Is your furry little pet hopping mad
over their current living arrangements? Is your rabbit
cage older than your rabbit? Well it could be time for a
new rabbit cage or hutch.
What Size Cage Does My Rabbit Need?
One of the first things you need to consider
before purchasing a new rabbit cage is the size of your
rabbit's new home. While there are tons of small cages
available on the market, including on this site, they
should not be used as long-term quarters for a pet
rabbit. Rabbits should only be kept in small cages for
brief periods of time. Rabbits should be housed in a
large, clean, secure, and durable cage or hutch. While
there are many rules of thumb for determining the size
of cage your rabbit needs, the easiest method is simple
common sense. Seriously think about how big you are in
comparison to the size of your house or even a room
within your house.
Some cages and hutches have grid floors covering at
least part of the bottom. This allows dirt and waste to
fall through, which allows the rabbit to remain on a
clean surface. This is usually the most practical way of
keeping the rabbit's housing sanitary. However, various
breeds of rabbits require some type of padding on the
floor of their cage, because the soles of their feet
do not have enough cushioning fur pad. Straw or hay
often works great for this purpose. You should ask your
veterinarian if any type of padding needs to be added to
the floor of your rabbit’s house.
Today's animal friendly traps are nothing like the old
claw traps you may have seen in the movies. They are
basically a standard rabbit cage with a door that
automatically closes once the rabbit enters. If a rabbit
has made its way into your residential neighborhood, it
may not be a bad idea to capture it and turn it into a
domestic pet. Wild rabbits do not typically last very
long roaming free in a residential area. Between the
traffic, dogs, and the other circumstances that they will
run into around the human environment, their chances are
slim if left running freely in the open.
Another thing to consider is that the wild rabbit you
have noticed the last few mornings in your backyard may
not be wild at all. Often new pet owners think their
fenced in backyard is a good place to let their bunny
play and exercise. They soon discover that fence was no
obstacle for the fuzzy little rascal.
Escape From The Cage
Having always wanted a pet rabbit, my parents finally
decided to get me one. It was love at first sight and
everyday it was something different with Furball, the
loving name that I had bestowed upon my favorite pet. I
was completely in charge of Furball and at the age of
seven this was something to be proud of.
During my routine of getting Furball out to brush him, I
decided to let Furball have some walking around time.
After all, it must be hard to stay in that cage all day
long! Furball had never been a robust type of rabbit, he
seemed to always be very calm no matter what. But as
soon as his little paws touched the hardwood floor, he
took off as though his very life depended on it.
I was amazed and for a few minutes completely shocked
that he could move that fast. Then I took chase to make
sure that he did not get too far, as mom would not like
it if Furball decided to chew on her shoe strings or
make a mess in her floor. As soon as Furball saw me
coming, he sped up and slid across the hardwood floor,
knocking into a chair. I immediately followed and flew
into the same chair, sending chocolate chip cookies all
over the floor.
But this did not slow down Furball, he continued on his
adventure, slipping and sliding all over the floor with
me hot on his tail. I hit the counter with my hand and
sent Kool Aid flying into the air which landed on
Furball's nice white fur, as well as in my blonde hair.
I did finally catch Furball and immediately took him to
his cage. I made sure that it was locked tightly. I went
back to the kitchen and found that there was no way that
I could hide the destruction that Furball had caused
while on his adventure. Though, that would definitely
not stop me from trying!
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