Make sure your bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other small pets are warm, safe, and dry during unpleasant weather conditions. The weatherproof Precision Pet Rabbit Multi-Plex Hutch is made from solid wood designed to keep the sun and rain out. Using a screwdriver (not included), the hutch assembles easily in 5 simple steps. First, secure the side panels to the front and back panels. The front panel includes a sturdy wire mesh door that latches securely. Then, attach the water-resistant feet that adjust to make the hutch level on uneven terrain. Third, drop in the floor panels. The Rabbit Multi-Plex Hutch is designed to be used with additional Precision Pet Rabbit Multi-Plex Hutches, giving you many configuration options, including adding a ladder to get from one level to another. You can also drop in the included divider panel, which allows your pet a private sleeping area. Next, attach the eave panels. Finally, attach the weatherproof asphalt roof panels and ridge cap. Lower or remove the back door, allowing the pets to enter and exit at will. The Precision Pet Rabbit Multi-Plex Hutch measures 33 x 39 x 29 inches. Shop here
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Great for rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals, this hutch is the perfect place for them to call home. The two-story enclosure gives them both indoor comfort and outdoor running space, with a fitted ramp for easy access to anywhere in their home. Made of glazed China Fir with an extra stable metal lattice, making it both winter proof and weatherproof. Roof is easily opened, with a removable plastic base for quick cleaning and a lockable hatch for storage. Easy to assemble. Shop here
When it comes to choosing the housing where you will keep your pet rabbit, inside your house or outdoors in your backyard. If you decide to keep it outdoors whether in addition to the rabbit cage inside your house or just outdoors, you may have to choose between a rabbit hutch or one type of rabbit runs.
Why should you choose a rabbit hutch?
There are a few reasons in favor of you getting a rabbit hutch for your pet rabbit. Before stating those reasons, it is the assumption that the following conditions are present or can be fulfilled:
1. The hutch is constructed of durable materials. Part of the wall is made of strong wire mesh, to allow good ventilation and part wood or plastic sheet of adequate thickness to provide warmth to the rabbit.
2. There is a solid nice roofing. The roofing serves to protect the rabbit from inclement weather such as sudden precipitation. Also, it serves as an obstruction to the line of sight of a hawk flying above the cage searching for a prey for its food.
3. The floor is of good construction or has a solid plastic sheet. This is to prevent any injury on the feet of your pet rabbit.
4. There is a place where it will be shaded form the direct rays of the sun and sheltered from strong driving wind. If there is no place shaded and sheltered place, this will be a great disadvantage. For one thing, in case of strong winds, the rabbit hutch can be knocked over. When this happens there is a high probability of your pet being injured. Also, because of the shock your rabbit might suffer a heart attack and the possibility of death is there.
5. There is the needed material like hay to serve as bed for the rabbit. This is a must to make the life of the rabbit a bit more comfortable; a litter box, receptacles for the food and drinking water, etc.
6. It is of the right size for your pet rabbit. It is the hutch that allows your pet to hop and play or stand on its hind legs.
7. Your pet is litter trained.
8. All the other things like cleaning and maintenance are being done regularly done by you.
All things being said, what are the advantages that a rabbit hutch gives?
1. The elevated construction of the hutch serves as a natural protection from predators. For a raccoon for instance, it would be difficult for it to reach the hutch's floor without climbing. This brings it to a weak position to do any harm to the rabbit, much more penetrate the strong wire mesh of the hutch. If it goes atop the roof of the hutch, the more it cannot go inside it. For birds of prey, it would be a little bit difficult to spot the rabbit inside, much more get the rabbit out of it.
For dogs and others, the height of the hutch not only serves as a barrier for the rabbit but also is a deterrent to any attempt to destroy the wire mesh or the wood covering which could otherwise be done if the hutch were on ground level.
It also is a sort of cushion against shock or panic caused by the sight of the action of the predator on the ground or even the sound produced by it. Especially if the hutch has that room where the rabbit can hide, then the panic can be minimized including the rash reactions of the rabbit that will tend to injure it or cause a heart attack.
