|Top 3||Our verdict||Overall rating|
Heavy Duty Pet Pen
|Much stronger then a pet pen which is great for boisterous rabbits.|
Bunny Proofed Room
|Bunny proofing a whole room is ideal, expect some damage to doors and skirting boards.|
Office Storage Cubes
|Office storage cubes used to build a bunny condo.|
Heavy Duty Pet Pen1
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.
Much stronger then a pet pen which is great for boisterous rabbits.
Bunny Proofed Room2
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.
Bunny proofing a whole room is ideal, expect some damage to doors and skirting boards.
Office Storage Cubes3
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.
Office storage cubes used to build a bunny condo.
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.
Pet pens can be used as a large rabbit enclosure.
Multi Level Cage5
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.
You can save on floor space with stackable cages.
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.
Large dog cages also make great rabbit enclosures.
Cage With Shelter7
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.
A great upgrade from a regular 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 .
A good choice if it is large enough
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.
Although these are designed for outdoor use that can be used for house rabbits.
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.
A great idea if it’s done properly.
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