When it comes to housing for your rabbit (or guinea pig, for that matter) big is always best. Not because you’ll have to worry about loud veggie benders, all weekend long. A large cage simply makes sense if that’s where your loveable Lop will be spending most of his time. In this case, a hutch is your best bet.
What in pet’s name is a hutch? It’s a cage divided into two connecting compartments:
- A daytime compartment has a wire-mesh door that lets in light and air – perfect for grass hay hangovers. Just kidding.
- A nighttime compartment protects against wind, rain or cold. It also makes a great little cubby escape from the mosquitos. Or a hideout if your hares just doesn’t want you to see what they’re up to, heh-heh. KIDDING!
The roof of the hutch should be hinged. This will allow you to open it very easily for cleaning. It’s also best for the hutch itself to be raised off the ground, and located in an area where it can catch the morning sun. (Now you know we’re kidding about the all-night party animal stuff.) However, make sure you don’t expose ol’ Brer to direct sunlight, as rabbits are quite prone to heat stress – even heatstroke – during hot summer months.
Burrowing the basics into bunny’s hutch.
It’s best to fit the day compartment of the hutch with a water bottle, hay-rack, gnawing block or bark-covered log. These are a few of your rabbit’s favourite things – oh, and a heavy feeding bowl, too.
Keeping it warm and squeaky clean.
We recommend covering the floor of the hutch with newspaper, then topping that with bedding material such as as straw, grass, hay or shredded paper. This will give your bunny warmth, comfort and cushioning for his fluffy little feet, so that pressure sores can’t take over.
It’s also a pet-tastic idea to replace the bedding straw daily. As for the hutch itself, you’ll want to clean and scrub that bad boy, at least once a week. Sundays would be best – after the party and all, har-har!
Sorry, mozzies. You’re not on the list.
Try to cover the hutch wire with a flyscreen, to help keep out the mosquitos. This is a pretty big deal, since mozzies carry a deadly rabbit disease called myxomatosis – little buggers!
Wishing your best bunny a hoppy move-in! (Surely, he’ll throw some kind of house-warming…KIDDING!)