Decorative and dwarf rabbits have gained their well-deserved popularity as pets, thanks to their beautiful fluffy fur, a variety of colors and good disposition.
However, pets bring their owners not only joy, but also care for their maintenance.
General content requirements
Dwarf rabbit cage
Rabbits are quite unpretentious animals when it comes to temperature. Dwarf rocks will feel great at temperatures from 10 to 20 Cº, and decorative – from 10 to 25 Cº.
The most important thing to avoid is drafts and sudden changes in temperature. Also, the increased or excessively low air humidity is of particular danger to them, if electric appliances or heaters are constantly working in your apartment – be sure to purchase an air humidifier to make your pet comfortable.
A pet’s cage is his home, the place where he eats, sleeps, grows and plays. It is very important that his home is kept clean, so he should be cleaned regularly. If the tray is located outside the home – you can clean it a little less.
You should also take care of the animal itself – comb the fur, clean and cut its claws and from time to time cut the hair if you are the owner of a long-haired breed.
Rabbits are easy to train, so it’s not difficult to accustom them to the toilet. It is advisable that you place the toilet outside his home, so you can clean it less often, and the animal itself will not be forced to sleep near the latrine.
To accustom the baby to the tray, you should constantly put his litter in the same place – the animals are very sensitive to the smell, so after a while, your pet will be able to find the right angle.
The best cat toilet will be a regular cat tray with a grate. As filler, you can use sawdust or ordinary cat filler. Pick up such a plastic grate so that the excrement falls through it into the tray itself, filled with sawdust, so your pet will not get your feet dirty.
Rabbit in a cage
If you love your little pet, you will not make him spend his whole life sitting in four walls. Fluffy babies are very active, curious and sociable – they just need fresh air and new experiences.
Allow your pet to walk freely around the room, and let the cage be only a temporary refuge in which a small animal can always hide at the slightest danger. So it will be comfortable for you and your furry friend.
However, remember that rabbits are rodents, and they do not need to ruin your wiring and expensive furniture, protect yourself and the animal in advance by restricting access to such things.
Speaking of walks, we are talking not only about free access to other rooms of the apartment, but also about walking the animal on the street. Having acquired a special collar and leash, you can have a great time with your little friend.
Rabbits are very sociable and socially active animals, so if it seems to you that your pet is sad without company, you can add the same eared roommate to him. However, keep in mind that two males can start a struggle for territory, so in this case they will have to be resettled.
Two rabbits will get along well, but a heterosexual couple is preferable to keep if the male is neutered.
The location of the cell in the apartment or country house
Cage with a rabbit
The weight of adult dwarf rabbits, as a rule, does not exceed 2 kilograms, so this pet is ideally suited for keeping in the apartment. Unlike ornamental breeds, the amount of food consumed and, accordingly, waste products, dwarf species are much smaller.
When containing dwarf rocks, it is better to build a low podium in the apartment for the dwelling, so that the animal can observe what is happening, but does not feel danger. Choose cozy, bright and quiet places, because animals are afraid of loud and sharp sounds.
In the corridor or in a crowded kitchen, the animal will be uncomfortable, therefore it is better to establish a house for him somewhere in the corner of the room. Rabbits are very tender, sensitive and loving creatures.
Try to avoid drafts when airing. Do not settle animals near batteries, air conditioners, or, conversely, on the balcony, under the scorching sun.
Decorative breeds are larger than their dwarf counterparts, and they need more space, so the country house will be an ideal place to live for the animal.
If you plan to settle the animal on a balcony or veranda, then make sure that the animal is protected from the piercing wind, the scorching sun, as well as the harmful effects of the environment.
The dwelling should have a mesh door, give an influx of fresh air. Animals love fresh air and can’t tolerate stuffiness.
It is advisable to place a house in the enclosure so that the animal can periodically rest in it.
If you buy yourself a little friend, you don’t know where and how to equip the cage for your decorative rabbit so that he is comfortable – let him go for a walk, and put an aviary in the place that he loves.
Sizes for different types of rabbits
DIY cage for a dwarf rabbit
The size of the home for your pet must be selected individually. The weight standard for decorative breeds is up to 5 kg, for dwarf ones – up to 2 kg, respectively, and at home they should be selected different in size.
Another factor is the amount of time your pet will spend in his shelter. If the animal has the opportunity of free walks around the apartment, and he uses the house exclusively as an overnight stay – you can choose its minimum size. The minimum cage size for dwarf rabbits is 40×70 cm.
If the cage is for your furry friend a full-fledged house in which he spends all his time – you should choose a model more spacious, from 35×85 cm.
Decorative breeds are larger in size, therefore they also need more solid dwellings. The size of the cage for decorative rabbits varies from 45×80 cm, and as a permanent habitat, models from 50×100 cm are suitable for him.
But do not forget that the more your home will be equipped with, the more fun your furry friend will live there, because in a large model they will have the opportunity to run, jump and amuse themselves in every possible way. Do not focus too strictly on the minimum sizes, because in the choice, the main thing is the comfort of the pet.
An ideal cage is one that is more than four times the size of the animal so that the animal can move freely around it. Height should allow the animal to freely stand on its hind legs. When choosing a size, it should be remembered that constantly being in a limited space, the animal can get a deformation of the skeleton and internal organs.
How to choose the right design cell
Decorative rabbit cage
Pet safety and ease of cleaning are the main conditions when choosing a good house for the animal. Component elements should not be pointed or protruding so that the animal does not hurt.
It is necessary that the feeding bowl and feeder also be rounded. The surface of the floor should not be slippery and wet, so that your pet does not injure the paws and does not get sick. The most convenient option is a plastic mesh floor with a pallet.
It is best to choose a model whose ceiling and walls are constructed of rods, preferably galvanized. Often, rabbits gnaw at everything that comes to their hand, so the coating should be stable, durable and not covered with polymer paint. The ideal option is with a trellised body and a plastic pallet approximately 15 cm deep.
As litter, it is preferable to use sawdust, newsprint, shavings or straw, in general, everything that perfectly absorbs urine. This will save you from unpleasant odors and allow you to quickly and easily clean the floor.
Since rabbits swarm with pleasure in the litter, it is necessary to change it as often as possible in order to protect the animal from unwanted diseases and insects. It is not advisable to use peat litter, as it contributes to the formation of a large amount of dust and thereby irritates the airways of your pets.
Many owners do not buy a carrier in advance, justifying this by saying that the animal will not be sick, and nobody is going to transport it somewhere. Such a position often leads to the fact that in critical situations, when the animal is sick or you need to urgently leave and leave it in the overexposure, the means for transportation are simply not at hand.
Care should be taken in advance and the pet should be carried. The size of such a bag or container does not matter, the main thing is that the animal fits freely there, as an option, cat carriers are perfect. Be sure to lay something soft on the bottom, because the animal’s paws glide over the plastic and it will not be able to feel calm.
Approximate cell prices
The cheapest grid option without a pallet for decorative breeds costs 2000 rubles. Average prices for more decent models – from 2500 to 4000 rubles, depending on size and manufacturer.
Complete set with a pallet for dwarf breeds will cost you 3000 rubles.
Many breeders do not recommend buying used cells, because if the previous tenant died of a viral disease, your pet can easily catch the disease, even if you wash the tray thoroughly.
The main thing is taking care of your pet
It is difficult to find a person who is indifferent to cute and funny dwarf rabbits. Fluffy beauties evoke positive emotions in both children and adults.
It seems that the list of necessary things is very long, but after you have purchased a pet, you are fully responsible for it. So if you have already made yourself a little friend, you must fully provide him with the proper comfort and coziness.