Rabbits are delightful pets. They are adorable and easily a favorite. Compared to other pets, they are low-maintenance and docile. They are popular even among adults as they are very affectionate animals and are known to bring much enjoyment with their quirky personalities.
So what does it take to accommodate such an enjoyable companion? Not much! All that requires for raising a rabbit is a proper living space with a litter box, feeding tray, water bowls, and a sleeping space.
Yes, you can buy one, but it would be better to build one. Let’s get to know-how.
What You Will Need to Build Your Indoor Rabbit Cage:
- Tespo Wire cage panels 12 by 12 size, enough to build the 4 walls of your enclosure. It is recommended to use 9 panels per wall.
- Agolds Zip Ties, enough to tie every unit of the cage panel and the dowels.
- Dowels, at least 2 to support the upper levels of the cage. Make sure to check if they are the right size to go through the cage holes.
- Plywood boards as the flooring for the higher levels and the sleeping quarter. And also to act as ramps for the rabbits to hop up.
- Nail and nail gun, to put the levels and the sleeping quarter walls together. So that it does not topple off from the weight of the rabbit.
- Synthetic waterproof material spread, enough to cover every level’s flooring and the ramps.
- Glue to attach the flooring spread with.
How to Build an Indoor Rabbit Cage?
A rabbit cage is built by aligning cage panels together to form a rectangular enclosure to retain the rabbit on the inside. Below we will see the details of how to build the cage.
How to Make Walls Out of Cage Panel?
- Take the panels and lay them out side by side to how long and wide you want the wall to be. If you want a two-level cage, 9 panels long should be enough. Make sure that all the panels are facing the right way up.
- After the panels are properly put down in a large rectangle, begin to strap them together with zip ties, 3 ties per edge. Once you are done, proceed to build the rest of the cage walls. Leave out one panel in one of the walls to acts as a door.
- When the walls are finished, strap them adjacently with zip ties. Next, attach the latch with zip ties or twist ties to the cage panel which will be the door and strap the door to the wall panel with 2 more ties.
How to Build Levels?
- Take the dowels and insert them through the holes of the cage at the correct height. Once you are certain, strap the dowels to the cage wall with zip ties tightly.
- Now cut the flooring material to the size of the higher levels of the cage. Put glue on the plywood boards and spread evenly. Then place the boards on the dowels. Using the nail gun, nail down the boards. Leave the plywood boards for the sleeping quarter level aside.
How to Build a Secluded Sleeping Space?
- Nail the plywood board walls of the sleeping quarter together. 3 walls should be more than enough. Then nail them on the level’s flooring plywood board. Leave some space on the very edge of the flooring to nail the board to the dowels later.
- After the walls are nailed together and secured to the flooring, take the plywood board for the ceiling and nail on to the walls. Next put the whole level on the dowels. Nail together.
How to Place the Ramps?
- Cut the flooring material according to ramp size. Coat the plywood boards with glue and spread the flooring on them. Once correctly aligned, dry completely. Then lean against level edges.
How to Paste the Flooring?
- Mark out the measurements and outline the cage surface area with glue. Cut out the flooring according to the measurements of the cage area. Carefully press down the flooring evenly.
How to Put the Finishing Touches?
- Finally, place the cage on top of the flooring. Check if anything is out of place or not measuring up. Then place a small straw bed in the sleeping quarter and a litter box at the bottom of the cage. Strap a feeding tray and a water bowl to a corner of the cage wall with zip ties. Add loads of toys.
- Consult your rabbit to see if it likes the new cage design. And you’re done. It is not a very difficult or daunting task. Easily achievable but very valuable. Your rabbit will love you for it.