A rabbit condo housed indoors truly offers your bunny luxurious living facilities. With different heights to explore and look out from, the rabbit has plenty of extra room for exercise without taking up too much horizontal floor space in your home. Set up your condo with the rabbit's safety and well-being as the top priority.
Basic Condo Cage
Expensive, store-bought cages do not give a rabbit the minimum 8 square feet his living space should contain, and outdoor hutches cannot protect him from the elements or predators. Instead, visit office supply or home organization stores to purchase wire grid cubes, often used as shelving units, to make a personalized condo. The cubes vary from about 14 to 16 inches in width, length and height, and come in packs of 4 or 6 cubes, so you may need to purchase two packs to begin. They can be taken apart and connected together, then secured with zip ties, to create both the perimeter and different levels of the rabbit condo. Start with the bottom level and work your way up, leaving ample space for ramps that the rabbit will use to travel between levels.
While the wire grids are not necessary for the bottom level, you'll need to provide solid flooring on top of the upper levels to prevent the rabbit from injuring his paws or teeth. Secure a flat surface, such as wood or hard plastic sheets, on top of the wire levels to provide a firm, solid floor. Carpeting may be applied to the flooring to give the rabbit traction as long as it does not pull up easily. If the rabbit chews the material, it can cause digestive problems. Otherwise place old towels or blankets in some areas for softer flooring.
Ramps, Walls and Roof
Secure solid ramps, not made of rungs, to each level to prevent slippage. Each ramp should be at least as wide as the bunny and placed at a gradual incline -- not too steep, think 45 degrees or lower. Though the wire exterior allows a constant flow of fresh air, the rabbit will appreciate some privacy with a nest box. Plexiglass or hard plastic can be fastened to the sides where the rabbit will chew hay to keep any messes inside of the condo. If desired, a roof can also be made of the wire grids or solid wood to keep your rabbit from escaping. Otherwise there needs to be a 3-foot difference between the floor of the uppermost level and the very top of the condo.
The condo needs to be in a secure area, where children and other household pets cannot gain access without your supervision. Yet consider keeping the condo somewhat near activity as the rabbit will love the inclusion and attention. Place the cage away from stairs, electrical cords, drafts and direct sunlight. The temperature in and around the condo must be kept between 60 and 70 degrees.
The rabbit's litter pan is best kept on the bottom level, with his food, water and chewing hay on a separate level or on the opposite side of the condo. Your rabbit will also be happy if you provide him plenty of toys and a friend. Keep condo life interesting by interchanging baskets, boxes, pillows, newspapers and chewing toys, like wood blocks and cardboard.
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