One of the most important factors in bunny ownership is providing adequate and safe housing for your rabbit. The various factors involved in rabbit housing can be overwhelming, but I will lay out the most important information so it’s easy to follow.
Some people allow their bunnies free roam of the house, but I recommend against this. Letting a bunny roam free indoors poses many problems. Bunnies love chewing and they will chew up wires and cords, damaging your expensive equipment and possibly electrocuting themselves. They can also climb up into furniture and hurt themselves on bed springs and other dangerous household items.
Instead of of letting your bunny have the run of the entire house, I recommend giving them one bunnyproofed room or a large cage/hutch with a play area, like a doggy pen. A friend of mine has a bunny room with two cages so they can be confined when necessary and spend the rest of their time playing or exercising in a safe environment which has been thoroughly bunnyproofed and safety checked.
Space is at a premium in my house and I won’t have the luxury of setting up an entire rabbit room so instead I will have a rabbit hutch and play area. One of the most important considerations when setting up rabbit housing is giving them plenty of space to move around. Rabbits are active animals and don’t do well in tiny cages. They need to move, run and hop for hours a day to stay physically and emotionally healthy. The small animal cages sold at pet stores are not large enough for even a miniature or dwarf rabbit! I suggest a cage no less than 40 inches long so the rabbit has room to move. If you don’t have the money for a nice hutch like the one linked above, get a LARGE cage like this one.
If you’re a little lower on cash or enjoy DIY projects, there are some great online tutorials explaining how to make your own rabbit cage out of mesh storage blocks. Keep in mind, however, that rabbits should NEVER be kept on mesh, chicken wire, or other similar wire cages. They require soft or solid floors to prevent serious injury to their feet and legs.
I hope this basic rabbit housing information was helpful in starting you on your way to setting up a great habitat for your bunny! All links to Amazon are affiliate links–thanks for supporting my web hosting!