February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! If you’ve been considering getting a bunny, this is a great time to do it. One aspect of bunny care that is very important is making sure your pet has a comfortable, safe, cage. After all, Floppy will spend a lot of time in her little house. A Bloomfield Township veterinarian discusses setting up a bunny cage in this article.
Choose The Right Cage
First and foremost, you’ll need to pick a good cage. Floppy should have plenty of room to play, hop, stretch out, and jump around without touching the cage walls or roof. Choose a cage with a solid bottom. Wire floors won’t hold substrate, and they can also cause injuries.
Choosing the right spot is also very important. Ideally, your little buddy should be somewhere she can see and hear you without feeling too exposed. Don’t put Floppy’s cage in direct sunlight, or too close to a vent, heater, or fireplace. You’ll also want to avoid loud spots, like in front of a speaker. A quiet spot in a family room or living room is often ideal. If you have dogs or cats, don’t put the cage on the floor. Otherwise, they may stare into it and scare your rabbit.
Bunnyproofing is a definite must. Things like toxic plants, chemicals, medicine, shoes, purses, books, and small or sharp objects should be stored out of paws’ reach. You’ll want to cover things like baseboards and furniture legs, and block off any small openings Floppy could squeeze into. Ask your vet for more information. (Note: this is also something to keep in mind when deciding where to put the cage. You may find it easier to bunnyproof a single room, and keep your pet in there.)
Once you have the cage picked out, you’ll need to add some accessories. Floppy will need food dishes, a water bottle, and a comfy hidey-hole. You’ll also need to give her lots of toys, including plenty of suitable chew toys. You may want to include a litterbox and hayrack as well.
Choose a substrate that is safe for rabbits. Many paper products are fine. Avoid pine or cedar substrates: they actually aren’t safe for small animals. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions about bunny care? Contact us, your Bloomfield Township vet clinic, today!