Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Choosing Rabbit Litters

David Neil Warren

Rabbits are socially capable and they are highly intellectual. If they are treated well, and handled properly, they will be able to learn new tricks.

Of course, all rabbit owners prefer having a pet that is trained in the aspect of elimination. Since they usually use litter box, it is appropriate that owners buy the perfect one for their individual pet. Here are some information you need to know:

Are you thinking of buying a clay litter box? Clay is much like the material you use for plants. Like flower pots, they are very dusty and could easily attract dirt, thus, leading to various respiratory diseases. Aside from that, this material is naturally difficult to scrub. Although this may seem to be amongst the cheapest in the market, you will have to do your own work in keeping it spick and span.

Furthermore, when you are looking for clay litters, make sure to stay away from the crystals for controlling odors. These are also known as deodorant crystals. These crystals are made up of artificial substances that are very toxic for rabbits and even people.

Have you ever heard of corn cob litter for rabbits? This litter is very interesting because of its name as well as the source. On the other hand, it is not as functional as you might think. In fact, it could even be dangerous for your beloved pets. They could eat it up, which can cause obstruction of airway, not to mention, it won't be able to control the smell of your rabbit's waste.

Thinking of getting newspapers as your rabbit's litter box? These are great if you want to save up, or if you are thinking of buying a new litter for your pet. But, when it comes to controlling odor, this will not really help you.

There are some litters like that of peat moss, oat and alfalfa-made litters which have been known to control the odor and could even be composted. However, if the rabbits eat more than what is needed, they tend to bloat, which make a very bulky addition to the bunny's litter.

As for expensive pellets, there are compressed sawdust which are very absorbent. In fact, these are commonly seen in shelters housing many pets, and carrying litters. This litter comes from hardwood/softwood sawdust. Yes, these are very harmful and toxic if made with phenolic compounds. It's a good thing they are taken out when they are manufactured.

Another potentially dangerous type of litter is cedar and pine shavings. These shavings naturally emit gas that, if inhaled abundantly, could result to diseases such as liver damage.

In choosing a litter for your adorable pet bunny, the choices are rampant. But, having one is just not the important aspect. There are also certain considerations such as the litter's ability to control odor, composting, as well as the function. In that regard, make sure to do your research on the appropriate litter for rabbits. Or, perhaps you can talk to the veterinarian about this.

Tiny Bunny

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pros of Raising a Rabbit: An Exotic Pet

It is a known fact that many people consider raising pets of different kinds because of their own personal reasons. Dogs are just among the most common kind of animal that people consider as pets; after all they are known to be man’s best friend. You can also see people with cats and birds as a part of their household. But aside from these animals, there are people who find raising a rabbit as the best option to take a look into. Instead of raising dogs and cats which are two of the most common and popular pets, such people chose to raise rabbits. So what’s with raising a rabbit? Are there any benefits that a person can enjoy in raising one?

Just like taking care of other kinds of pets, raising a rabbit is also associated with a number of pros/benefits. If you are planning to get yourself a rabbit instead of a dog or a cat, that wouldn’t be a big surprise because rabbits are normally irresistible. They are very cute and cuddly animals that will surely make you happy for quite some time even if they are among those that are called as exotic pets. The major benefit of raising a rabbit has something to do with your health and your diet. Because rabbits mostly eat fresh vegetables, then you have to buy fresh vegetables even if you are not really into this kind of food. Somehow, you will be encouraged by your pet to change your diet into a healthy one and eat fresh vegetables. This does not mean that you have to eat the foods that your pet rabbit eats, this simply means that if your pet eats healthy foods then why won’t you?

Another thing that can be considered as a pro in raising a rabbit is the fact that it can take away your depression and somehow control your blood pressure. This benefit actually does not only apply if you have a pet rabbit, you can also enjoy this benefit if your have a pet dog or cat. However, unlike owning a dog or cat, there is no need for you to take your rabbit for a walk or brush its hair. You just have to get a rabbit hutch where it can comfortably stay and play. Also, you do not have to worry about your pet disturbing other people because of the loud sound it can create. Normally, rabbits do not cause too much noise, they do not meow like cats or bark like dogs.

