Cages for decorative rabbits is one of the most important acquisitions, if the family has decided to have such animals. Decorative animals differ from ordinary rabbits in smaller sizes, which determines a special approach to the choice of housing. In this case, it is worth considering the many nuances and features.
It should be remembered that rabbits love cleanliness and order.
The first thing you need to pay attention to when choosing a cage for ornamental rabbits is its size. Focus on the breed of the rabbit. Buying a tiny animal, do not forget that in a couple of months it will grow up and will not fit in the proposed apartments. Therefore, it is best to get information from the seller about what size an adult rodent will have. Based on this and choose a cell.
The size of the cage for rabbits.
Usually, the minimum cell sizes are 85x45x42 cm. Of course, such a choice may cost less, but this space will not be enough for an animal. In this case, it is recommended to consider the parameters 100x52x44 cm, 100x80x70 cm or 120x100x80 cm.
It is best to proceed from such considerations: the animal should easily stand on its hind legs and stretch out without reaching the ceiling. As for the length and width, it is worth considering the possibility of a lying rabbit to stretch out to its fullest height, but it still needs free space. It is extremely important so that the animal can not just move, but play. This will help keep your pet’s health in good condition.
We must not forget that in addition to the rodent in his home will be other items. Thus, there you need to put a feeder (and if the menu of the pet is quite varied, then there is not one), a drinking bowl, a rest house, a nursery for hay, a toilet, toys, tunnels, etc. For all these things you need to provide a lot of space. Everything should be placed comfortably – so that the rabbit can move freely between these objects.
The most common advice for a proper purchase is that the cage volume for rabbits is 4 times their own. And it is better to get a cage first and then a pet.
Requirements for material and construction
The cage for the decorative rabbit must be made of a suitable material. Such, as a rule, is metal. This is the most durable and durable option, such a purchase will last at least 3 years. Do not stop the choice on plastic. It is harmful to the health of the animal, is fragile (it is very easily subject to deformation by claws and teeth of a rodent), does not allow to create the correct temperature regime.
We must not forget that the animals in question are very fond of something to bite. And the first thing they will notice is the cage, so you need to choose metal or galvanized structures.
Drawing of a cage for a decorative rabbit.
The most acceptable option is a cage for decorative rabbits, the side walls of which consist of rods that are located 3-5 cm apart from each other.
A very important point: they should not be painted, because It is very harmful to the health of the animal. The ceiling can in the same form as the walls of the housing, or in the form of a continuous coating.
The proposed design solution allows you to create optimal conditions for the content of pets. After all, they are very susceptible to ambient temperature. Very bad rabbits tolerated heat, compressed air. But thanks to the bars, the air is just very well ventilated, so the rabbit gets fresh air in sufficient quantity.
Unlike walls, the floor in the cells should not consist of rods or be in the form of a lattice. This can result in injury to the animal, for example, if its foot is stuck. The most successful option when the floor is offered a special plastic pan, and preferably thicker. Its surface should be slightly raised. If the pallet is still smooth, then this problem can be eliminated with the help of fabric bedding, on which sawdust is placed. But it is recommended to avoid buying cells with pallets, which have a flat surface. All because of the possible sliding of the rodent when moving, and this is fraught with dislocations and fractures.
One should also pay attention to the presence of flanges, since their height should not be less than 7 cm. Therefore, sawdust, shavings, and sometimes straw are usually poured at the bottom, and the rabbit digs holes in them. In order to avoid debris falling over the sides, it is best to select the height of the latter at 12-15 cm.
There are also cages designed to transport pets. This is a trip with a rabbit to the country or for a walk in the park. In this case, used plastic construction. They are convenient because their walls are solid, without cracks, and this prevents the occurrence of drafts.
Where to place and how to care
Food pyramid of ornamental rabbits.
For the well-being of rabbits, their cages must be properly placed. It is necessary to observe the basic rule: there should be neither hot nor cold, otherwise the disease is inevitable. Therefore, places near windows, batteries, fireplaces, air conditioners, and lamps are immediately excluded. It is important to pay attention to the lack of drafts.
Even decorative rabbits do not like noise, so they have to live in the quietest room without a TV or computer. But in the kitchen to put a cell is undesirable. Care should also be taken of good daylight illumination. Place a pet’s house on the floor can not be due to possible drafts. Let it stand on a small elevation, but not very high (about 1 m).
In the summer season, you can take out the rabbit on the balcony or loggia. But this does not mean that the animal can be left there, in June, and in September to pick up. All the time you will need to control the temperature. The lowest temperature at which the rabbit will still be comfortable is + 16 ° C. But no drafts. To prevent this phenomenon, the 3 walls of the cell should be solid, and 4 made of metal rods. You will also have to pay attention to excessive heat – the animal can get a sunstroke already at + 26 ° C. Therefore, the cage should have a canopy that creates a fairly shaded space.
In summer cells, it is recommended to have a house, where the animal can hide from interfering natural and other factors. The house may be wooden, but not from conifers. In no case should it be painted.
Decorative rabbits, like ordinary ones, are very fond of cleanliness and order, therefore it is necessary to clean the cage carefully and regularly. After a day, you need to wash the water bottle and the feeder, clean the toilet every day, change litter at least once a week. But the general cleaning should be carried out once a month. To do this, you need to get out of the cage of the rabbit and all other objects, wash everything well.
This procedure cannot be performed using various chemical cleaning products and detergents. First, the remedies leave the smell. As a result, the rabbit may refuse to eat food. Secondly, the remnants of washing liquids can enter the body of a rodent, which will cause illness and death. Enough to do with hot water, and for disinfection using a weak solution of potassium permanganate. The last procedure must be carried out not only in relation to the cell itself, but also to all other objects inside.
Choosing a cage for decorative rabbits is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. However, in this case there are no difficulties that can not be sorted out. If you approach the choice with full responsibility, having previously studied and provided for all the subtleties, the rabbit will be satisfied with the housing received. But the admission of mistakes will inevitably lead to his death, so you need to be attentive to your pet.