How to build a bunny enclosure
It's important to have an enclosure in your home where you can keep your bunny safely when you are at work or at night. Although you can buy bunny cages in pet stores many people find their bunnies outgrow these spaces and then choose to expand them more into an enclosed area. This gives their bunnies space to binky about and leaves enough room for toys and other essentials like litter trays and hay feeders.
In this guide we show you how to build a typical indoor enclosure, commonly used by other bunny owners and where the best place is to put it in your home.
We also have a guide to how big it should be and ideas for the best flooring to use.
What you need to build a bunny enclosure
The simplest way to build an enclosure is to use one or more pet pens to create a perimeter fence. These come in a pack of large sheets of wire fencing that can be clipped together, look out for ones with a gate built into them which can give you access without having to un-clip or climb over the fence each time you need to pass.
These fences come with plastic clips or systems where they slot together however its best to secure this further with some cable ties as a resourceful bunny given enough time can chew or smash their way out.
Remember bunnies, especially young kits can be good climbers so make sure it's a full sized fence, the bigger the better. You may want to keep an eye on it at first to see if your bunny can climb out. If so, you will need to build the sides up a bit or put a cover over the top. Some pens come with covers which can be very helpful if your bunny is a bit of an escape artist.
It can be helpful to build the enclosure around a more secure cage such as a bunny cage or large dog cage. This can be attached together using cable ties. This will not only make the structure more solid it will also give your bunny an inner space it can relax in and feel safe.
How big should I make my bunny enclosure
There is no limit to the maximum space you can give your bunny and the bigger the better so this really comes down to how much space you can give up in your home. You do need to be careful about the minimum space required and you can find some good advice regarding this on the RWAF website.
You should consider the minimum space to be big enough for your bunny to carry out its natural behaviors such as hopping about, at least three steps, it needs to be able to stretch up and reach its full height.
You will also need extra room for the other things inside the enclosure such as a litter try, water bowl or feeder, hay feeder and some toys and a hideaway. Remember bunnies can pick up quite a lot of speed when the binky about so you don't want them crashing into things.
Where is the best place to put my bunny enclosure?
You will need to find somewhere calm and secure for your enclosure to live, remember bunnies don't like loud noise and are easily scared so avoid chaotic spaces like a utility area with noisy appliances or kitchen or pantry where the crashing of pans or food smells may be disturbing. Rooms where children play can also disturb your bunny and if they are in a den make sure it is not next to stereo speakers or a TVs to avoid loud amplified noises.
Lastly make sure the temperature in the room is even and does not overheat in the summer or get to cold in the winter and, conservatoires that get very hot can be unsuitable. Check for drafts at floor level as this can be uncomfortable for your bunny. The best place is a corner of a heated and ventilated room in your home that does not get any though traffic and is not in direct sunlight so your bunny can be safely left alone to relax.
What the best floor to use in my bunny enclosure
Bunny enclosure can get a bit messy so it's best to cover the floor to stop any damaged. This can also offer a bit of insulation and add a bit of grip to slippery floors to stop your bunny sliding about. It can be especially helpful to cover heavily carped floors which can be hard to clean. There are a number of options people go for which best suits their bunny.
Typical floor covering
- Carpet off-cut, you can pick these up at a discount piece in most carpet stores.
- Rugs or blankets, make sure its made of a natural material, avoid synthetic materials with rubberised back or strands of synthetic material in case your bunny chews them.
- Children's play mats as these are tough and easy to wipe clean, keep an eye on these to see if its being eaten as this may be harmful.