These are just some of the pros associated with raising a rabbit. No doubt, rabbits can be considered as ideal pets regardless of your location and age. As long as you provide your pet with everything that it needs and you have a complete understanding on how to take care of it, then you will not experience any major issues. Just do not assume that rabbits are perfect pets, there will be times where in you will encounter nibbling issues, health problems and other issues/problems with your pet rabbit.

4 Day Old Baby Bunnies

Depressed Rabbit Attempts Suicide

A male rabbit named Furball had lost all hope. The female rabbit he had lived with for an entire year had left him for another rabbit. The owner of the garden he usually dined at had just put a fence around it. A fox had nipped one of his ears. And, at his most depressed, it seemed to him that all life is mere ephemera in the eye of time.

The only thing to do was bring an end to his sorrow, hunger, pain, and inability to find meaning even in a moment. He would take his own life. The question became, how?

The first thing he did is look for a cliff to jump off of, but, alas, he lived on farmland that was pretty flat. He did find one high rock beside the pond the cows waded into each day. Up he scampered.

The challenge was to jump and hit the ground, not the pond. He resolved to end his troubled existence and off he leaped. But when he hit the ground, unfortunately, he landed on his feet. He just stood there, regretting the rock wasn’t higher.

Next, he decided to back up and run at the rock as fast as he could, head first. He hopped back far enough to give himself a good running distance and then headed for the hard immensity. He banged into at full speed and knew nothing else, because the force knocked him out.

As luck would have it, after a while, he woke up, with a thundering headache. He rubbed his aching head with his paw and decided to drown himself. He leapt toward the pond and did a belly smacker. He waited to drown. The terrible thing is, he couldn’t stop swimming. Much as he tried, there was a reflex in him that he couldn’t control. So, filled with regret, along with water that had splashed into his mouth, he paddled out and sat down by the bank to dry off.

He thought about human beings and how many ways they had to commit suicide. Why didn’t rabbits have even one? In fact, why didn’t he ever hear of a rabbit, or any other animal, committing suicide?

No, it seemed that only humans knew how to do that. What was wrong with other animals? he wondered. He signed, realizing there were just no examples in the rabbit world or the entire animal kingdom he could follow.

He felt more miserable than ever and his vision blurred, because tears welled up in his eyes. He tried to wipe them away but his paw was still wet, so the clumpy fur only irritated them and made him blink. Oh, how hopeless his life was! He could see no reason to go on. Nothing good, he was certain, would ever happen to him.

But just then something good did happen. An exceptionally cute female rabbit hopped around the corner of the rock. He saw her and just the site of her made his sullen spirits leap up.

She hopped over to him, and said, “You look very sad. What’s wrong?”

“I want to kill myself but I don’t know how,” he confessed.

“Now, why would a handsome rabbit like you want to kill himself?” she asked.

“Because nothing is going right. My girl friend left me. My favorite garden has been fenced off. A fox bit my ear. And I feel insignificant.”

He leaned forward to show her the bite mark.

“My, oh, my,” she said. “Let me lick it.”

“You’d do that for me?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said. “If a fox bit my ear, I’d want somebody to lick it for me.”

“OK,” he said, “but take it easy. It hurts a lot.”

So the female rabbit licked his ear. He felt good.

“What’s your name?” she asked.

“Furball.”

“I like that,” she said. “Very cute.”

“What’s yours?” he asked.

“Sweet Thing.”

“Me?” he wanted to know.

“Yes, you’re very sweet,” she told him. “But that’s also my name.”

“Oh,” he said, and tested it with is own lips. “Sweet Thing. I like that.

“Good,” she said. “And I like the way you taste.”

“You do?” he asked.

“Yes.”

“Great,” he exclaimed, and continued to enjoy her soothing licks. He couldn’t believe it, but what felt like a new life was swirling all through is body.

“How’s that?” she asked, finishing her TLC of his ear.

“Much better,” he told her.

