Housing your Rabbit

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Housing your Rabbit

Size matters Big is best Cosy and comfortable Safe and secure Rabbit runs Size matters Rabbits come in all kinds of sizes and shapes from the Flemish Giant weighing up to 9.5kg (the size of a small dog) to the tiny Polish rabbit weighing just over 1kg.  Naturally the size of your rabbit hutch should reflect the size of your rabbit.  Whatever the size of your rabbit you should remember that rabbits need space – and LOTS of it! View our Rabbit product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers BackTo Top Big is best Rabbits dont enjoy being cooped up all day in very small hutches and quickly become depressed and unhappy if left alone.  The bigger the rabbit hutch the better!   Your rabbit hutch should be: Big enough for your rabbit to stand up on their hind legs without their ears touching the roof. Big enough for your rabbit to lie fully out stretched in any direction.   Big enough for your rabbit to turn around without difficulty. Big enough for your rabbit to take at least 4 hops in any direction. The longer the time periods that your rabbit is expected to remain contained in the hutch or the larger the number of rabbits to be kept together, the larger the hutch should be. View our Rabbit product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers BackTo Top Cosy and comfortable Rabbits like to have separate rooms for eating and sleeping just like we do.  Your hutch should have two separate compartments - a light and spacious day area and a sleeping compartment that is enclosed and sheltered for your rabbit to sleep in.  Your hutch should have a solid non-slip floor as rabbit prefer this to wire flooring.  Wire mesh can also cause problems as rabbits can get sore feet if kept on wire floors. View our Rabbit product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers BackTo Top Safe and secure Your hutch needs to be sturdy, well ventilated, draught-proof, damp-proof, escape-proof and predator-proof.   Raising your hutch above the ground helps to deter predators and to prevent damp rising up into it off the wet earth.  Wire mesh on the outside of the hutch should be heavy enough to stop a predator (or your rabbit) chewing through it. All fastenings should be sturdy and strong. You should find a nice quiet spot to place your hutch in that is sheltered from wind, rain and direct sunlight. Rabbits can’t sweat like humans and succumb to heat stroke very quickly.   Your hutch should have a sloping waterproof roof to prevent the wood soaking up water and becoming damp and cold in periods of bad weather. Rabbit Hutches that have a plain wooden flat roof are designed for indoor use and should not be used outside. In the colder months you can shield your rabbit from the driving wind, snow and rain by covering your hutch with a waterproof cover – these are called Huggers and Snugglers and fit over your hutch.  If the weather is very cold you can move your rabbit indoors.  Keeping rabbits indoors has become very popular and rabbits can be trained to use a litter tray very easily! Visit our Getting Started Advice to learn more about indoor rabbits Visit our In Winter section for advice on cold weather and rabbits View our Rabbit product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers BackTo Top Rabbit runs Rabbits are active animals and should be kept in a run for 4 hours a day at least. A large, secure run is great for letting your rabbit hop, run, jump and dig about in safely.  The run should have an area that is covered to provide shade on hot days.  Make sure that your garden is well fenced and that your rabbit has a safe place to hide in their run if they become scared – a cardboard box or activity tunnel would be ideal. Rabbits love to dig and it helps keep their nails short.  If you dont want your rabbit to dig in your lawn you can buy runs with a wire mesh base but be aware that wire mesh can hurt your rabbit’s feet badly.  Do not use pesticides, weed killers or lawn treatments anywhere near your rabbit run as your rabbit could become fatally ill from grazing on grass or plants treated with these chemicals. View our Rabbit product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers Visit our Rabbit Health Advice to learn more Call Vet Clinic at Petstop for a consultation BackTo Top