Rabbits are very attractive pets. However, you must clearly understand that a rabbit is a very fragile animal if you are going to keep them as pets. As a result, you should be cautious with everything you do to the rabbit. Proper selection of the appropriate rabbit hutch for your pets is inevitable.
In this article, I will be sharing with you some of the most important rabbit hutch selection tips to help you ensure your pet lives in a conducive environment.
These are the key factors you should consider while constructing comfortable cages for your rabbits.
A big hutch allows your pet space for exercise. The hutch should be such that the rabbit can stretch comfortably without being blocked by the side walls and high such that the rabbit does not hit the roof. The hutch should be at least four times larger than the rabbit’s size and even larger if the rabbit does not get out for exercise routinely. Avoid building a hutch for your rabbit based on his size at a given stage of growth. Instead, research the adult size of your rabbit and use it as the basis for building the hutch.
For rabbits to be comfortable and healthy, the hutch should have a solid floor. Avoid wire mesh on the floor since they cause pododermatitis in rabbits. This is a condition where the rabbit’s hind legs appear sore and show signs of infection due to friction caused by the wire.
Bedding is a crucial aspect of the rabbit hutch. They help to make the solid floors smooth and thus habitable for the rabbits. Suitable beddings should be products made from paper, cellulose or even cellulose. They are vital since they keep the hutch dry and comfortable for the rabbits.
Proper beddings materials should have high adsorbent qualities. This disqualifies shredded papers even if they are pocket-friendly. Pellets, on the other hand, provide excellent moisture absorption but are relatively expensive. Cedar and pine beddings should also be avoided since they produce strong smells after mixing with urine and this poses a risk of respiratory diseases to the rabbits.
A hutch should be well aerated; wire sides are preferred over solid sides. It is imperative to use a wire with no sharp edges and plastic coatings that the rabbits can chew. The wire should be closely spaced to ensure that the rabbit does not get stuck in between the mesh spaces.
Remember that the pet hutch should have a door to allow you to access the rabbit anytime easily.
5. Location of the Hutch
The hutch should be housed indoors. This is important since it ensures full security of your pets from external predators. Alternatively, keeping the hutch indoors ensures that the rabbits are not exposed to harsh weather conditions and parasites. This keeps the rabbits healthy.
6. Food and Water Bowls
During feeding the rabbits, ceramic bowls are recommended for both holding water and pellets. This is because they are heavy thus hard for the rabbits to tip off and easy to clean.
The bowls should be low for small rabbit breeds and young rabbits.
Ensure you feed rabbits on high-quality grass and hay to enhance digestion. The hay should however not mix with the beddings. This is achieved by using a hay rack while feeding the rabbits.
Remember to provide water to the rabbits in the hutches regularly.
The hutch should be kept clean at all times to keep parasites and diseases at bay. Also, regular changing of beddings should be observed to avoid development of foul smell in the hutch.