“You know,” she said, sitting down beside him, “I live by a great garden. There’s no fence, and you’re welcome to come there and eat.”

“I am?” he asked.

“Yes.”

“Don’t you have a male rabbit who loves you?”

“No,” she said, “he left me for another rabbit.”

“I’m sorry,” Furball said.

“Don’t worry,” I’ll get over it,” Sweet Thing sort of sighed. “But I wish I could meet another male rabbit, one I really like.”

By now our suicidal rabbit was thinking, Hey, who would have believed it just a few minutes ago? My life just might work out! And, even if life is just ephemera in the eye of time, I might be able to fit in enough happiness to be glad I'm alive.

“How about me?” he asked.

“Well, I like you a lot, but I’m not sure I could be happy with a rabbit who is so depressed he would take his own life.”

“Oh, I’m all over that now,” he told her. “And, if you were my girl friend, I’d be all over it forever.” “You would?”

“Yes,” he said, and snuggled up to her. "I'd have so much to live for!"

“Wow,” she said, “and so would I. Would you like to come to my garden and eat something?”

“Love it,” he told her.

“Great. Then off we go!” she replied.

And so off they hopped, to live happily ever after.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Caring For a Rabbit – Getting the Best Food For Your Rabbit

They say that rabbits are among the favorite pets of children and adults because of their adorable and friendly nature. But owning one is not that easy because you have to ensure they are in best condition.

Majority of pet owners love to have them as pets because they are undemanding, quite, do not need to he walked often and do not require frequent veterinarian check up. However, like most pets, it is your responsibility to provide them an excellent, healthy and conducive environment. Caring for them and providing them quality and nutritious foods are among the numerous facets of a responsible pet owner.

How their digestive system works:

As pet owner, you need to know that rabbits do not get all the needed nutrients in their body, thus they have a system that corrects the problem. As they eat their food, it passes through their digestive system and are excreted as cecotropes or night feces. These wastes are not smelly compared to other animal manure, but they come in cluster of grapes shape. To get the nutritive value of the food they ate, they eat the cecotropes. In this manner, the food passes their digestive system for the second time and they excreted hard dry pellets, commonly known as rabbit droppings.

Like any other pets around, rabbits do need nutritious foods to keep them in tip top shape. Their foods should contain the needed elements in proper ratio and amounts to ensure their optimal health and growth. As a rabbit owner, it is vital for you to become familiar with high protein and energy rabbit food and high fiber rabbit food because they are vital in rabbits’ health, otherwise they became ill. However, you must be careful in choosing foods for your rabbits because they have sensitive stomach and digestive system than any other pets around.

Important factors to consider when feeding your rabbits:

1. They love to eat hay, vegetables and pellets.

2. You can also feed them variety of vegetables, like parsley, carrots, broccoli leaves, cilantro, oats, timothy hay and alfalfa. Depending on the size of your rabbit, you can give them 2 or 3 cups of vegetables daily.

3. If you intend to feed them with pellets, always ensure they contain 18% fiber, thus, you have to read food labels carefully. Water is very important for rabbit.

4. Make sure to give them fresh and clean water everyday. Always clean water container to avoid bacteria build up that may harm their health.

5. To give rabbits natural sources of food, you must give them fresh grass or hay that can be purchased in pet stores.

6. If you plan to feed them with prepared foods found in pet shops, never forget to consult your veterinarian first to ensure you have chosen the right food stuff for your rabbit.

Precautions:
Avoid giving them potatoes, cabbage, beans, cauliflower, lettuce, parsnips, Swedes, tomato leaves, potato tops, bunny sweets and junk foods because these foods cause diarrhea and gas problems.

Always make sure that the fresh fruits and vegetables you give your rabbits are pesticide free.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Housing Your Rabbit With a Cozy Rabbit Hutch!

While your rabbit can roam your house or even a fenced in, covered run during the day, he is going to need a good place to relax and to sleep at night, and one of the best places for him to do this is going to be a rabbit hutch! A rabbit hutch is essentially a type of cage that you can use to house your rabbits and typically, they are made of wood and wire. While some hutches can hold five or six animals, you will find that building one to house one or two is quite simple and is something that the whole family can enjoy. Unlike other animals, which need expensive caging, rabbits do very well in hutches that you can build yourself inside of a weekend.

