Setting Up Your Rabbit’s Cage

Have you decided to bring a bunny into your home? Rabbits are super cute and fun pets. These charming little animals have been melting hearts for a very long time, and are high on the list of favorite pets. In order to keep your bunny happy and healthy, you’ll need to provide a suitable home. Setting up your bunny’s cage correctly from the start will go a long way in terms of making Bunny feel safe, comfortable, and content. In this article, your local veterinarian Menomonee Falls goes over some basics of setting up your bunny’s cage.

Choosing the Right Cage

Making sure your bunny has enough room is one of the main things to consider when shopping for a cage. A good way to estimate the correct length is to figure that the cage should be at least six times the length of your bunny’s body. Cube cages are a great option, because you can configure and expand your cage as needed, or even add a second story. Proper ventilation is very important, so we strongly recommend getting a cage with wire or mesh sides. The bottom of the cage should be solid, however, as wire floors can be very dangerous to your bunny’s feet.


There are several choices for substrate. You can use a solid flooring and place towel, carpet, newspaper, or fleece over it. Sawdust is another suitable option for rabbits. Avoid pine or cedar, as these can be toxic to small animals. Your bunny will also need fresh hay, which you can place on top of the substrate. Timothy hay, orchard grass, and oat hay are all excellent choices for rabbits. Bermuda hay is suitable, but many rabbits just don’t like it. Alfalfa is fine on occasion, but feeding your rabbit alfalfa hay exclusively could make your little pet sick.


Rabbits are very inquisitive and curious, and need stimulation in order to keep from getting bored. They also need to chew, so providing proper chew toys is a must. You don’t have to spend a fortune to keep your bunny supplied with proper toys. Cardboard boxes, straw and wicker shapes, parrot toys, puzzle toys, treat toys, copy paper, and even paper grocery bags can all be easily turned into rabbit toys. Just be sure to only give your rabbit untreated wood, and never to give your bunny items with small pieces that could choke your pet.

Once you’ve chosen your cage, substrate, and toys, just add a litter box, food and water dishes, and a little hidey-hole to complete your pet’s new home!

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