see suggestions on what you can do.

This page includes links and inspiration as you scroll down.

 

All domesticated rabbits are descendants of European rabbits and that means our little fuzzy friends are diggers by nature.  Currently, there are warrens in Europe that undermine buildings, athletic fields, roads and are so deep dogs are routinely getting stuck in them when chasing a bunny down a rabbit hole.  (See a sample of their wild warren entrances at the bottom of this page.)  By the way, the bunny in the photo is Groucho who was the "perfect" bunny. He lived as a lop king in his rabbit castle! 

 

What to Consider:

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Your Rabbit's Personality.  Is your rabbit spayed or neutered and litter trained.  How old is the rabbit and is the bunny still a "teenager?"  Some rabbits don't chew wires and gnaw furniture legs, have perfect bathroom habits and are able to live outside a cage.  My Groucho was like that and for a long time he lived with a kitty condo house and used a litter box right next to my computer desk.  The wires were very safe since he ignored them.  As the picture shows, other pets in the house had access to the his romaine and cilantro salad.

 

bundigs4.JPG (96724 bytes)Bunny Proofing Once Rosemary came to live with Groucho, everyone had to adjust.  She was a chewer, a jumper and gnawed on everything.  It was like having a kangaroo in the house.  A puppy pen at 36 inches high and 3 1/2 ft. wide by 10 ft. long fenced in both rabbits until Rosemary became a fairly calm adult.  There was plenty of room to run in the pen.  But the rabbits always had many supervised hours out in the home running free everyday.

 

A Place to Hide Notice in both pictures there is a cat condo.  One is carpet covered and okay for a rabbit who doesn't eat carpet.  The other one is no longer being manufactured, but the bunnies loved running though it and sleeping together inside.  A rabbit who will chew plastic will need a different hiding place made of cardboard or untreated wood.  There are other similar products if you look.

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Non-Toxic Construction Amy Spintman created this Cottontail Cottage. It has some bunny-friendly enhancements. It looks great, too! Simple cardboard boxes also work.  Cut a few holes in them and put them on the floor.  Most rabbits will enjoy investigating every inch of the box and end up lounging inside.  Also, visit Cosmo's Website by Tracy for more ideas.

 

Adequate Room - Leith Petwerks makes wonderful rabbit condos that are attractive, sturdy and well thought out for rabbit comfort.  If nothing is too good for your rabbit, then this is the ticket!  They make them in one story, two and even three level condos.  These condos provide adequate room for one, two rabbits or even three rabbits.  Most pet store cages are inadequate and don't allow a rabbit to even stand up or stretch out!  They are house rabbit owners themselves. I have 2 of these myself and can attest to their quality.  And, if I can assemble one, anyone can.  See Rosemary and Bumble in their Condo on the left.  They get lots of run time, but they enjoy lounging on the second level and watching the cats walk by.

 

 

On the right is a set-up to either permanently or temporarily house rabbits in puppy pens or also known as x-pens on the right.  I have the female in a 2 ft. x 6 ft. pen and the pair in a 4 ft. x 6 ft. pen on linoleum.  Notice the edges of the linoleum  are outside the pens so they can't chew it.  The round litter box tops are little houses that rabbits can't stand on and jump out.  There are big hay filled litter boxes in the pens.  The rabbits still get out for 2 hours of exercise when they were in this set up.   I have also attached a puppy pen to a two-story bunny condo like the one above on the left so the bunnies had a 4 ft. by 6 ft. "yard" in front of their condo.  If I used a shorter cage (and the doors are always open), I made sure there were things on top of the cage so the rabbits couldn't hop up and out of their living quarters.  Click on the photo to see a larger version.

 

Other Spacious Ideas - Neat Idea Cubes - you can get them in office supply stores and they can make a great bunny habitat with a little imagination.  There are several links for ideas on using Neat Idea Cubes.  Bunny Buddies has plans for making cages using Neat Idea Cubes or try these two links for more ideas: Princess Blackie  and NIC Cubes.  Also see:  House Rabbit Habitats  by the House Rabbit Society. There are photos and ideas for other rabbit homes.

 

How to Build a Rabbit Condo: Robert in British Columbia sent me a link to his website that shows how to build a rabbit condo using 14" wire storage squares.  See it at:  http://rabbitcondo.com.

 

More for a do-it-yourselfers here are some ideas. The two on the left used to be sold in the United Kingdom and the others are from unknown sources.  However, someone handy with tools might find these designs fairly simple to recreate:

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INSPIRATION: Below are photos sent in to Hopperhome over the years showing various rabbit habitats.  If one of these is your rabbit house, let me know so I can credit you or remove if you wish. Click on pictures to see a larger version.

                    

                                             

Warren Entrances of European Wild Rabbits

  

 

 

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