If you are a guinea pig owner, you probably know that most guinea pigs are kept in C&C cages by their owners. C&C cages provide enough space for guinea pigs to roam around and perform their daily activities.
But if you are a rabbit owner, you might have wondered if rabbits need the same amount of space & freedom as guinea pigs do? In this blog, we will explore the different types of cages for rabbits and what is suitable for them.
Different types of rabbit housing
Unlike guinea pig cages, rabbit owners have more options on housing their rabbits. Rabbits need more of a special and spacious accommodations. Here are types of housing you can consider for your rabbits.
A hutch is an enclosed space that resembles a cage. Its walls are made of mesh to keep rabbits in. This type is mostly raised off the ground to prevent other pets from having access to the rabbits especially when they are mostly unsupervised.
These are common living and exercise space for dogs and would usually be made of wires and stand 3 to 4 feet height. Most rabbit owners would use these for their rabbits in order to give them the freedom to run around. These are ideal as the fences can be adjusted depending on the available space you have in your house. It also allows owners to easily be able to enter when they need to pick up their rabbits or provide them with food. When pens are not being used, they can be easily folded for storage or to lean against the wall.
Cages or crates
Similar to a hutch, a cage would usually be an enclosed living space similar to how other pets are being kept. Some would usually have extremely small cages for their pets to allow them to be carried around and fit small spaces.
Some owners are blessed to have additional space for a separate structure for their pets. And some of the rabbit owners would keep their rabbits in a shed so that they have ample space to run around and exercise, and at the same time, be kept away from other pets that might attack or disturb them.
These are also similar to a shed. However, they would usually be located inside the house and would be arranged to fit the needs of rabbits. Rabbits are provided this type of housing to provide owners with some playtime with them, and also be able to have easy access to check up on them. And like sheds, rabbits would have enough space to run around the room.
This is more popular among guinea pigs, but can also be used for rabbits. It is called a cage, but resembles a pen more. It gives rabbits enough space and can easily be disassembled or adjusted depending on the size of the rabbit and the space that the owner has. It would usually come with a coroplast base to protect pets from stepping on cold floors, and at the same time, protect the floor from pee & poo stains. It can be covered with hay, beddings or fleece liners to prevent rabbits from slipping. Most C&C cages are open at the top, but a cage lid or cover can be bought together or separately.
When providing a living space for rabbits, it is important that they do not have wire floors as these can hurt their feet. A solid floor is definitely recommended.
Since hiding comes naturally to rabbits to avoid being preyed upon, they can certainly appreciate a nest box inside their living space where they could sleep or escape. A litter box can also provide a safe space for rabbits, especially when it is covered with hay.
What size should I get?
Since rabbits can grow really big, a rabbit owner should consider giving a much bigger space.
It is recommended to provide your rabbit at least 12 square feet of living space or four times the size of the rabbit. It should be spacious enough to allow your rabbit to freely move around, especially when your rabbit is going to spend a lot of time there.
Also, rabbit owners should consider the height of their rabbits when they are standing up so as not to constrain them from always ducking down inside their cage. A rabbit cage that is extremely small may affect your rabbit’s health, causing problems with its spine, muscles and weight. A rabbit that is unable to get regular playtime or exercise can be prone to obesity.
The size of a rabbit’s living space would ultimately depend on the available space the owner has for the rabbit. It should be big enough to accommodate some rabbit living space essentials such as a litter box, a water bottle, a food bowl & a hay rack.
Which One is the Best?
There is not really any best housing for rabbits. But the general rule is the bigger, the better. The more free space for a rabbit to run around, the better for your pet in order to keep it active.
Be sure to remember that a living space is where rabbits would spend most of their time on. It should not be used as a punishment by locking up your rabbits. If you are using hutches or enclosed cages, you must ensure that your rabbits are let out from their cage regularly so they can stretch out, run around and get some exercise to prevent them from developing illnesses due to inactivity & confined space.
Offbeat Club C&C Cages for Rabbits
Many cages made for rabbits are still made with wire and fold out pans, for the convenience of owners to clean. However, wire and slippery floors can be dangerous for rabbits. This is why our Offbeat Club C&C Cages for rabbits are designed to be spacious enough for leisurely time and to litter train, convenient enough to clean, and safe enough for rabbits to walk on.
A C&C cage offers the flexibility to adjust the size of your pet’s living space as your rabbit grows in size. It also provides them the necessary floor time for their exercise. Offbeat Club has C&C cages, which can be used for a rabbit’s playtime & exercise, especially during times a rabbit owner can look after their pet. A 2x4 C&C cage meets the minimum required space for rabbits and could be a perfect living space for them. If you have a larger space in your house, you can opt for a 2x5 or a 2x6 C&C cage.
Offbeat Club C&C Cages were created to be very sturdy and safe for rabbits. Most C&C cages are 1x1 grids which can be very unstable. Offbeat Club C&C Cage Grids are 2x1 which not only makes them safer, but it also makes them bigger. Bigger grids are more convenient for you and your pets. Bigger grids mean that they are easier to put together, take apart, and less trouble of storing and putting away as well. Our Offbeat Club C&C Grids are also durable upon impact and were made with a powder coating that prevents it from chipping and keep it looking aesthetically pleasing than other cages.
Our OffBeat Club C&C Cage connectors are made with two materials, plastic and silicon. The plastic makes them durable and heavy enough to stay in place. The silicon creates a grip effect on floors so the cage does not slide around. Along with our OffBeat Club C&C Cages, we also include zip ties in case you prefer the cage connectors to harder to pull apart.
Our Offbeat Club C&C Cages also include a coroplast guards. The coroplast guards cover the edges and openings of the coroplast. The coroplast guards make the material round, smooth, and harder for their teeth to access.
Our Offbeat Club Cages are made to be as durable and spacious as possible. These features are extremely important to consider when searching for a safe cage for your guinea pigs to live in. All of our OffBeat Club Cages consist of features that make your rabbit's lifestle a safe, healthy, and happy one.