Guide to Rabbit Cages

By: Malcolm Nguyen

Rabbit cages are one of the essential pieces of equipment when you keep rabbits. Most cages are wooden if they are to be kept outside, although you can find plastic and mesh cages for use inside the home. If you have never made this kind of purchased before read this guide to rabbit cages and you will be better informed.

To start with all good cages for rabbits should have an area for them to sleep in which should be dark and free from draughts. With most cages this will be at one end and here you can put straw and hay down to create a nest for the rabbit. If you have a single storey cage there will be just one space for a nest, with double storey cages there are usually two enclosed areas where rabbits can sleep.

The other section of rabbit cages should be enclosed on three sides with the front facing side made from a mesh wire fence. This will let fresh air circulate around the cage and help to keep your pet healthy. You can also fit a water bottle to the wire quickly and easily.

Most rabbit cages are on legs which will raise it from the floor. This helps to keep the cage drier and means that you will be able to see into the cage without having to bend down too far.

You should always make sure that the rabbit cages you are looking at have a lockable door. This will keep your rabbit or rabbits safe inside and will only allow you access to your pets. If the door does not lock your pets could be the victims of predators which is something that you will want to avoid at all costs. Some cages will have a wooden sliding latch that fits well and will work perfectly well as a lock. If you are concerned about your pets you can then add your own lock, should you wish to.

Rabbit cages that are in the yard or garden should also be weather proof as they have to be warm and dry inside. If they are not your pet will not be happy and is very likely to fall ill as a result. So check that the wood that the cage has been made from has been treated and that the roof is not likely to leak. Rabbit cages that have an asphalt covering on the roof are a really good choice as these will provide your pets with a warm environment.

As soon as you start looking for backyard rabbit cages you will see that the prices of them can vary dramatically. So to make sure that you don't overspend only look at the cages that are in your price range. Remember that if you can only afford a smaller cage that you could purchase a run to add to it in time. Runs can either go against the cage or they can be totally separate and used in an area where you have plenty of grass for the rabbit to eat.

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