For the most part, you will find that rabbit hutches consist of a covered portion and a portion that is open to the air. The covered portion might be made of solid plywood or another type of lumber while the open area is made out of wire mesh. The covered portion exists because rabbits, much like most other burrowing mammals, need a dark and cozy place to sleep in. In the wild, rabbits sleep in burrows and in some cases will have earth pressing in on them on three sides. Remember that in many cases, your rabbit will prefer a small covered area that will allow them to feel as though they are being protected.

One thing that you have to look into when you are planning a rabbit hutch is going to be the floor. Some people suggest using a wire mesh for the floor as this can prevent having a rabbit escape through tunneling, but the issue here is that it can be rough on your rabbit’s paws. If you end up deciding on wire floor, be sure that it is well covered with straw. Of course, you can always line the floor with plywood or with vinyl, which is quite easy to clean. Both options is fairly inexpensive and you will discover that it is something that is entirely up to you.

You also might want t look into putting wire mesh on the open area of the hutch. This will allow more circulation of air and it can reduce odor in your rabbit cage. It can also make it easier to check on your rabbit during the course of the day. Remember that when you are building your own rabbit hutch that wood and wire are going to be your best choices for your hutch; plastic might be easier to clean, but it will almost certainly get chewed up as time goes on.

Finally, when you want to make sure that your bunny has a perfect place to live, remember that making your own cage is quite simple. Most people don't realize how easy it is to put together a rabbit hutch, even a fairly large and roomy one. All of the materials are easy to acquire from your local hardware store, so why not devote this weekend to putting together the perfect home for your rabbit?

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bunnies!

How To Select The Right Pet Bunny Rabbit For Your Household!

So you have decided to purchase a pet rabbit, and now you are wondering how do I pick out the right one?

Well, aside from appearance, there are a number of important considerations that you will have to make when you pick out your pet bunny rabbit at the local pet store or other venue. This is important both to ensure that you choose a healthy pet rabbit, and to make sure that you and he are compatible!

Now I'll explain what you'll need to think about before heading out to buy your pet rabbit, and what to look for when you're actually selecting an animal from a local breeder, adoption center or pet store.

Housing: Do You Have Enough Space for a Pet Rabbit?

When it comes to tame pet bunny rabbits, they do much better indoors than outdoors. Living indoors will ensure that your pet bunny rabbit stays healthy and safe and gets to know the members of your family. Rabbits kept in outdoor cages are at risk of being threatened by other animals; foxes, dogs, and raccoons have been known to open cage doors.

Therefore, before you decide to bring home a pet rabbit, make sure that you have plenty of space inside your house for your new animal friend. For most rabbits, plan on buying a cage that is either 30 inches square, or 2 feet by 3 feet. You will also need to make sure that you have enough room inside your home to fit a cage of this size. If you don't have space for a cage, you will not be able to provide a rabbit with an adequate living situation.

Keep in mind that the cage should not just be placed in any old spot, but should put somewhere where the rabbit can feel connected and close to the family. At the same time, the rabbit cage should be away from heaters, air conditions, loud objects like TVs or radios, and not in direct sunlight. Since you will be letting your rabbit out of his cage for exercise, you will also need to put the cage in an area that can be bunny-proofed. (more on that later...)

Your Time Investment

A lot of people seem to think that because rabbits are relatively small and spend a good deal of time in their cages that they're easy to take care of. Well, that may be true in some sense, but it's foolish to bring home a rabbit thinking that it's not going to be much of a time commitment. If you are not willing to spend time with your pet rabbit, then you probably should not get him. This, of course, applies to all pet animals!

