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Housing

Rabbits need a living area where they can stretch and move around comfortably.  The typical store bought "rabbit cage" is usually not big enough to house even a dwarf rabbit.  Rabbits require a living area at least 4 times their body length and tall enough for them to stand up. 

Bunny Lu recommends the following alternatives to pet store cages: a fold out pen (like the exercise pens sold for dogs), a custom-designed bunny house like Bunny Lu's Cube Cages, or the run of a small bunnyproofed room with a baby gate across the doorway. 

Cube Cages are an easy and inexpensive habitat.  They offer an opportunity to build a personalized area for your bun which fits into any part of your home.   Bunny Lu would be happy to build a cage for your new bunnies; just give us some lead time to get it ready for you.

If you prefer to do it yourself, here are basic instructions:

Supplies Needed

Cube Cages are made from 14" by 14" vinyl-covered metal grids (sold in packages at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and some office supply stores as do-it-yourself shelf units, plus materials for connecting and stabilizing the cage.  The cube cage in these photos is for one small size bunny and measures 3 grids high (42") by 3 grids wide (42") by 2 grids deep (28"), requiring a total of 42 grids for the basic cage, plus additional grids for interior platforms.   Bunny Lu recommends the following sizes: 3 cubes high (42") by 4 cubes wide (56") by 2 cubes deep (28") to accomodate 1-2 medium buns or 1 large bun; 3 cubes high (42") by 5 cubes wide (70") by 2 cubes deep (28") to accomodate 2 large buns.

Purchase the required number of grids, plastic cable ties for attaching everything, 1" by 2" wood pieces the length of the cage, some plywood and carpet scraps to build a platform(s), and some brass hooks or clips to secure the door opening.

Start by tying together the grids into rows to make the back and ends. To build this size, place 7 grids in a row (2 for each side and 3 for the back).  Make 3 rows of 7.

Lay the 3 rows of 7 grids flat on the floor and connect them together along the long (7-grid) sides to make a 7x3 panel.

In the same fashion, make 2 panels which are 3 grids wide and 2 grids high, conncted along their 3-grid side.  These will be your top and bottom panels.

Cube Cage in progress.

Take the 7x3 panel and fold 2 grids up on either end to make a U-shape with the back and sides of the cage.  Attach the bottom panel to the sides and back grids.  Attach the top panel to the sides and back.



Cube Cage with platform in progress.

If you wish to add platforms (buns LOVE them!), start creating different levels by tying together grids and attaching them to the back and side grids as desired.  Secure the length of each level with a 1" by 2" piece of wood.  Slip it through the exterior grids and attach it to the platform grids with a plastic tie. This will provide extra support for the bun that loves to race around the levels.



Cube Cage with floor in place.

Cut the pieces of plywood to cover the floor and platforms.  Cover them with carpet (staple in place) and place in the cage.

This photo shows 2 levels of 2 cubes each and a 3rd level of 5 cubes which are covered with plywood and carpet.



Cube Cage with static front panels placed.

The front of the cage is the last step.  Remember, you must allow for several of the grids to swing open for easy access to your bun and the litter box.  Attach a 1 x 3 panel to the top, bottom and left side of the cube cage.



The front opening is created by tying 4 grids together (a 2x2 panel) and attaching them to the right side of the cage only. Leave the top, bottom and left sides free to swing open. The door can be held closed with some hooks (at least one on the left, and another on the top and/or bottom depending on how hard your bun tries to push on the door).

Cube Cage complete. If you like, you can cut another piece of plywood the size of the cage and attach 4 wheels as a base to make the cage easier to move around.

Congratulations! You have created the perfect habitat for your bun. Place the litterbox, food and water bowls, hay basket and toys inside for bun to enjoy.

For more information or guidance in building cube cages, contact Mary Ellen.