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Old 10-30-2021, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default Rabbit Cage Advice!

Iím hopefully posting this in the right section 🙏 sorry to bother hamster chats!

We got a rabbit over a week ago, such a lovely friendly little girl. We have a hutch with a solid base 5ft x 2ft but the problem is we have a small flat.

It only fits in the bathroom and we keep it open so she has free roam of the entire bathroom, but every time we open the door she tries to sprint out, and the only way I can let her have more space is close all bedroom and kitchen doors and just let her in the hallway. She keeps trying to chew wires too and I know you can get covers for them but we have SO MANY. And itís not like clusters so weíd only need one or two, Iíd say weíd need 15 covers minimum which isnít practical.

I know sheís bored and I try and spend time with her but this isnít fair. I want a cage that will fit in our room to spend time closer to us. Iíve looked online for a cage and the best for the price we can afford is 120cm BUT I know the cheaper and bigger option is play pens like dog pens.

So I found one I think I like it 9sqft total run space and adjustable shape so can fit in our room. But thereís no floor, whatís a suitable flooring? We only have carpet in the house aside from bathroom or kitchen which goes against the point of having her spend more time with us.

I need something cheapish, easy to clean but comfortable for the rabbit as well

Iím just lost as I donít know whether itís cheaper overall to get a smaller cage which I donít want but practically is better, or get this play pen which is perfect size but has no floor so could end up costing for flooring. Also bigger would be better, as once spayed I want to potentially look to adopt another rabbit to keep her company in the future. Apparently itís better after having them spayed.

Any advice?
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Old 10-30-2021, 04:20 PM   #2
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This is the pen I’m considering:
ELIGHTRY Pet Playpen Guinea Pig Rabbits Hamster Bunny Puppy Cat Metal Exercise Fence Enclosure Run Cage Metal with door 16 Panels Black 109 x 74 x 39 cm https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089GLZX...ing=UTF8&psc=1

This is the pen I’d love but I wish it wasn’t so tall and quite so big. In our room as a square it would fit longways but width wise I wouldn’t be able to sit in there:
Amazon Basics Foldable Metal Pet Dog Exercise Fence Pen With Gate - 30 Inches (76 cm) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075898N...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-31-2021, 08:00 AM   #3
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I don't know anything about rabbits. Would they nibble flooring? I'd go for wood cut to size and then plastikote it. I think B&Q cuts to required size.

For hamsters kiddies ball pits are often used but i don't know if that kind of flooring which is like a fabric used for tents would be suitable for rabbits.
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Old 10-31-2021, 08:17 AM   #4
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The one very important bit of advice I can give is don't skimp on height - the last thing you want is an escaped rabbit causing all sorts of destruction or getting injured. From what I've heard the minimum height to avoid a rabbit jumping over something like a playpen seems to be 3 feet, but if you can manage even higher that'd be even better.
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Old 10-31-2021, 08:22 AM   #5
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Thank you for the reply 😊

It does say online wood (laminate) or carpet are both good and like you I thought about going somewhere like B&Q maybe theyíll have some off cut bits reduced? Laminate I think costs a lot though £30 a square metre some of them new and I donít understand the carpet suggestion as surely theyíd dig that to shreds?

Online it does suggest those jigsaw flooring for kids as well but theyíre more expensive than youíd think. I looked on Amazon Iíd need to spend minimum £30 and in still not sure it would cover the whole floor.

I thought of dog training pads but I think theyíre flimsy and Iíd have to replace them so could be a money pit.

Just donít know what to use, every video on YouTube they use fleeces and things and it looks so clean, but as our rabbit is still litter training I need something non absorbent really or easy to clean.
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Old 10-31-2021, 08:24 AM   #6
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The one very important bit of advice I can give is don't skimp on height - the last thing you want is an escaped rabbit causing all sorts of destruction or getting injured. From what I've heard the minimum height to avoid a rabbit jumping over something like a playpen seems to be 3 feet, but if you can manage even higher that'd be even better.
The second link it a dog pen and itís one ectually recommended for exactly the reason you say about, but itís massive and our room is tiny, wish they had a smaller version of it really.

The first one as well I linked because it has a roof over the top but it seems a little cruel in my mind since surely then they canít jump very high? But then again cages arenít that high and people keep rabbits in them. If I let her out a lot I donít see it as so bad.
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Old 10-31-2021, 10:38 AM   #7
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How about good old cardboard until you figure something out?
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Old 11-01-2021, 04:34 AM   #8
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Iím using it as flooring for now 😊 I think Iíve found some mats we can use Iíve just got to persuade my partner to allow them in the room next 😂
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Old 11-02-2021, 05:55 AM   #9
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Some friends of ours had a rabbit and they had this cage in the living room on top of a piece of furniture behind the sofa. And they’d let the rabbit out for free roaming in the living room under supervision. It even learned a few tricks. That might help the rabbit become toilet trained so when it’s out it just plays a bit. Seems like a good compromise between a hutch and a playpen.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ferplast-Kr...6&rdc=1&sr=8-8
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Old 11-02-2021, 05:57 AM   #10
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There’s a bigger one as well but expensive. I think maybe get the right cage so the rabbit enjoys the cage then supervised out of cage time.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ferplast-Kr...857516&sr=8-13
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