Well, here's what to expect. You should ensure that you have plenty of time for all the initial and intermediate stages of pet care, which include:

- Rabbit-proofing your house to make sure the little guy won't get hurt
- Litter box training
- Cleaning up after the inevitable accidents
- Spaying/neutering

You will also need to devote a good deal of time to your rabbit well after you bring him home for the first time. You must:

- Give him exercise (at least a few hours per day out of the cage)
- Give him attention (just like any pet or child, rabbits need to feel love!)
- Buy and provide rabbit toys
- Administer feedings
- Take him to the vet if necessary and for check-ups

Above all, just keep in mind that bringing home a new pet bunny rabbit is not so different from bringing home a new infant. You will need to spend adequate time preparing for the arrival, as well as adjusting to life with the newcomer. Setting aside time for all these necessities will make for a happy, comfortable situation for everyone involved.

Before bringing home a pet rabbit, make sure that you can commit to giving him the quality of lifestyle he deserves throughout his lifetime (5-15 years, depending on the rabbit-s breed and age and health at the time of purchase).

Baby Bunny bounce

Warning, too cute for words

Fox Proof Rabbit Run - Can it Be Replaced by Any of Those Large Rabbit Hutches?

Because your pet rabbit needs to have adequate exercise and play, and have at the same time sunlight and air, the solution to it is the fox proof rabbit run.

This type of rabbit enclosure not only meets the demand for space the rabbit needs but also provides a great degree of protection to the rabbit from physical harm by predators such as foxes, dogs, opossums, weasels and many others that may be there just waiting for a chance to get your pet.

But one question that comes to mind is, is there not an alternative?

The advantages of a fox proof rabbit run

A fox proof run is very ideal for your rabbit because it provides the necessary exercise area for play and run. It is big enough for your rabbit and provide the safety from physical harm caused by any of the animals of prey that could sneak into your yard.

Because of the many lessons learned regarding predators, design and make of runs have become sturdier and proofed against any of them. Runs are now constructed of durable and sturdy materials like welded wire, rather than wire mesh or chicken wire. The reason is, the wire mesh or chicken wire can easily be destroyed by stronger predators like the strong and wily fox.

Aside from this, there are models of this type of runs with housing inside for your pet so that in case of a hot sunny day or moderate rain, the rabbit can have a place for shelter.

There is also the folding type which you can move or stow when not in use or if your yard is not really that big to allow a structure that stays there all the time, like the fox proof rabbit run. Otherwise, some pet owners make this some sort of permanent housing for their pets.

This is a lot better than allowing your rabbit loose in your yard where also are poisonous plants, herbicide and fertilizer treated grass and plants, that are toxic to rabbits and could cause illness to them.

The advantages of large rabbit hutches

Large rabbit hutches is an outdoor housing for a rabbit and because of its size, all the needs a rabbit for exercise, sunlight and air are met. They can also be fox proofed to protect the rabbit from physical harm.

Also, large hutches like this can be made of more than one storey say, two stories, or even three stories if you believe it is necessary, so that in case your yard is small, the needed space by your rabbit for the purpose intended is there.

These large rabbit hutches is actually intended for outdoor housing for rabbits and are constructed of sturdy materials. They provide both the ventilation and the warmth. Included in the design are covers to protect your rabbit from the elements especially in case of inclement weather.

Disadvantages of both

Rabbits are social animals and tend to live well with human beings, if properly tended and trained. If they are left in a fox proof rabbit run or in large rabbit hutches, the tendency is there will be less contact between the pet and the members of the family.

If you have the rabbit for pet, then the purpose is defeated by having them outside and with less contact between you and the pet. If you devote time for them or get them and loose them in the house, then this is not much of a disadvantage.

More than these, no fox proof rabbit run or large rabbit hutches are really fox proof when you consider that the harm that any of the predators can cause your rabbit is not only incurred through physical contact with them.

As various experiences have proven, rabbits may panic when confronted by those hostile predators which can cause them to run wildly, jump and twist which could result in injury of the back or other parts of the body. This may also cause the rabbit to suffer a heart that can cause its death.

Such incidents can happen even with the presence or supervision of a member of the family especially so in the case of those which are in the urban areas, where urban foxes are used to the presence of people.

What’s more, many incidents happen at night when everybody is sleeping so that no one is watching to ward them off when they come.

