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.
Our top picks
1 Office storage cubes
2 Heavy duty pet pen
3 Pet pen
1 Office storage cubes
If you are a practical person and have a good imagination you can construct your own bunny condo out of Storage cubes These neat sections of wire grid 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 cable ties. Using this system you can create any shape of pen you want. You can even make a condo with more than one level. Make sure any floor surfaces have a solid base so paws cannot slip through and get hurt.
There are lots of examples of these on-line which are great inspiration however, what you find is they take some time to put together yourself.
If you are feeling creative then why not build your bunny a multi-level condo
- You can build up in levels to make the most of the space you have
- You can keep adding to the enclosure as you go along
2 Heavy duty pet pen
Some bunnies are natural born escape artists, so if you want to make sure your bunny is safe and secure when you are away then a heavy duty puppy pen can provide a solid solution. 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 a Heavy duty pet pen as its surprising how high bunnies can jump when they put their minds to it.
Although they are a bit more expensive we prefer these to xpen or sheets of as pet pen as they look nicer in our home and don't wobble around like pet pen. This makes the gates are more sturdy and easier to use.
This solid setup means you will not have to worry about it moving about or your bunny escaping.
- Sturdy construction means you won't have to worry about bunny escapes
3 Pet pen
If you can afford the space in a room then a good setup can be create an enclosure with Pet pen. They come in a variety of sizes and it's best to get one with high sides or a cover 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 sturdier such as cable ties. You can also break the pens up into a number of sheets and use them as 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 in out home as they are also useful to fence of areas of a room we don't want our bunnies to play in.
Pet pens can be used to build a large bunny enclosure often attached to a cage.
- A simple way to make a large pen
- They come with a handy gate to make going inside and cleaning easy
4 Dog cage
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 than a smaller plastic animal enclosure and will give your rabbit ample room to stretch and bounce around. Make sure you get a Large dog cage. 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 however, you can get guards for the sides.
We use one of these with a pet pen attached to it to make a larger area with an inner enclosure that has the litter tray and hay in. The plastic tray in the dog cage makes it easy to sweep out and wipe clean. We simply cable tied the fencing to the cage.
This works well as an inner sanctum of a bunny enclosure and is great for hanging some pet pen fencing of it to extend it.
- This can make a great part of a bunny enclosure if extended with some pet pen
- The cage can be folded down and easily packed away.
5 Bunny cage
Most pet stores in the high street and online stock rabbit cages, they are normally quite small so are ideal if you don't have much room and have a smaller breed of bunny. 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 you get a Large bunny cage as it needs to be tall enough for your bunny to fully stretch up and big enough to have room to binky about so the bigger the better.
This type of cage would be ideal if you have a smaller bread of bunny however, if you have a regular bunny or a bonded pair then you may find this to small.
These cages are suited to smaller bunnies if you are limited by the space you have.
- Designed for bunnies in mid with a deep tray to stop mess spreading about.
- Great for smaller breads
6 Plastic pet pen fence
Plastic pet pen fence fencing is quite a new product. It is made of sheets of plastic sheets that can be clipped together to make a fence. Some people prefer this to wire fencing. It would be better at containing the mess but would need cleaning itself or it could start looking tatty.
This would be good in the sides of a large enclosure which would allow better air circulation.
A great way of seeing into your bunnies enclosure
- Good at keeping the mess contained
- Let's you see what your bunny is up to more easily
7 Bunny room
If you can afford the space, then you can turn a spare room into a bunny proofed room for when your bunnies unsupervised. It will need to be completely bunny proofed to make sure it's safe. You should expect some damage to the door, skirting boards, carpet and even walls.
Probably the best setup you can get. It can be helpful to install a pet gate so you can leave the door open. 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.
- Probably the best setup if you can afford the space.
8 Converted furniture
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 it is important its big enough to let you bunny stretch up and bounce about inside.
This can make a great way to enrich a larger enclosure however does not offer enough room to house your bunny. You may also find the wood may be chewed and soiled which can leave a permanent and unpleasant odor in the room.
Nice as a toy to let your bunny play and rest in especially if it's a part of a bigger enclosure but too small to keep them in for a long time.
- A great feature for the ultimate bunny enclosure
- Best for smaller breads of bunnies