When you have a company of a pet, it can ease the stress and boredom you get by surfing the same mundane orbit of your daily life. From hundreds of pet animals out there, the rabbit is one of the most popular ones.
As a pet lover, you must be cautious when it comes to the safety of your loving pet. If you have a rabbit, a cage is a must-have material to ensure its best protection.
Unless you want to make the hungry fox out in the bush as happy as Larry by giving away your dear pet as a holy gift, I'm sure it will treat your pet with the best love and care the world has ever seen!
Well, if you really love your rabbit, you need a cage. And why spend your money on buying one when you can make one on your own? In this article, you will learn how to build an indoor rabbit cage. Here's How.
How to Build an Indoor Rabbit Cage?
So, here is a step by step guide on how to build an indoor cage for your rabbit. Follow the steps carefully and make sure you replicate everything well.
Step 1: Building the Walls of the Cage
The first thing you are going to need is wire storage cubes: they can be easily found in any departmental store. You will get 32 panels in those two boxes, 16 each; however, you will need 30 pieces of them. These wire storage cubes can also be bought online.
Next, take 9 of wire panels and lay them out orderly. You have to frame 3 wire panels in a horizontal formation. Following the same method, add another two rows of wire panels aside.
Now, you are supposed to have one square-shaped wall. You will have two more 3x3 square shaped walls after repeating the process in the same method. They will be used as the walls of your rabbit's cage.
Step 2: Making the Front and Back Walls
You need 6 more wire panels to build the front and back walls. First, use 3 wire panels to make another horizontal line. Afterward, add 1 more level line above it to make a square shape, which must be 3 wire boards long and 2 wire boards wide.
Following the same process, make 2 x 3 rectangles to cover the front and back walls. You must make sure that grid parts are held skywards.
Step 3: Attaching the Wire Panels
This time you have to make 4 walls. Adding the wire panels to one another is pretty easy by using plastic cable ties. Around the wires wrap a single cable, most specifically in the meeting point of each corner. Make sure that all the corners of the panel are joined strongly.
For the sidewalls, there are supposed to be 32 cable ties attached, and for the front walls, 20 cable ties. You don't have to tighten the cable ties as yet, but you got to make sure at least they are cable of holding the wire cubes together.
Time to Build the Main Cage
Step 1: Connecting the Wall Pieces
You can connect them by using cable ties. Start with the front wall, then move on to the sidewall. Follow the same technique we used last time to connect them.
Set those two connected walls positioning upward, so it looks like the letter L. By using the remaining ones, make another L after that, add all those L, and now you are supposed to have a cage in a rectangular shape.
Step 2: Aligning the dowels with the cage
For homemade indoor rabbit cages, dowels are essential material. Take two dowels that are around 120cm long and put them aligned by the side of the cage. Each dowel has to be a bit longer than the size of your cage. Shove both of the dowels through the top corner lid in the center boards of the front and back dividers of the cage.
After that, take another two dowels (32 inches long) and insert them through the front direction of the cage. And be sure again that they are a bit longer than the size of your cage. Then use the lid of the two bottom corners to push them through and make sure that the diameter of the dowels is 2.86 cm in size.
Step 3: Attaching the Dowels
Here we will use the cable ties to attach the dowels of the cage. The first set of dowels must be placed to the edge of the cage and the second set in the front. Then use the twist ties to cloak each dowel. After that, the nearest panels wires.
Make sure that the twist ties are tightened enough to carry the weight of your rabbits.
Step 4: Creating the Shelves
The dowels will be useful to add shelves inside of the cage. You can use plywood as shelves as they are light-weight also strong enough to handle the weight of rabbits. The ideal size of the shelves would be 28 inches in width and 13 inches in length.
Try to make the base shelve around 1-foot-high so it will be easier for your rabbit to cross them by jumping. Make a ramp in between those shelves by using plywood (4-5 feet long). This gives them a comfortable way to surf inside the cage.
Furnishing the Cage:
Now, it’s time to finish up making DIY indoor rabbit cages. Here’s how.
Step 1: Keep a Plastic Container
You should keep a plastic container inside where you will put the foods for your rabbits so they will remain fresh and clean. Underneath it, you can keep a straw to try where the wastes of food will fall. It will easier for you to clean the cage. Also, your rabbits will feel comfortable.
You can also use the straw tray for the bedding of your rabbits. You can put dry hay to make a comfy bed, which will also keep them warm during winter. Make sure you clean the bed daily. Otherwise, your rabbits might get affected by a bacterial infection.
Food for Your Rabbits:
Rabbits mostly like to eat grass; besides that, hay is also good. To make them happy, you can give them fresh fruits or vegetables at times as treats. But remember to keep the diet in balance. Feeding your rabbit hay will keep their teeth sharp and healthy. Don't forget to put a water bowl and change the water every day.
Fun for Your Rabbits:
Rabbits love to play with cardboard boxes and tubes. Make some holes in the cardboard box and put dry hay or paper your rabbit will love to stay there! You can also give your cats, dogs, or kids toy to your rabbit.
Rabbits are great as a pet. They are not noisy, and you don't have to put a lot of effort to pet them. However, you should keep them always clean so that they don't get affected by germs or bacteria. If you know how to build an indoor rabbit cage, it will get a lot easier for you to safeguard them from many challenges.
Also, you will feel great to offer your rabbit a cage made by you. Ensure their healthy diet, and if you have a dog, you might want to keep them away as far as possible.
They might end up scaring, even hurting, or killing your beloved rabbits. So, keep that in mind. That's all for today. Wish you the best!