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Setting Up a Bunny Cage

February 15 2021

Have you recently adopted a rabbit? Congratulations! Giving Floppy a great cage setup is crucial to her health and well-being. A local vet offers some advice on setting up your rabbit’s cage below.

Size

Bunnies need lots of room to run and play. Make sure that Floppy’s cage offers her space to run, jump, hop, stand up, and stretch without tripping over her things or touching the cage walls or sides. Bigger is definitely better!

Location

It’s also important to pick a good spot. Your furball will be happiest if she is in a spot where she can see, hear, and interact with her humans, without feeling too exposed. Often, a spot in a living room or family room is best.

Bunnyproofing

Floppy will need lots of free time every day. You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing, especially around her home base. If you have the space, bunnyproof that entire room for your little buddy. Ask your vet for specific tips on bunnyproofing.

Noise

Rabbits are quite timid, and can be frightened by loud noises or a lot of commotion. Don’t put Floppy’s cage near a TV or speaker. You’ll definitely want to keep it away from your teenager’s drum kit!

Pets

Rabbits can get along with other animals, but Floppy may not be very comfortable with Fido staring in at her. Consider putting it in a spot where you can use a baby gate to keep your canine buddy away if need be.

Substrate

You’ll need to add a suitable substrate. This is one reason we always recommend getting a cage with a solid floor. Wire floors won’t hold substrate very well, and they can cause paw injuries. Avoid pine or cedar substrates: they aren’t safe for small animals.

Hayrack

Grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of Floppy’s diet. You may find a hayrack helps keep things neat. You’ll also have less soiled hay to worry about.

Accessories

A litterbox is optional, but will definitely make cleaning up after your pet much easier. Positioning a hayrack so that Floppy has to jump into her box to get her hay can help with training. Floppy will also need a hide box, a comfy bed, and, of course, lots of toys.

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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