Because of this, additional fox proofing must have to be done. Examples of these are a motion detector which activates either a spray that will surprise the fox or a high pitch sound device that irritates and deter foxes or the like.

This means additional expenses on your part as pet owner.

Worlds Biggest Rabbit

Singing Rabbit

Double Rabbit Hutch: Get A Double To Avoid Trouble

Rabbits make fine pets, but they are notorious for being wont to reproduce. This is a natural instinct that they possess, and more than one unwitting pet owner has had trouble with unexpected litters. The problem is that newbie pet owners forget about the sex of the animals, and the consequences that may ensue. For the most part, it is a failure on the part of the pet owner to keep the opposite sexes separate. For example, if you have two rabbits, a double rabbit hutch makes a fine long-term habitat, especially if you are unsure of their sexes.

A double rabbit hutch is distinct from two rabbit hutches. You might think to yourself “What difference does that make?” Well, a lot actually. For one thing, a double is more cost-effective in terms of materials and time to build. You can save material on at least one wall section. You can save time by constructing a single, whole roof instead of two smaller ones. Of course, it can also be a bit more difficult to move the hutch as a whole.

For the most part, a double rabbit hutch serves its purpose well. One situation where it might be better to have two separate cages is if you need to quarantine one rabbit. This can be because the rabbit is sick or is being bullied by the other rabbit – as far as rabbit bullying goes, anyway.

Rabbit hutches are usually made of wood and wire mesh. The most common variations are the single and double rabbit hutch, while triples are a bit more uncommon. Some hutches are built to be easily attached or are already built with attached runs, to provide both long-term shelter and exercise area for the rabbits.

So why choose a hutch instead of a cage? Cages are made of mesh or bars on all sides. This provides excellent ventilation and waste management properties, but in fact the openness can be a little too much. Rabbits are docile, shy creatures, and they like being able to hide away, as attested by their natural affinity for burrowing. Hutch is often made of wire mesh on only one side, and has a section made of wood panels. This provides enough ventilation without making the rabbit feel too cold, while providing a more shaded, secluded area to retreat to.

On the other hand, a rabbit cage is more portable, since they are lighter given the fact that most cages are made only of wire mesh. Of course, if you choose a cage for your rabbit, you must keep it indoors because otherwise will be no protection against the elements. Rabbit have fur, but that won’t keep them very warm, and you can forget about drying off quickly.

Hutches and cages are small and do not provide enough room to exercise in, which could lead to muscle degeneration and immune system weakness. Make sure to let your rabbit out of its hutch or rabbit cage once in a while to stretch its legs. Rabbit runs are excellent for this purpose!

The Rabbit Cage and How it Protects Your Favorite Pets From Harm

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A very persistent predator that attempts to break into the cage may cause the rabbit to retreat into a panic-induced state, banging into walls and floors, trying to seek cover. All these efforts may result in the rabbit injuring itself, or dying due to a heart attack brought about by a fragile nervous system.

An indoor rabbit that is unknowingly set loose from its cage is put in a position where it is forced to deal with factors it is not accustomed to, like getting stuck in vents and nooks where it cannot crawl away from, and it may die from suffocation or starvation.

A rabbit may also chew through exposed electrical wiring, exposing it to risks of electrocution. Add to that unsanitary food and morsels they may come across and ingest, exposing them to complications leading to diarrhea and dehydration.

Especially when they are young, rabbits tend to jump and hop everywhere, taking for granted that whatever they land on or hit on the way up or down will cushion their impact. This proves to be a problem if your house has hardwood floors or even brick tile, where the possibility of fractures and bruises is increased.

All these dangers can be avoided if they are kept in a secure Rabbit Cage. It will be their home and guardian against all the dangers that await them out of their homes.

However, that is not to say that confining your rabbits in a Rabbit Cage will keep them safe.

Rabbits constantly kept in confinement tend to experience obesity due to overeating, and muscle and bone disorders, brought about by the lack of exercise and necessary movement to their bodies.

