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Is it possible to keep a rabbit in a large dog crate?
Hi, I was curious if it was possible to turn a dog crate into a rabbit's cage. It obviously would have to be a very large crate, (but I don't mind that.) Thank you!
You would have to keep an eye out for the cage bar size that it doesn't get itself stuck and I am assuming you mean in the house and not outside. It would not be safe outside. Rabbits make good house pets and can be paper trained as they tend to go in the same spot. I did try a kitty litter box one time. Bad Mistake on my part but it was a full grown rabbit that happily spent an hour pulling the litter box and digging and scattering kitty litter all over my kitchen floor. I couldn't help but just laugh at him and when he was done playing I vaccummed up the litter and went back to paper. Unfortunetly video camers weren't yet invented. The thing you have to watch for is they like to chew on moulding around the room and electric wires, but they are a lot of fun and a lot more social than people realize. I found out about the wires when he tried to turn in my newly installed phone into a wireless one. Problem was they hadn't been invented yet either. Alison
yeah, it would be an inside pet. Also I plan on putting a tray on the bottom so litter won't get kicked out the sides.
It's possible yes, but you also need to give the rabbit a rabbit proof place to run and hop in. They can be very destructive pets, so you need to eliminate all signs of cords, opened outlets, and so forth that they can chew on.
Bunnies as pets aren't really meant to stay in a cage 24/7. They need to come out for exercise daily and for a long amount of time.
You can put wraps around cords to keep them from chewing wires and also I don't know if bitter apple spray that they use to keep puppies from chewing would work on rabbits or not. They also have one for sugar gliders as well. Alison
I believe the apple bitter stuff isn't rabbit safe. You could also divide a room up with plywood or something tall enough the bunny can't jump over to give them an exercise area. I know some people do that and some also make trays of growing wheat grass that they put on the ground for enrichment too.
I would closely supervise the rabbit and would only use the crate for when I had to leave the house, so then he wouldn't have much of a chance to chew on wires.
That will make for a happy rabbit. Alison
yep, I always plan on keeping very happy pets!
Oops, I just remembered that my mom and sister are both allergic to rabbit fur. Oh well.
I had a dog crate for the first few weeks of getting my bunnies, I found it to be a bit small when they grew though so now they have a proper cage (they also have access to the entire garden during the day when it's nice out, and I set up a run indoors for when it's not so great outside.)
Here's an old pic of them in the dog crate about a year ago (with fleece over the plastic floor so their hocks didn't get hurt, it's difficult to keep in substrate when using a crate):
And here they are now:
As you can see, much bigger XD
The minimum recommended cage/hutch size is 6ft x 2ft or equivalent, unfortunately they have a 5ft x 2ft cage as there wasn't anything bigger available at the time I got that one. As I said though, they don't spend most of their time in the cage (and if I could I would give them a lot more space!)