Top 10 indoor rabbit hutches, pens & cages

If you have a house rabbit there will be times when you don’t want them roam free range in your home, for instance when you are at work or at night. During these times you will need to secure your rabbit somewhere safe so it does not come to any harm. This space needs to be fully bunny proofed so you can relax knowing no damage is occurring to your home while you are away. There are lots of types of indoor hutches, pens and enclosures. Read on to see out Top 10 list of the most popular and bet enclosures.
Top 3 Our verdict Overall rating
No.1

Heavy Duty Pet Pen

heavy duty pet pen Much stronger then a pet pen which is great for boisterous rabbits.
4.5/5
No.2

Bunny Proofed Room

rabbit proofed room Bunny proofing a whole room is ideal, expect some damage to doors and skirting boards.
4.5/5
No.3

Office Storage Cubes

Office cube rabbit enclosure Office storage cubes used to build a bunny condo.
4/5

Heavy Duty Pet Pen1

4.5/5
heavy duty pet pen

Some rabbits are natural born escape artists, so if you want to make sure your rabbit is safe and secure then a heavy duty puppy pen can provide a solid environment. They often come with doors that can make them more convenient and come with a base that can stop the floor being damaged. They don’t come with cover so it’s worth getting one with high sides like the HEAVY DUTY PLAY PENS (EXTRA-LARGE)BestPet Heavy Duty Pet Playpen as its surprising how high rabbis can jump when they put their minds to it.

Our verdict

Much stronger then a pet pen which is great for boisterous rabbits.

Size

4/5

Practicality

3.5/5

Setup

2.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Bunny Proofed Room2

4.5/5
rabbit proofed room

If you have the space in your home then you can simply devote a spare room for your rabbit to roam in when unsupervised. It will need to be completely bunny proofed to make sure its safe. You should expect some damage to the door, skirting boards, carpet and even walls. It can be helpful to install a pet gate so you can leave the door open but still block access. This way you and your rabbit can keep an eye on what’s going on. It will also stop you opening the door on your rabbit and trapping it’s paws if they are waiting for you on the other side.

Our verdict

Bunny proofing a whole room is ideal, expect some damage to doors and skirting boards.

Size

4.5/5

Practicality

2/5

Setup

2/5
Poor
Average
Good

Office Storage Cubes3

4/5
Office cube rabbit enclosure

If you are a practical person and have a good imagination you can construct your own bunny condo out of a the sections of storage cubes. These can be purchased from a office supply store or on-line and consist of a series of small wire sheets that can be held together with ties. A popular choice for this is the LANGRIA 16-Cube DIY Wire GridTespo Pet Playpen 12 Panels, using this system you can create any shape of pen you want. You can even make a condo with more then one level. Make sure any floor surfaces have a solid base so paws cannot slip through and get hurt. There are lot’s of examples of these on-line which you can search for that will give you inspiration, or just let your imagination go wild as this will be fun for both you and your rabbit.

Our verdict

Office storage cubes used to build a bunny condo.

Size

4/5

Practicality

3/5

Setup

0.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Pet Pen4

4/5
Pet pen

If you can afford the space in a room then a good setup can be create an enclosure with a pet pen. They come in a variety of sizes and it’s best to get one with high sides or a cover like the VivaPet Outdoor OctagonTall Dog Playpen as its surprising how high bunnies can climb and jump. They typically clip together using plastic clips which can be a bit flimsy, however they are easy to replace with something more sturdy such as cable ties. You can also break the pens up into a number of sheets and use them a a fence to cordon of part of a room, or make a larger pen. Make sure it’s secure as your rabbit will always be testing out it’s boundaries, trying and escape either by chewing through the plastic ties or hopping over the top. These can be set up on your floor or carpet however this can get messy so you may want to add a base such as a rug or matting. We have broken up a number of these pens as they are also useful to fence of parts or rooms we don’t want our bunnies to play in.

Our verdict

Pet pens can be used as a large rabbit enclosure.

