Setting Up a Bunny Cage

Have you decided to adopt a bunny? Congratulations! Bunnies are super cute little pets. Your new buddy is bound to keep you smiling with her charming antics. Here, a Michigan City, IN vet discusses setting up Floppy’s cage.

Buy A Great Cage

Choosing the right cage is almost half the battle here. Your furry friend will need room to stand up, stretch out, hop around, play, and eat, all without tripping over her things or touching the sides of the cage. The cage should also have good ventilation and a hide box. Wire or screened sides are fine, but the cage should have a solid floor.

Keep It Indoors

Bunnies are very sociable, and will be happier and healthier—not to mention much more comfortable—living inside with their humans. Keep Floppy’s cage indoors!

Choose A Good Substrate

Substrates are not one-size-fits all. Avoid pine or cedar substrates: they are actually toxic to many small animals. Paper-based products are a good bet. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right spot for Floppy’s cage is very important! You want your cute pet to be somewhere she can hear and see you, without feeling too exposed. A quiet corner of a family room or living room is usually ideal. Don’t put the cage in direct sunlight, or too close to air ducts, fireplaces, or heating vents.

Litterbox

Did you know that bunnies can be trained to use litterboxes? Training may take some time, but it will be well worth it in the end. You can get a large cat box, or even a cement-mixing tray. Fill it with a suitable litter, and add some soiled bedding on top.

Make It Fun

Floppy will need some fun toys, including some suitable chew toys. This doesn’t have to cost much: in fact, you can make your furry pal’s playthings out of many common items. For example, the cardboard tubes from toilet-paper rolls can be upcycled into a variety of fun toys for your four-legged pal. Ask your vet for more information.

Hayrack

Fresh grass hay should make up the bulk of Floppy’s diet. A hayrack will come in handy. If you add a litterbox, position it so your bunny has to go into the box to reach the hay.

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