Choosing the right floor surface of your bunny, especially in their pen or enclosure is very important.
It needs to stop the damage to carpet or wooden floors underneath from chewing and stains which can be costly to repair. It also needs to make cleaning easy especially around the litter tray.
Hard surfaces are not always the solution as some bunnies find it difficult to move and binky about without slipping and a floor covering here can make play more comfortable.
It is also important in some cases to offer insulation from cold hard surfaces. Picking the right floor for your bunny can be tricky as there are a number of options bunny people choose from.
In this guide we look at some of the popular choices and give you the pros and cons so you can decide on the best option for you.
What's the best floor to use in my bunnies pen?
- Rugs and throws are easy to throw down and washable
- Horse mats are very durable and can be cut to size
- Carpet roll ends can be a cheap and easy solution to cover a large area
- Puzzle mats and children's play mats are wipe clean area will protect the floor underneath
- Grassy mats can be used to cover a small area
Vinyl flooring is a cheap option for covering a larger area. It can be easily cut to size and is wipe clean and stain resistant.
You will need to watch this in case your bunny starts eating it. If this is the case its best to swap this out with a more natural material.
DIY stores offer cheap outdoor carpet that can be very hard wearing, and they will cut these to size which means you can get something that fits without having to cut it down yourself.
Rugs and mats
A simple option can be to buy a mat or rug to lay on the floor. They are hard wearing and best of all can be washed if they get stained.
If you rabbit likes to chew things then try and find a mat that's made from a natural material, avoiding mats with rubberized backing or long strands of synthetic fiber as these can cause problems if your bunny eats them.
Carpet roll ends
A cheap option to cover a larger space can be to use carpet roll ends. Most carpet stores will have some cheap bits of unused carpet from a job that you can pick up at a discount price.
Try and find one that's pure wool if you can so you know it will be safe if your bunny eats it and avoid carpet with heavy foam backing.
Puzzle tiles and play mats
Another popular solution to cover an area of floor is to buy some children's puzzle mats.
These jigsaw like foam sheets are tough and easy to wipe clean, again keep an eye on them to see if it's being eaten.
If you want a single floor covering that would be easy to clean, then some people have found that children's play mats are ideal. These colorful floor covers are tough and stain resistant.
Horse stall mats
Some people swear by horse stall mats. They're thick enough that they won't bunch up, fairly inexpensive and easy to clean. You can also get them custom cut at a supplier.
If you want to cover a smaller area for instance inside an enclosure with something your rabbit will really like then you can use a pack of grassy mats, the type found in pet stores.
These are relatively cheap so you can buy a few of them at a time and your bunny will love sitting on them and eating them.
The only downside to these is that they can get a bit messy when they start to fall apart.