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If you are thinking of using clear acrylic sheeting such as perspex or plexiglass in a rabbit enclosure then here are the pros and cons of using this material as well as some ideas of how other bunny owners have put it to good use.
Some of the draw backs of using Acrylic
One of the main draw back of using acrylic is that it is a brittle material and when put under stress will often shatter. This makes it a hard material to work with as its will often break when cut or if screwed down to tightly. This can also make it unsuitable if not used correctly in an enclosure especially if its covering a large area, is fitted poorly and is not strong enough. It can be dangerous if it does smashed for some reason as it will break into sharp shards which could easily cause harm. If you are thinking of using it always make sure its strong enough and fitted securely.
Another draw back Is it can quickly become scratched and damaged making it less appealing and if its in an area where your rabbit spends time eating or is near where it goes to the toilet these scuffed areas would become hard to clean.
Another thing to consider is that although rabbits don’t vocalise any noise they do enjoy smashing around and will quickly learn to use the surface to scratch and drum on which can become an annoyance.
Lastly be mindful that rabbits are a prey animal and often prefer a bit of cover when they relay. Always make sure they still have a shady area where they can feel less exposed to have a snooze in. If you create an environment with clear sides you may take away this scene of shelter.
Acrylic can be used in rabbit enclosures if done properly
What it does offer
The advantages of using acrylic where you would typically use wood sheeting is that also acts as a solid barrier which can be used to contain the spread of mess but still allow you to see what your rabbits doing and hopefully for you rabbit to see out and fell more included in hats going on. Acrylic is also a lot tougher then wood sheeting and won’t suffer damage like wood from spilt water or toilet mess which can cause wood to warp or decay. It will also be a lot more resistant to chewing ans scratching then wood which tend to be a target of this type of unwanted behaviour.
One clever way this material can be put to use is when its mounted directly onto a wall to protect it. If for instance you have built a large pen that uses a wall as a part of its perimeter then fitting a sheet of clear material will stop an damage to the wall paper or wall and be nicer looking then if you where to cover it with another material such as wood. It can be flexible enough go all the way to the floor to cover over the base boards.