You can’t keep pets until you love them to bits. And if you love your pets, you just have to make sure that all their needs are catered too and looked after. Like all pets, Rabbits have their own distinct needs and demands. Statistically speaking the domesticated rabbit is the third most popular mammalian pet after dogs and cats. It has become increasingly popular for people who want a pet that requires lower maintenance than a dog or a cat, and is particularly good for those that live in areas which are not suitable for a more active animal like a dog or a cat. Rabbits feed on a particular type of diet that includes vegetables and fruits, and love to move about rather than just being restricted to a stationary position all day long. A very interesting point about Rabbits is that they multiply at an amazingly fast rate. So when buying rabbits as pets, or simply looking after the ones that you already have, all these factors have to be taken into consideration.
Choosing a home (hutch) for a rabbit is a decision that must not be taken easily. As already stated rabbits should not be kept in small cages that limit their movement to the bare minimum. The right hutch is one that suits the size and needs of the rabbit, or rabbits, as well as taking into account the budget, the area it will be kept and the facilities it offers. Rabbits can become a much-loved member of the family and it is important that they are safe, comfortable and clean in their homes.
In terms of size of the hutch, the grand rule seems to be this – Bigger is better. If the overall situation of your house is such that the rabbit has to spend most of its time in a hutch, then get the biggest one that you can practically put inside your premises. As a general rule, the cage should be at least 4 times the size of the rabbit. For smaller rabbits that weigh less than 8 lbs, a 24″ by 36″ size hutch should be just about fine. For larger rabbits, a 30″ by 36″ for should suffice. Increasingly though, a two story condo or even a triple story one with ramps connecting the levels has shown to be much loved by rabbits of all shapes and sizes.
An important point to remember is that hutches are available for both indoor scenarios and outside. Obviously, you should never keep domesticated rabbits locked inside your homes at all times. Like any pets, they need their time out in the air. Companies have come up with larger hutches especially designed with significant run off areas in which the rabbits can roam around freely. Of course, factors discussed earlier such as budgets, area play a crucial role in determining what type and size is finally chosen.
Other important things to keep in mind when setting up the hutch are rabbit beddings, feeding bowls, water feeders, rabbit food, grooming products and even toys for rabbits to play with!