Have you ever wanted to enhance your rabbit’s environment? Maybe you’ve seen Flopsy stuck in that tiny two by three foot cage, and have decided enough is enough. Or, like me, perhaps you’re just bored enough to start a wacky project such as building a rabbit “mansion.” First off, let me say, it’s pretty easy, and relatively cheap. It’s also quite entertaining, and can be used for other small animals like guinea pigs.
The first thing you need to do is go out and buy your materials. You will need: cable ties, floor mats, wire cube shelving. Both the cable ties and floor mats can be purchased for a low price at the Dollar Tree (providing that you have dollar stores in your area). The wire cube shelving is the most expensive part of the job, which at Target where I live, normally costs $19.99 if they’re not on sale. The good thing is you only need to purchase this once, and you don’t need more than one box (although that’s optional). Plus you can always check your closet to see if you have any of these wire cubes already.
If you have the original rabbit cage, keep it. Open the top, and place it so that as the “roof” is open, it’s leaning against a wall. This way the back of your mansion will mostly just be the wall of whatever room you are building in, and you don’t have to waste any of that wire cube shelving on it.
Start by placing a wire cube faced downward into the cage, tying it to one of the cage walls with the cable ties so that it makes a single elevated platform. Platforms will act like stairs that your rabbit will have no trouble jumping to and from (you can make ramps if you want, but rabbits get up just fine using stairs which are not as much of as hassle to make). Use the cable ties to fasten the wire cube shelving together with the platforms. Use the shelving for the walls as well, and for the higher levels that extend above the original cage (wire cube shelving at Target comes with plastic pieces to put the shelves together, but ignore these; the cable ties are much safer and more secure).
So, you know that the shelving will be used as stairs and walls, but here’s a quick and important note. There are two different sizes if you purchase the Target brand: half of the shelving will comes with small holes, the other half with larger holes. Only use the large holes as platforms, not as walls as there will be a chance that your rabbit will get its head stuck (that happened to mine). You can, however, still use the larger sized pieces as walls as long as you plaster something over the holes that your rabbit won’t chew up.
Use your imagination with how many stories and levels you want. Do you want to build up from the cage? To the sides of the cage? Or all of the above? Eventually you will end up with a rabbit “mansion.” After you have the mansion put together, place down those floor mats on the platforms and on each level of the cage so that your pet can walk on something smooth (other items instead of floor mats will work, like cardboard; however, your pet will probably chew on the cardboard).
Once you’re done, stand back and see what you’ve created. You’ve just upgraded Flopsy from a rabbit cage, to a rabbit mansion. Congratulations!