Setting Up a Bunny Cage

Have you recently adopted a pet bunny? Congratulations! You have chosen a very cute pet! Making sure that Floppy is happy in her cage is very important. Below, a Temecula, CA vet discusses setting up your rabbit’s cage.

Choosing The Cage

Bigger is definitely better when it comes to bunny cages. Make sure that Floppy has enough room to stand up, stretch out, hop around, and play, all without tripping over her things or touching the sides of the cage. Pick a cage with a solid bottom, as wire floors can hurt your pet’s paws. They also won’t contain substrate.


Choosing the right spot for the cage is very important. We strongly recommend keeping your bunny indoors. You don’t want to put Floppy in direct sunlight, or near a vent or draft. Ideally, she should be in a quiet spot, somewhere she can still see, hear, and interact with you.


Be very careful when picking substrate. Avoid pine or cedar based products, as they are toxic to bunnies. Aspen is a good choice. You can also use paper-based products. Ask your vet for advice.


Make sure Floppy has a little hiding spot to retreat to if she feels frightened, or wants some privacy for a nap.

Hay Rack

Did you know that grass hay should make up the bulk of Floppy’s diet? While you don’t absolutely have to use a hayrack, you may find it helpful, especially if you plan to litterbox train your bunny.


A litterbox isn’t absolutely necessary, but, as you can imagine, it can be very handy. Rabbits like to eat while they’re doing their business, so if you do get a litterbox, position it under the hayrack. That way, Floppy has to hop into the box to reach her food.


Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, and will develop painful dental problems if they can’t chew enough. They’re also very playful! Offer your furry buddy lots of fun toys, including plenty of suitable chew toys. You don’t have to spend a fortune keeping Floppy’s toy box full. Many cardboard, wicker, and paper objects are fine, as long as they don’t have small parts or sharp edges, and are not coated in paint, stain, or dye. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please feel free to contact us, your Temecula, CA pet hospital, anytime. We are happy to help!

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