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Why Keeping Bunnies in Cages Isn't Ideal

Photo by Duc Anh Nguyen

Rabbits are often associated with cute little cages, but is confining them to these enclosures the best way to keep our furry friends? In this blog post, we'll explore why it's not recommended to keep bunnies in cages and discuss the thoughts and considerations behind this perspective.

The Nature of Rabbits: Rabbits are inherently active and curious creatures. In the wild, they have large territories to explore, graze, and engage in natural behaviors. Understanding these instincts is crucial when deciding on the living arrangements for pet rabbits.

Limited Space, Limited Joy:

  • Cages, by their nature, restrict the space available for a rabbit to move, hop, and express their natural behaviors.

  • Limited space can lead to boredom, stress, and even physical health issues, such as muscle atrophy.

Mental Stimulation Matters:

  • Rabbits thrive on mental stimulation, and confining them to a cage deprives them of the opportunity to explore and interact with their environment.

  • Lack of mental stimulation can lead to behavioral problems like chewing on cage bars or furniture.

Social Creatures:

  • Rabbits are social animals that enjoy companionship. Placing them in isolation in a cage can result in loneliness and depression.

  • Pairing rabbits together or providing ample social interaction helps fulfill their social needs.

Thoughts and Considerations:

Space Matters:

  • Consider providing a larger living space for your rabbit, such as a bunny-proofed room or a secured play area.

  • The more space a rabbit has, the better they can express their natural behaviors and lead a happier, healthier life.

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Create an environment that encourages mental and physical stimulation. Offer toys, tunnels, and different textures for them to explore.

  • Rotating toys and regularly introducing new elements to their environment keeps things interesting.

Supervised Freedom:

  • While complete freedom might not always be practical, providing supervised free-roaming time can significantly benefit a rabbit's well-being.

  • Ensure the area is safe, free of hazards, and rabbit-proofed to prevent unwanted chewing.

Companion Consideration:

  • If possible, consider adopting or fostering a companion for your rabbit. Having a rabbit buddy can provide companionship and reduce the sense of isolation.

Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.

Conclusion: Rabbits deserve a life that allows them to express their natural behaviors, stay mentally stimulated, and enjoy social interactions. While cages may seem like a convenient solution, the long-term well-being of bunnies is better served by providing them with ample space, enrichment opportunities, and the chance to enjoy life beyond the confines of a cage. Ultimately, breaking free from traditional cage setups can lead to happier, healthier, and more content rabbits.

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