The Christmas Bunny

Housing Tips

When deciding where your bunny will live, consider your rabbit’s personality: is it spayed or neutered and litter trained? How old is the rabbit – is the bunny still a "teenager”? Some rabbits are able to live outside a cage – they have perfect bathroom habits and won't damage your home when left unattended. Others may chew on wires, carpets or furniture legs, so some “bunny-proofing” of your home may be necessary. The best place for your bunny is still indoors, where they are safe from potential predators and can live healthier, happier, longer lives (10 years or more!).

When it comes to your bunny’s cage, the bigger the better. Your bunny’s cage should be at least 4-5 times the size of your bunny. If your bunny is an active bunny, then they will need more space. The House Rabbit Society provides the following guidelines, “go by at least 8 square feet of cage time combined with at least at least 24 square feet of exercise space, for 1-2 rabbits, in which the rabbit(s) can run and play at least 5 hours per day.”

Rabbits were not designed to live on wire floors – they're hard on their feet (which have no pads, like cats or dogs). If you must use a cage with a wire floor, you need to provide your rabbit with a resting board or rug for her to sit on; otherwise she will spend all of her time in her litter box.

Make sure you take into consideration your rabbit’s age, exercise level and playful habits before purchasing a bunny home. Bunny homes are readily available on the internet, and are fairly easy to build yourself. Soon enough your little bunny will be relaxing in their own luxurious bunny condo!