Size

4/5

Practicality

4/5

Setup

3/5
Poor
Average
Good

Multi Level Cage5

3.5/5
Multi level rabbit cage

As well as basic rabbit cages you can also get multi level cages with ramps running between the levels and stackable models that can be layered on top of each other. These can give your bunny some extra room if you don’t have much floor space and can keep your rabbit occupied as they will enjoy climbing between the layers. These are more suitable for smaller rabbits as the ramps and the landing platform do actual take up some of the space. One thing to bear in mind is that some of the ramps can be quite steep which may be a problem for a larger or older rabbit. However if you have a smaller breed of rabbit and don’t have much room at home then a model like the Large Indoor Rabbit HutchPawhut 4 Level Indoor Small Animal Cage Hutch is ideal.

Our verdict

You can save on floor space with stackable cages.

Size

2.5/5

Practicality

4/5

Setup

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Dog cage6

3/5
Dog cage used as rabbit enclosure

A relatively cheap and simple solution to keeping your rabbit safe and secure when unsupervised is to use a large dog cage. These are far better then a smaller plastic animal enclosure and will give your rabbit ample room to stretch and bounce around. Make sure you get a cage large enough such as the Songmics XXL 48" Dog Puppy Cage AmazonBasics Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate - 48 Inches. They can also be easily transported and store away as they fold up neatly. If you leave it out when you rabbit is roaming make sure you cover the top with a board in case your rabbit jumps on top and its paws slip through the wire mesh where they can become stuck. The trays can be a little shallow which can lead to a bit of mess if you use wood chip bedding you can get guards for the sides.

Our verdict

Large dog cages also make great rabbit enclosures.

Size

3.5/5

Practicality

4.5/5

Setup

4.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Cage With Shelter7

3/5
rabbit cage with hideaway

If you are thinking of getting a standard rabbit cage you may want to consider upgrading to one with a build in shelter like the Ferplast Cage, Extra LargeFerplast 140 Plus Rabbit Cage. This will give your rabbit somewhere to shelter which they will enjoy and it adds a platform then can jump up onto.

Our verdict

A great upgrade from a regular cage.

Size

1.5/5

Practicality

4/5

Setup

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Rabbit Cage8

3/5
Rabbit cage

Most pet stores in the high street and online stock rabbit enclosures, they are normally quite small so are ideal if you don’t have much room and have a smaller breed of rabbit. They are very practical as they are built with bunnies in mind with a deep plastic base to stop bedding and litter spilling out. Make sure its tall enough for your rabbit to stretch up to full height and big enough to have room to binky about like the HERITAGE RABBIT CAGE 120 CM EXTRA LARGEWare Manufacturing Pet Cage 28 Inche .

Our verdict

A good choice if it is large enough

Size

2/5

Practicality

4/5

Setup

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Hutch9

2/5
Rabbit hutch

There are a variety of wooden enclosures you can buy that you could install in your home, however they are designed to house rabbits outdoors so are not ideal. There are a wide variety of wooden enclosures available so you may find something that works like the BUNNY BUSINESS Double Decker Rabbit Hutch and RunPetsfit 36"Lx20"Wx30"H Rabbit Hutch. The advantage of these are they have lots of room and are designed to be secure, the down side is the roof materials can often include tar and other weather proofing materials which can be unattractive as well as smelly. The wooden interior can also be quite absorbent and can pick up odours from your rabbits toilet behaviour if you don’t keep them tidy . Your rabbit may also choose to chew the wood which is not ideal and over time can leave it quite scruffy looking. If you are thinking of housing your rabbit in a utility area then this may be ideal.

Our verdict

Although these are designed for outdoor use that can be used for house rabbits.

Size

1.5/5

Practicality

2/5

Setup

4.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Converted Furniture10

1.5/5
Converted furniture rabbit hutch

A quite unique way of fitting a rabbit into your home is to take an old piece of furniture and convert it into a rabbit enclosure. This can be a sideboard or cabinet where the doors can be removed and the front covered with wire mess. holes can be cut between the internal walls to allow access between the spaces. If you have the time and imagination then this could be a fun project however its important to make sure your rabbis have enough room to stretch up and bounce about inside. You may also find the wood may be chewed and soiled which can leave a permanent and unpleasant odour in the room.

Our verdict

A great idea if it’s done properly.

Size

1.5/5

Practicality

1/5

Setup

0.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

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