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Indoor Rabbit Cages: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Bunny in an Indoor Rabbit CageSo you have a house rabbit and now want to know the best way to contain your bunny.  Many people allow their bunnies to run free range around the house 24/7.  But for some rabbit owners this is not practical for many reasons.

Below we will look at several different "cage" ideas and what is the best choice for you and your bunny.  Just remember, whatever cage you choose, you bunny MUST have several hours of exercise and social time everyday!



Indoor Rabbit Cages

Cages, while not the optimum choice for housing your pet, can be used judiciously.   As long as you are faithful about making sure your house rabbit gets plenty of exercise, interaction, and time to play, a large cage should be appropriate.  Make sure there’s lots of room for your pet to move around.  Also, there needs to be room for your bunny’s food, water, litter box and toys

Remember the wire bottom of a cage can be tough on bunny’s tender paw pads and grids can trap your pet‘s foot.  Provide wood or tile to line the bottom so your pet doesn’t get injured.  If you allow your pet to roam free within the room where the cage is located, make sure your cage has a pet-door.  Never confine your pet rabbit in a glass aquarium. 

A cage like the one shown is ok for bunnies 4 lbs or less.  Click here to get one on Amazon now.



Custom House Rabbit Enclosure

A custom enclosure makes a fine option for your pet rabbit.  You can find separate wire storage cubes at most big box stores and build the enclosure yourself, often for less than the cost of a cage or puppy pen .  Stacking the cubes creates levels and using metal or wood slats between the levels creates a floor for your pet.  The levels offer your pet the opportunity to get a bit of exercise and relieve boredom.

Be careful not to leave unintended gaps in the slats as your rabbit could get stuck and suffer an injury.  Make sure the slats are secured for the same reason.  Don’t ever attempt to make your own enclosure using chicken wire.  The wire is easy for a rabbit to chew through.

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Puppy Play Pens for Your Bunny

Puppy pens provide an excellent environment for your house rabbit, especially if you plan to eventually allow your pet to roam about the room.  A large puppy pen provides enough space for food and litter, is movable, and helps your bunny become accustomed to an area of the room as his or her own space. 

Puppy pens come without a top enclosure, so make sure you get one that’s high enough to prevent escape.  Also, protect your floor by lining the bottom of the pen with a piece of vinyl, wood or a rug.  Just make sure your bunny doesn’t tear up and ingest the material as this could be harmful.

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Open Room

If you have an available room that has been bunny-proofed,  consider letting your house rabbit roam free about that area.  Your pet will enjoy the freedom of being able to hop, run or investigate his or her surroundings at leisure.  Place litter, food, water and a box with fresh hay in an area of the room designated for your bunny.   Your pet needs a specific place to call his own when need be.



Outdoor Rabbit Hutches

Outdoor rabbit hutches are not recommended.  For one reason, you’ll want to keep your house rabbit protected from both the elements and predators.  For another, your pet is social and so are you.  Take the time to invest in a relationship with your house rabbit and you won’t be disappointed!

However, hutches can be good to give your bunny a bit of time outside on a mild day OR use the hutch in your home!  Many hutches these days are very attractive and would make great indoor enclosures.

A word of caution:  There are several rabbit hutches on the market today that have pens on the bottom for your bunny to munch on grass.  However these pens do not have bottoms!  That means your bun can easily dig out without constant supervision!

Check out some of the cool hutch designs on Amazon here

  1. I like the custom enclosure option, we bought a two storey cage for the two buns we have and thought they'd be fine since we let them out lots. But then puberty hit and they went for each other, got them neutered and they're fine and bonded now, but we now have two very expensive two storey cages for buns that have the freedom of the majority of the aprtment anyway! Something we could have built and segregated would have been great! 

  2. So true! Check out this video on building a custom rabbit condo out of storage cubes:
    The best thing we ever did was build custom enclosures for our rabbits, I only wish I had been educated prior to getting our first rabbit so I wouldn't have spent all the money on a too-small rabbit cage that cost more than building a giant custom house and given them the room they needed from the beginning!

  3. christina christina

    I have a lion head bunny he is now 9 months old…he remains in his cage during the day while i work but lets him out several times during the evening…this little raskle goes after everythign to chew when i put him out in the house….is there a way to break him from this…because he gives me a good workout running after him so he dont chew up all my baseboards and tables in my home….any sugestions?

    • I have a lionhead as well, and she is the same way.  Our Holland Lop is much easier going.  I wonder if it's more of a breed trait?  In any case… We use copious amounts of cardboard to block areas (easy to replace and very chew-friendly).  Constant supervision as well!  Also, our little girl is about 4 months old and in need of spaying… is your bun altered yet?  If not, it might help with the destructive behavior.  I make sure to have plenty of rabbit friendly toys around to let our buns satisfy their chewing needs – cardboard boxes/tunnels, wood toys, toilet paper rolls, hay, phone books, shredded paper in baskets and boxes, etc.  This seems to help, so when they start to get into things, I distract with something they can have.  Hope this helps!!

  4. Brandy Anderson Brandy Anderson

    I use the open room style. I have two pair of rabbits and by bunny proofing the bedroom and my office we have encorperated the rabbits into our lives but they are still prevented from getting to eachother. For my minilop and minirex who have the bedroom we have a gate across the door and cords are covered. They don't bother the walls or anything we happen to have on the floor, which is good because my husband can never seem to hit the hamper. For my office a bit more bunny proofing was in order. My english angora loves to get into trouble and his minisatin bunwife follows his lead. I used NIC pannels to line the walls of the room to protect base boards and I keep covered wires behind the aditional NIC protection. It's great to be able to interact with the rabbits in a shared space. They still have lots of toys and hide spots of their own but they can come nose bonk us for attention any time they want. I love waking up to a little bun on my pillow.

  5. How adorable!! I would certainly siggest if you can keep your pet rabbits indoors and get ourself anice sized indoor hutch. This way they are more likely to stay a safer enviroment than say being in your back garden.

  6. Patti Patti

    We have 2 rabbits who won't bond no matter how much we try. They just do not like each other, so for this reason we have them in the same room but separated by a baby gate.
    We moved the dressers around and put gates in between them so they have half of the master bedroom. With lots of room to run although they are contained. It works well and they lay beside each other with the gate in between them 🙂
    We have aquired a new bun. He is only 6 months old and isn't going int oget fixed until January. He is not litter trained and very chewy.He was let run around the bedroom at his old house and chewed everything in sight. So he is appart from them at the moment. We are hoping that after he is neutered he will bond with our male lionhead. Right now the poor thing is in a cage (huge three story bird cage) and he seems to hate it but until he is neutured he is going to have to stay there, the little dickens 🙂

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