Rabbits are pets; therefore, they are emotionally and socially dependent upon people. They require a safe and secure environment in which to thrive and should be housed in an indoor environment where they can interact with family members.  Here are some tips on the right housing for your rabbit:

  • The cage size should be at least twice the width of and three times the height of your rabbit. There needs to be room for fresh water, food, a small litter box, a hiding box, and toys.
  • A cage with a removable tray bottom is less destructible and will allow for better airflow, as well as easier cleaning. Wire bottomed cages can cause injuries to your rabbit’s feet and should be avoided.
  • An aquariums or aquarium like enclosures should ever be used to house your pet rabbit due to poor ventilation and the accumulation of dangerous levels of ammonia vapors from urine.
  • Avoid placement in areas that are loud, in direct sunlight, damp, or in close proximity to heat sources. All of these factors can be stress inducers.
  • To keep your pet healthy, it will be important to clean the bedding, litter, food and water bottle or bowl on a daily basis. On a weekly basis, the cage will need to be thoroughly disinfected to prevent diseases.

 
If you would like to talk to an Anti-Cruelty Society behaviorist regarding this behavior topic, please call 312-645-8253 or email help@anticruelty.org to schedule a consultation.

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