It seems that rabbit owners are torn between letting their pets go, exposing them to dangers their fragile bodies cannot possibly survive, or dooming them to an unhealthy existence within walls that are supposed to be their guardians but instead turn out to be their wardens and executioners.

Striking the balance between protecting them from harm and letting them go for healthy exercise is the key in promoting your rabbit’s safety and good health.

A good compromise in balancing your rabbits’ safety and health would be to get them a Fox Proof Rabbit Run.

A Fox Proof Rabbit Run is secured against attempts of foxes and other predators to force open your rabbit’s living quarters while permitting it to get much needed exercise by letting it run about in a protected, fenced in area.

A Fox Proof Rabbit Run is an indispensable tool and shelter for your favorite pets. It offers them security, all the while indulging them in their naturally active habits.

A Fox Proof Rabbit Run is the perfect way of showing your favorite pet that you value its safety, and promote its good health as well. And that may be the best gift you can give your rabbit.

Rabbit Cage & The Fox Proof Rabbit Run

Most rabbit pet owners know that even if they have a rabbit cage, they still need a fox proof rabbit run. These two are indispensable partners, if you want to have a healthy and happy rabbit in your possession.

The cage

The rabbit cage is an indoor housing to accommodate your rabbit. It should be large enough to give it room to move around. Rabbit experts recommend that the cage be at least four to five times the size of your rabbit when it is already full grown. It must be as high as the rabbit when it stands on its hind legs.

This size provides enough space for the litter box and a place to hide for the rabbit even for one who is of the dwarf variety because this one is active and loves to move around.

Rabbits are social animals and love the presence of its household mates. If it is kept in the rabbit cage all the time, it gets bored and aggressive or other unwanted behavior could result. If however, it is properly trained and the house is properly bunny proofed, it can be allowed to run around the house when you or any member of you family is there inside. It goes back there when it wants to or you keep it there when everybody leaves the house.

By itself, the cage can provide some running space for the rabbit, if it is the rabbit condo type where a room is made higher than the floor of the cage and a ramp provided on which the rabbit can run up and down.

If the house has more space for the rabbit cage, a pen can be places around the cage so to give ample room for the rabbit run and exercise. One thing is that the pen should be high enough so the rabbit can not jump over it. This is if you do not want to have your rabbit go around the house and if you can tolerate the litter it makes.

You can put a pen if you do not want the rabbit to go around the house because of its instinctive urge of chewing anything that it sees in the house, including your sofa and your bed. And this is trouble enough for you.

If not, then the only alternative is a fox proof run located outside the house.

A fox proof run

If the rabbit cannot be let loose inside the house, or even if it can be, because it needs sunshine and abundant fresh air, a rabbit run certainly comes in handy. A rabbit run has enough space for the rabbit to run around and play and if given the room to dig, it will dig. It will have the fresh air and the sunshine it needs in abundance.

However, a rabbit run must be fox proofed because of the dangers posed by predators which may be just roaming around looking for their prey, just like the rabbit. For this reason, even with the rabbit in the fox proof rabbit run, the presence of a member of the household is necessary because of the possibility that a dog or a cat or any of those predators might unexpectedly come and try to attack the rabbit inside the run.

Being inside the fox proof rabbit run does not insulate the rabbit from the shock that may be caused by the attack or any action of the predator. This can cause sharp reactions like jumping and twisting which may lead to broken vertebral column of the rabbit or a shock which may cause a heart attack. This then really needs the supervision of at least a member of the household as already mentioned.

It should be borne in mind that a fox proof rabbit run is not intended to be left there with the rabbit inside overnight, without the necessary safeguards against what could happen should a predator comes. And even if there are none, the rabbit should not be left there overnight especially in cold temperature.

The two in tandem

The assumption is that you, as the pet owner, have done and are doing the things you should do. These are having your rabbit vaccinated, the cage and run are properly maintained and cleaned, and all the sundry matters you are supposed to take care of are properly and religiously attended to.

Such being the case then, a rabbit cage inside the house and a fox proof rabbit run outside the house is a good combination that will make for a happy and healthy pet rabbit.