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Bunnies need lots of room to run and play.  The best advice I can give is put yourself in their place.  Would you want to be caged 24/7?  Then don't do it to them.  Many bunnies can be free range but all need lots of time outside the cage.  Yes, you'll have some chewing.  Yes, they will track some poop outside the litterbox but they don't smell and are very easy to sweep or vacuum up.  Bunny-proof a large room or set of rooms and if necessary block it off with a baby gate (small holes because they'll bite through the larger ones) or wire grid panels (see below).

For free range bunnies, keep your wiring safe by tucking it behind things, taping it down or use cable turtles to pick up the slack or poly loom to cover them. 


 Bunnies will go after electrical cables.  We've called in cable repair several times.  Rabbits have almost a magnetic attraction to wires.  They will find them and it can be fatal.

Some people prefer not to let them roam free all the time or they cage them during the night.  A versatile and reasonably cheap cage can be made from storage cubes.  They go by many names including, Creative Cubes, Neat Idea Cubes (by Fellowes), New Age Cubes, Storage Cube Sets (by Rubbermaid), Start-a-Cube, Add-a-Cube, and Great Idea Cubes.  They are 14" x 14" wire grid panels, available at Costco, Walmart and Home Depot.  The connectors are a real pain, but they can also be put together with cable ties which allows you to easily build ramps and several platforms within the cage.  You can get the cable ties at hardware stores but you'll need a lot if you're making a very large condo.  Home Depot carries the cable ties in packs of 1000 which is how I buy them.  Make sure your bunnies have a soft flooring in the cage and on each ramp and level, because rabbits do not have padded paws like dogs and cats.  You can check the remnant section of a carpet or hardware store which is how I carpeted one whole condo for $10.  Ikea also has low cost cotton rugs and fleece blankets or try discount chains like Giant Tiger.  Dollarama often has various types of flooring including sample size carpets, throw rugs and vinyl floor tiles.

 If using an xpen type set up, you can protect your hardwood floors in the house in case your bunnies have an "accident" in various ways.  Use rubber mats with the carpets overtop, or take a large piece of plywood, cover it with laminate/vinyl floor tiles and even add an edge around it with moulding from Home Hardware.  If your bunnies are not chewers, you could try those large interlocking foam squares people use in kid's playrooms.  For extra protection under any of these, lay down a cheap shower curtain liner first.

You really don't even have to build a condo if your rabbit spends most of their time out with you.  Just use the storage cube panels to build an xpen (just the walls, no floors, levels/ramps or roof).  Its easy to fold it flat when not in use and it provides a quick way to pen in your rabbit if you don't let them out at night.  Proper xpens tend run about $100 or so.  You can build it this way for $20.  With this option use the flooring ideas just mentioned and your done! 


You can add natural grass mats in their cages which are available at Ikea and some rabbit supply stores (I've seen them mostly online).  The rabbits also enjoy chewing on those.

You can get plans online for a pen and visit your local Rona or Home Depot.  The hubby will love you and if you have to go to Canadian Tire for more supplies or power tools he'll be putty in your hands.  Its not cheap though, even if you make it yourself.

Store bought cages are also pricey.  We have a couple of these large cages which are about 20" x 20" x 40" and approximately $100.  We also have several standard single-rabbit cage for transporting bunnies.  I have picked up several pet carriers in various sizes for about $3 to $4 at Goodwill.  These are about $30-$40 brand new.  You can also check at vets in your area, they often have boards where people post pet-related items for sale.  Craigslist and other similar want-ads whether online or in newsprint are another option.  Having easily portable cages is necessary for taking your rabbit to the vet or away when you visit family over holidays.

Rabbits are very clean animals and litter training is not usually difficult.  For litter you can use Yesterday's News which is available at most pet stores or wood stove pellets which are available seasonally at places like Rona so stock up in the winter.  If you run out before fall, try TSC stores for them or the horse stall pellets.  You can't beat the cost effectiveness of wood stove pellets at about $5 for a 40lb bag.  For bedding you can use Aspen Shavings or Carefresh, both of which are usually available at most pet stores.  Pine or cedar shavings are readily available and cheap but are not good for bunnies.  These can cause liver damage or be irritating for bunnies with allergies.

Bunnies are sensitive to extreme cold or heat.  In the summer heat with all that fur it can be really unbearable for them if you don't have a good air conditioner.  One trick is to get some ceramic floor tiles from Home Depot or similar places.  They're only about a dollar each.  Put them in the fridge or freezer and then put the cold tiles down for the bunnies.


Rabbit NIC Condo - here is a step by step to building a storage cube style cage

Neat Idea Cube Condo - more instructions for storage cube style condo's.

Cavy Cages has a detailed guide on where to find what you need to make a condo of your own.


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