I am the proud owner of two medium-sized rabbits. By that I mean rabbits that weigh between five and eight pounds each. When I bought them they were babies so, of course, weren’t anywhere near that size but rabbits grow quickly. Soon enough, I had two medium-sized rabbits that had already outgrown the cage I had bought just four months previously and were in desperate need of larger living quarters. That’s when I went out and decided to splurge on a very large cage — no more outgrowing rabbit cages for my little bunnies.
If you too are the owner of medium-sized rabbits, or are planning on getting some in the near future, how big should a rabbit cage be for a medium-sized rabbit so it doesn’t outgrow it and what exactly should the cage look like?
The minimum sized cage for medium-sized rabbits – It doesn’t matter whether your rabbits are going to be indoor or outdoor rabbits. They still need a reasonable sized cage if they’re going to grow healthy and strong and stay that way.
While there are no absolute set sizes of cage for a medium-sized rabbit, the minimum size it should be is at least twice the length of your bunny when he is stretched out completely, and tall enough so that when he stands on his hind legs his head doesn’t reach the roof.
It should also be long enough that he can hop at least two or three times without hitting a wall, and wide enough that he’s not having to scrunch himself up to turn around. Of course, the bigger it is the happier your bunny will be.
As an example, if you have a rabbit that is 2 feet long when he stretches out, then his cage should be at least four feet long and a couple of feet wide for easy turning. If it’s also just over two feet high, that will allow him to stand up on his hind legs and stretch his nose towards the roof. As long as he can’t touch it, the cage is tall enough.
Is a cage enough or do you need a pen? – Rabbits need to be able to exercise several hours a day if they are going to stay healthy and not get fat. That means, if you have the room in your house or back yard, your rabbit should have his very own rabbit pen where he can exercise to his heart’s content. That should be large enough so that he can run around or hop up and down without bumping into the pen side after just two hops.
Ideally a pen that is around 8 feet long and 2 feet or 3 feet wide as well as a couple of feet high would be a perfect size as that’s long enough for him to run quite fast and then turn around and run right back. Just remember, if you’re going to put the pen out in the back yard, make sure the top is completely closed off so no predatory animal can climb in and carry your precious bunny off somewhere.
What should the cage look like? – It actually doesn’t matter what your rabbit cage looks like, as long as it’s large enough for your medium-sized rabbit to be comfortable in and that it is made from safe materials and is clean, dry and kept away from drafts.
You can have a one-story cage, a two-story house, a shed, or even a cage you put together yourself from storage cubes. As long as it’s large enough for your rabbit to lie full length, hop around comfortably and has a covered area where he can go and hide, your bunny will be happy no matter what it looks like.
I made my second rabbit cage out of metal storage cubes that I put together to form a large run area as well as a two-story enclosure at one end of the cage. It is eight feet long and three feet wide and holds two medium-sized rabbits very well.
Inside it, I placed three large plastic storage containers for them to climb on or lie on, and four small children’s plastic chairs for them to sit on. They also sit under the chairs for part of the day as that allows them to ‘hide’. The entire cage only cost me $45 to make and it’s stayed looking like new for more than six years. When it gets grubby, I just take it apart, wash each metal cube side in the bath and then clip it back together again.
For some ideas on rabbit cages to make or buy for medium-sized rabbits, check out these awesome photographs at Rabbits United.