At Wilko, we’re proudly partnering with the RSPCA so we’ve asked their animal experts for top tips on how to make the best rabbit homes for happy bunnies.
Rabbits can make great pets, but you have to realise that these cute balls of fur have many complex needs, especially when it comes to their living space. Understanding these needs will help you build the perfect habitat in which they can enjoy a great life.
Space for your hoppers
A hutch is not the only place a rabbit can call home. Sure, traditional large rabbit hutches provide good shelter, but many people choose a room, a shed or a child’s playhouse instead. Ideally you want to use the largest space you have available (at least 3-metres long by 2-metres wide and 1-metre high) where you can provide a secure well-ventilated, dry and draught-free sleeping shelter. Remember, bunnies love to hide, so constant access to a variety of safe hiding spots is important.
Choosing a home that gives your rabbit enough space to enjoy is very important. Being able to stretch out fully without touching the shelter’s sides, other rabbits or touching their ears on the roof when standing up on their hind legs is key to keeping our fury friends happy and content. A communal area will also give them somewhere to snuggle up together.
Free to do what bunnies do
Rabbits are active animals that need opportunities to hop, run, jump and dig. An exercise run, ideally on grass, allows rabbits to do the things they love. As rabbits are most active at dawn, dusk and throughout the night, it’s best if they always have access to their exercise run. Attaching it to the shelter would create the ideal environment.
A fit body and a sound mind
Because rabbits are very intelligent and inquisitive, they can get bored easily if they have nothing to do. To keep active and stay healthy, they need toys like the Boredom Breaker Natural Carrot Woodroll to play with, fresh hay to lie in, treats to chew on, water to sip on and some shaded hiding places.
Cosy critters are happy critters
Shelters need enough bedding to keep your bunnies warm. This bedding should be comfy, safe to eat and dust-free. You also need to create a suitable toileting place. If you use litter trays (yes you can train a rabbit to use a litter tray!) use newspaper, straw, shredded paper, natural wood or paper-based non-clumping cat litter. Toilet areas should be separate to sleeping areas and both should be cleaned regularly. To help keep the flies away, clean the living area twice a week and toilet areas daily.
Each time you clean their home, make sure to leave a little unsoiled bedding behind though. This will keep the area smelling familiar and comforting for your rabbits.
Need more rabbit advice?
If you need any more information on keeping rabbits, please visit the RSPCA’s rabbit welfare and advice page.
Don’t forget, participating vets will be giving free health checks to rabbits throughout May as part of Rabbit Awareness Week. Find a vet near you.
You’ll find everything you need to keep your rabbits in hopping good health at wilko.com.