Did you know that in the wild a rabbit will travel up to 5 miles a day whilst foraging for food. Rabbits are not designed to live in enclosed spaces, so providing enough space for your rabbit within your home is essential to make sure that you are meeting their welfare needs.
The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund recommend as an absolute minimum that your rabbit has space to hop three times, that equates for the average sized rabbit to 6-7 feet. Rabbits should also have enough room to comfortably stretch out to their full height, allowing them to exhibit their natural behaviours as they would in the wild. Rabbits should also have the space for a separate toilet, feeding and sleeping area. As well as a variety of toys and enrichment to keep them active and prevent boredom.
There are many options for housing your rabbit indoors, whether you have the luxury of being able to devote a whole room to your rabbit or using innovative ways to provide great spaces for your rabbit without losing a whole room.
If your rabbit is lucky enough to be given a room of their very own it’s important that you rabbit proof the room. This will prevent your rabbit from getting into danger from chewing wires, ingesting foreign objects or damaging your possessions. With a large space the luxury of having their own room provides, you can easily separate both the feeding, sleeping and toilet areas. You can be as creative as you want to provide an enriched environment for your rabbit.
Puppy Pens/ Room Dividers
Puppy Pens and Room Dividers are a great alternative to indoor rabbit cages and can be sourced from lots of retailers. They provide enough space for your rabbit to exhibit their natural behaviours. Like dedicated rabbit rooms there is ample space for separate feeding, sleeping and toilet areas.
It may be necessary depending on the type of pen that you purchase to rabbit proof your room.
Some puppy pens come with hard plastic bottoms, if you purchase one of these it’s important that you provide bedding for your rabbit, as the plastic can be cold and uncomfortable.
Indoor Rabbit Cages
Binky About do not recommend housing rabbits in indoor cages designed for rabbits. Often the size of the cages that are sold and marketed for rabbits do not reach the minimum requirements as stated by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. Smaller cages do not allow rabbits to exhibit their natural behaviours such as free movement and periscoping. These cramped conditions as well as having a psychological impact on your rabbit do not meet the welfare requirements. Additionally rabbits that are unable to get enough exercise and move freely have a higher risk of developing serious health problems later in life like brittle bones due to lack of exercise. However, if you do your research you can get good indoor rabbit accommodation that is large enough to suit your rabbits needs.
- If your rabbits are housed in carpeted areas make sure that they are not chewing the carpets and other inedible materials. If too much is consumed it can result in blockages in the digestive system.
- Make sure that your rabbits have somewhere they can hide if they get frightened, like a cardboard box with holes cut in it. This provides them with a safe sanctuary or simply a fun new toy to investigate.
- Rabbits are inquisitive creatures and should have a selection of toys to play with to prevent boredom. They are also a great way to keep your bunnies active.