We get lots and lots of questions about bunny homes.
First and foremost, your bunny MUST live indoors. These little buns have been born and raised in a climate controlled environment. They do not handle extreme heat well. On any Texas afternoon above 85 degrees, you will see signs of heat stress. Heat stroke happens very fast, and often, results in death.
Let them live indoors and have time in the playpen outside on cool fall and summer evenings.
What enclosure do you recommend?
We suggest a traditional bunny cage combined with a playpen. We love the cages from KW Cages and Texas Custom Cages, and we try to have them on hand and sell them at cost to you. These cages are special order, so you cannot purchase them on amazon or buy at your local walmart or petsmart.
You may save a few dollars on a cage from another vendor, but trust us, we have tried all the cages. We make these suggestions to make your life and your bunny's life as simple as possible and to give you the best shot at success with your exotic pet.
We encourage a regular cage for a few reasons.
They are very sanitary. Bunnies, especially young bunnies, don't always know to avoid their poop pile. There is Nothing worse than a bunny with stinky, poopy feet. They like to be clean, and that will make them and you miserable. Bunnies can't have baths, so it's just you, a squiggly bunny, and baby wipes.
These cages are easy to hose off and thoroughly clean. You can use pine pellets with spa liners or trash bags on the trays for easy clean up of their waste. It's fast and easy.
These cages should have resting mats, which come with our cages, and we encourage you to add hidey holes, wooden shelves, and more. Again, check that favorites pages!
The cage acts just like a kennel for a dog. It's a safe place for them that provides all their needs. You don't have to worry about them hurting themselves or jumping out of their enclosure.
We love the idea of a playpen attached, as you can just open the cage door and expand their play area. You can interact with them or let them have alone time to play and roam. It's all safe and contained, just for them. Most bunnies will return to their cage when they finish much like a chicken to a roost.
If aesthetics bother you, etsy has a bunch of folks that make adorable cage covers!
As you learn your bunny and their personal habits, you can definitely get more creative and fancier with your enclosure. Some of our clients have the most beautiful setups! We just love seeing all the options!
But, if you are a first time bunny owner and want an easy go of it, trust us and get the cage. You will both be happier for it!
Why don't we recommend the other cages?
Any cage sold for a rabbit at a pet store with a slick, plastic bottom is made for a guinea pig. Rabbits can hurt or break their backs and legs on those type of floors. While they may fit in one, it is not designed for them. Also, these cages don't have trays or grates, and bedding and poop will escape and end up everywhere.
Wooden hutches are beautiful, but our customers say they start to smell. The trays on these cages are often very shallow/short. There is an orange spray on our favorites page that helps some, but wood, pressed board, plywood, particle board, and more absorb odors. They absorb moisture, as well, and can warp over time. Even with a litter box, you will have some smell with a wooden hutch. There are ways to hide it. just know that's an issue.
Tray size is a big deal. When looking at any enclosure, make sure that the trays are 2 inches deep, AT LEAST! Bunnies tend to use one corner of their castle for their business, and if the tray is too shallow, you will have spillage, dirty feet, frequent changes, and more.
We hope this advice helps you! We learned the hard way, and we hope to save you some time and energy! :)