2. The protection afforded by the roof, the sidings, and the place the hutch is located, serve to give some sort of peace of mind to the pet owner that the pet is secure and safe, so that whether they leave the house or not, whether they are awake of asleep, no unwanted things will happen to the rabbit. For as long as you do the things to cultivate and enhance the social life of the rabbit, there will be no problem. In other words, less supervision could be required on your part or that of your family.
However, although the hutch is quite safe, still it is still better to have a cage inside your house to keep your pet at night.
What about rabbit runs?
Rabbit runs are also extensively used by pet owners because they find in them the fulfillment of some of the needs of their pet rabbits. If they have adequately predator-proofed the run; have removed the poisonous plants that may be present at the ground where the run will be placed; and the like, there are advantages that result from using it.
1. They afford more room for the rabbit to exercise resulting in a healthier rabbit for you.
2. They also give the rabbit that feel of its natural habitat and so can play and hop or explore the grass on which the run has been placed. They can burrow if they want to but with much restraint.
3. There is very good ventilation and adequate sunshine for the rabbit. If in case the sun becomes hot, the rabbit can always get inside the covered room provided inside the run.
Rabbit runs though, need constant supervision because of the danger of predators, especially if your house is located near some forested areas. Not even your predator-proofing of the run will ensure that they will not be harmed in case of an attack because the shock and the panic caused by an attack can cause the rabbit to run wildly, twist and jump which might result in injuries like a broken vertebral column or a heart attack.
Which one then?
It depends on your situation and your preference. You can have a rabbit hutch or a rabbit run or both, if you can afford it and depending on the place you are living in.
Do you keep your rabbit inside your house all the time because you fear that some harm can come to it? There is not so much to fear, there are rabbit runs available in stores or you can make one, so your rabbit can have more fun and exercise and be the rabbit that it is.
Why not consider a rabbit run
Those who have rabbits for pet know that rabbit need exercise, sunlight and plenty of fresh air. Keeping the pet rabbit in the house or in a cage, without so much human interaction and without a companion almost always leads to boredom and destructive behavior such as chewing anything they can get near.
Letting the rabbit in the yard, on the other hand has its risks. For one thing, because your rabbit is basically a herbivore, it could chew leaves of poisonous plants and cause it to be sick or die. Even the grass or non-poisonous plants could have been sprayed with herbicide or chemical fertilizers could have been placed at the base of the plant.
All these are hazards to you're per rabbit. In addition, their might be spots in your yard infested with fleas.
Those hazards could create more problems for you and your pet than just keeping it inside your house or in the hutch.
Not just a run
If you have made your yard safe for your rabbit, your potential problem does not stop there because rabbits are animal preys and so it has to contend with their natural predators like dogs and cats, foxes, opossums, weasels, and raccoons. If they are loitering in the yard, they are also easy targets for hawks and even owls.
Pet rabbit owners usually go around this problem by providing rabbit runs for their pets. They either buy one from the shop within the vicinity where they live or go shopping online.
Selecting which of the rabbit runs you find is best for your pet can be easily done if you know what you are looking for in a rabbit run. For one, it should provide a wide space for your pet to run around and play. At the same time, it must be small enough to be able to move it when you need to.
A standard run is one which is made of wood and wire mesh which usually are made of materials that can easily destroyed and gnawed by the rabbit. Fox proof runs consider the possibility of the rabbit being attacked by predators, especially a fox.
To a fox, a rabbit is perhaps one of the most delicious meals it can have. In the first place, a rabbit run made of less sturdy materials can easily be destroyed by a fox. Foxes have been known to be able to jump over a six foot fence or wall, can dig easily and make a tunnel to a rabbit run or even under a fence of a yard just to be able to enter the place where your rabbit run is located.
People think that if they have a chicken wire for their rabbit runs, their rabbit is already safe. Foxes have strong and powerful jaws so that chicken wire and plywood are easy jobs for them.
