Every rabbit deserves a sturdy, well-built home. One made of 16-gauge wire that will protect them from predators. One held together with heavy J-clips or C-rings, so there’s no danger of it collapsing on them. One that has a tight 1/2″ x 1″ mesh floor – mesh small enough to provide excellent support for their weight, but large enough to stay tidy by letting droppings fall through. Every rabbit deserves a cage that’s large enough – that has at least one square foot of floor space per pound of rabbit-weight – and one placed in a location that’s protected from heat, cold, rain, sun, and wind.
Give your rabbit all these things, and he’ll have a cage that will keep him safe and healthy. But what if you want to take it to the next level? How do you go over and above what’s required to let your rabbit languish in luxury?
Enter the cage trimmings.
Accessories to make your rabbit’s house into a home
Surprisingly, it doesn’t take a lot of money to turn your rabbit’s basic cage into a place to be proud of. Here a few quick accessories you can add to transform your rabbit’s house into a home:
-Door Guards. Rabbit cages are made of wire, and wire can have sharp ends when it’s cut. Cage manufacturers are careful to grind and galvanize these edges to prevent scratches, but a little extra protection never hurts. You can buy plastic door guards in five-foot lengths that clip on to the wire and protect both your arms and your bunny from scratches.
-Urine Guards. Also known as splash guards, these 4″ guards wrap around the lower walls of the cage. Perhaps more for your convenience than your bunny’s, keep your rabbit’s urine from spilling outside the drop tray on to the floor. Splash guards work especially well for stacking cages, protecting rabbits on lower levels from getting dripped on by rabbits up top. Plus, they just look snazzy. The Supreme Rabbit Home line of cages comes with urine guards and door guards already installed, but if you’ve already purchased cages that don’t have them, you can buy them separately as well.
-Resting Mats. In general, wire floors work great for rabbits. They’re clean; they’re sturdy; they’re shiny. But they aren’t perfect. Although most breeds can live on wire floors without issue, it’s always nice to provide a bit of relief from the metal mesh. Slotted resting mats are brilliantly designed to lay on top of the wire, protecting your rabbit’s feet while still allowing waste to fall through into the drop tray. The tops of the mats are very smooth and beveled just right to prevent any sharp edges that could catch on your rabbit’s toes. They’re made of high-quality ABS plastic, so they’re completely washable and hold up fine to rabbit teeth (that is, as well as any plastic can).
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-Hay Racks – Have you heard about hay racks? All the cool rabbits have them. Rabbits should have constant access to good hay. It’s like, pretty important. And it’s also important that the hay is clean. That doesn’t just mean that the hay isn’t musty and moldy: it also means that it hasn’t been thrown on the cage floor, where there’s an 85% chance rabbits will play with it, lay on it, and/or pee on it before eating it. Racks sit on the outside of the cage and allow the rabbits to pull wisps of hay through the bars, both promoting health and preventing a lot of waste.
-Nesting Boxes. Surprise! Nesting boxes aren’t just for nests. Although boxes are essential for babies, they’re pretty popular with adult rabbits, too. Many rabbits enjoy the feeling of being in a burrow that a nest box can provide. Others prefer to perch on the top of the box, as if they were playing King of the Mountain. One thing’s sure: if you offer your rabbits a box full of straw to play with, they won’t neglect it.
Not only that, but a nest box can save your rabbit’s life. I’ve heard lots of stories about raccoons breaking into a barn and killing rabbits through the cage bars. I’ve seen it happen in my own rabbitry. A friend and I were discussing it just today, and she said she keeps boxes in her rabbits’ cages to give them shelter in case of an attack by raccoons or dogs. Better to be safe than sorry!
So how are those ideas for a few low-cost improvements to your rabbit’s home? There’s a lot more I could add, but to save us all time, how about you just take your bunny shopping at PremiumRabbits.com and see what he likes? Premium Rabbit Supplies has Resting Mats, hay racks, nest boxes made of both wood and metal, and lots more. If you have any questions while you’re there, just call 1-800-809-8752 or sign into live chat. We’ll be happy to help!