How To Choose The Right Rabbit Hutch For Your Pet

How To Choose The Right Rabbit Hutch For Your Pet

Rabbit hutches are outdoor shelters for pet rabbits, and choosing the right one is important for your pet’s safety and comfort. Most importantly, a rabbit hutch is designed to protect the animals from exposure to the elements, as well as from predators that may harm them. Rabbits are also timid animals, and they prefer a cozy, quiet shelter where they won’t be disturbed. This is why you should consider your options carefully when buying unique rabbit hutches. Here are some tips for what to look for in purchasing an outdoor shelter for your pets.

Proper Dimensions

When purchasing rabbit hutches, the most important consideration is the size of the rabbits to be kept in the enclosure. Consider these important rabbit habits:

Rabbits enjoy stretching out to their full length during relaxation or rest periods. So, it’s important to choose an enclosure that is wide enough to accommodate the rabbit’s full length.

When evaluating the length of the enclosure, make sure it is long enough that your rabbit can take at least three, and preferably four, average hops across the hutch without hurling itself into the opposite side. How far your rabbit hops depends mainly on its size, so pay attention to the hop length to get a general idea.

When evaluating the height of the enclosure, make sure your rabbit can stand on his back legs without having to hunch over, and make sure his ears don’t touch the top of the hutch.

As a general rule of thumb, the rabbit hutch must be at least five times bigger than the rabbits body size. But of course, its always the roomier, the better for the rabbit. Of course, dont forget the door size. It should be large enough to slide the litter pan and the rabbit through although side doors are preferred for entry and exit points for your furry friends to get in and out of their enclosures.

Right Materials

There are basically two types of rabbit hutches: the wooden type and the cage type. It is up to your preferences to choose between the two types as each has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, an all-wire rabbit hutch with a wooden frame is best. This type is usually easy to maintain and clean especially with a sliding pan underneath to catch dirt and debris. Besides, wooden hutches absorb rabbit urine, which have very strong odors coming from accumulated ammonia. This, in turn, is very harmful for the rabbits health.

When it comes to sliding pans, be sure to use only straw, aspen style wood shavings, or litter made from recycled paper. Pine and red cedar bedding, as well as cat litter, can cause health problems with your pet. If you opt for a wire hutch, make sure you buy appropriate materials for the floor to prevent injury to your rabbit’s tender feet. Your choice of materials includes cardboard, plywood, and grass mats, which should be cleaned every day. It’s important to keep your rabbit’s enclosure clean, since rabbits are prone to communicable disease from dirt and droppings.

When choosing rabbit hutches, you have to strive to keep to a one rabbit-to-one cage ratio unless the rabbits are already neutered or spayed. You dont want population control on your hands right now!

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