Only if the run has the flooring made of strong welded wire that cannot be destroyed by a fox and at the same time one which will not cause injury to your pet's feet. At the same time that kind of flooring will allows your pet to run on the grass.
Nor could they be assured that just because they are there supervising their pet while inside the rabbit run, no predator can approach the run.
If they are in the city for example, urban foxes have been accustomed to people so that when looking for their prey, they are not scared by the presence of people. If they see their targets, they would not mind the people present.
In the face of such a determined predator, what use will your run have, unless it is made of say strong welded wire mesh properly and firmly attached to the wooden frame and the door secured with metal locks or bolts?
How about a raccoon which is known to pass through the drainage canal to go places in hunt for their food.
The more so if your home is located near a forest. The predators are many and of different kinds.
Additional requirements for a rabbit run
The run must provide some shelter for the rabbit if there is a mild precipitation. This will also serve as a resting place for the rabbit where also it can hide when it sense some danger approaching.
Rabbits have sensitive ears and sense of smell. Their eyes can see over a wide angle so that it can even scan the overhead for threats to it. When danger is detected, it can immediately run for cover or hide in its shelter provided for it. This shelter serves also as a shield from the scorching heat of the sun especially during the summer months.
But it is not intended as a permanent dwelling
A rabbit run is not intended to be the permanent dwelling of your pet rabbit. It should only serve the purpose of play and exercise and having more sunlight and fresh air. It is not advised that you leave your pet there even at night.
Rabbits tend to be safer inside the house at night, and for socialization with the family and other occupants of the house.
So after all it has its limitations
Yes, rabbit runs serve many useful purposes for the rabbit but it is not the cure-all to some problems generated by having such a pet.
Rabbits are very similar to guinea pigs because they are also sociable and enjoy the presence of their company especially if his owner is not around in the entire day or they are kept outside the household with larger space to play. If two male rabbits stay together inside a cage, often they will fight especially when they are sexually mature already but rest assured, they will enjoy the company of each other. On the other hand, if two female rabbits stay together, you will have no problem if you will introduce them at the start of their early weeks, but carefully observe for any conflicts when you will introduce them in their older age. It is not advisable to keep the male and female rabbit inside the cage since the sexual arousal of the male rabbit last for how many days that might injure the female rabbit. So it is a lot better to separate the two sexes all the time.
Rabbits can survive in both indoors and outdoors for as long as you keep them in cages with several rooms, accessible water and food resources, play toys and cage compartments. Unlike other pet mammals, rabbits like guinea pigs require more sensitive care. Also, the materials used in caring rabbits are quite expensive like their personalized hutches, hutches covers and rabbit runs. And, they can live for about 5-12 years and they can grow as big as your household cats. Just always put in mind that before you plan to select the rabbit variety, always consider first the availability of rabbit hutches and other related equipments before buying a rabbit. Make sure that the hutch is already available before you bring the rabbit home.
If your choice is to keep the rabbit inside your home, a structured environment is very important if you plan to place the rabbit out of their hutches inside their home since most of them does not like loud noises especially when they are resting. But if you are planning to keep them inside their hutches, there are so many commercially prepared indoor hutches with stylish furnishing just right for your rabbit’s needs. Deciding to keep them inside your house is a complicated choice because you need to secure their environment, it should be free from dangers like cable wires that might be chewed by your pet rabbit because we can’t get rid of the fact that rabbits like to chew specially objects with rubber or other objects made up of flexible substance.
When you are in a pet store looking for a pet rabbit, inspect first the situation of the rabbit’s cage. A dirty cage means an increased risk of having a sick pet so better find another pet store. The cage must not be overcrowded with rabbits because it has a tendency of injuring their fellow rabbits with their powerful legs used in jumping. The water and food container must be clean also. Lastly, the rabbit should look healthy like having a firm and soft body, bright eyes with no discharges of any kind, clean white coat, and alert and should be free from other unusual observations such as sticky eyes, dirty bottom, sneezing and sleepiness. They are also ideally at least 6-8 weeks of age before buying them.