What Do Rabbits Need in Their Cage?

Author: Parker Hansen | July 27, 2021
rabbit care
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There are many people out there who don’t know how to properly take care of their rabbit’s home or aren’t sure what to put in a rabbit’s cage. Getting the wrong cage for your rabbit can cause fatal health problems. It can also cause them to misbehave. Here’s some suggestions you can use to get your rabbit started on the right path.

How To Pick Out a Rabbit Cage

The first step in choosing a rabbit cage is to ensure that it’s large. Think about a growing rabbit when you’re picking out the cage. The more the rabbit grows, the more space it will need. However, if you’re purchasing a smaller cage to put the rabbit in at night, it should have three hopping spaces going in all directions. It should also be tall enough to allow the rabbit to stand on its hind legs freely.

If your rabbit spends most of its time unsupervised, you might consider getting a dog pen. A dog pen will give the rabbit enough space to hop around freely. Some owners hook two dog pens together for even more space.

A great question is to ask yourself, “If I’m locked in the house alone, would I prefer to be locked in the bathroom or have the entire house space?” When it comes to a rabbit’s cage, the bigger, the better.

How To Set Up a Rabbit Cage

You should consider putting your rabbit’s feed and water at a specific end of the cage and the area for its bathroom at the opposite end. You can leave the middle area for play and sleep.

You should also remember that the rabbit will need space to hop about so don’t put his feed and water or bathroom too close to the center. Even though your bunny will be inside its cage most of the time, it still needs space to exercise.

What To Put in the Bottom of a Rabbit Cage?

One of the greatest challenges that rabbit owners often face is what to put at the bottom of the rabbit’s cage. You want to ensure that whatever you put in can contain the mess and also make the rabbit comfortable. But what should that be for your rabbit’s cage?

  • Newspaper
  • Hay
  • Cardboard
  • Wood shavings
  • Floor mats
  • Carpets
  • Clay litter
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Old towels
  • Old sheets
  • Shower mats

When it comes to putting accessories in your rabbit’s cage, the only thing that will limit you is your imagination. You don’t need to buy expensive toys, but you do need to rotate them regularly. This will help keep your rabbit’s imagination active.

You can also experiment with different items to see what interests your rabbit. However, you should never put anything edible in the cage.

What Do Rabbits Need in Their Cage?

If you take a close look, you’ll see that rabbits are very flexible. Some of them prefer to sleep on hay or curl up in old sheets, while others do not. Rabbits are also more likely to choose their own preferred corner of their cage instead of one that you choose.


It doesn’t take a lot to plan how you’re going to fix your rabbit’s cage. It is definitely possible to design a cage that will suit your rabbit. Healthy rabbits are noble companions—they can provide you with companionship and enjoyment.

About the Author

Parker Hansen

Parker Hansen is an animal lover and a pet parent to two beautiful dogs. Growing up he had a wide variety of different pets including dogs, frogs, lizards, fish, hamsters, birds and more. He enjoys writing and sharing his knowledge on all things pets and animals. Author Details

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