5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Keep a Rabbit in A Cage
OK, so maybe you’re wondering why you shouldn’t keep a rabbit in a cage. What I really mean is to not keep it in a cage all the time. Having a cage isn’t bad, your rabbit needs some place to be safe and chill out. The problem is too that many people don’t let their rabbits out often enough, or ever. Obviously the first reason is simply cruelty. But here are a few more that may or may not effect you as well.
Everyone needs exercise, including rabbits. Rabbits are creatures who live their lives almost constantly moving: hopping, running, binkying (“dancing”), etc. If you keep your rabbit in its cage all day, it can suffer from obesity problems. It is ideal for rabbits to get at least two hours of exercise a day, although it’s strongly recommended to let them out for several hours.
Who would want to be stuck in a two by three foot cage all day? I certainly wouldn’t. Your rabbit will become incredibly bored. In fact, by keeping a rabbit in a cage all day every day, this can lead to a depressed bunny, an standoffish rabbit, or even an aggressive pet. You will end up with a rabbit that you never had before-a very unhappy one. Rabbits who are also kept in cages can become not only aggressive toward their owners, but toward every human they come in contact with.
If you make a habit of keeping your bunny in its cage all day, this will probably not turn out very good for you either. See, as we went over before, a caged rabbit is a bored rabbit. Flopsy will end up digging and digging, and chewing and biting at whatever he can get his teeth or claws on, thus creating havoc even at night when you’re trying to sleep. Why? Because he’s bored! Trust me, you don’t want to be around a rabbit that won’t shut up.
Last but not least, is the fact that it’s not hard at all to get a rabbit out and about. Many times people will use an excuse like, “Yeah, but I don’t have time or a place for them to run around.” If you truly don’t have time, then you shouldn’t have gotten a rabbit in the first place. If you do, however, find yourself with time but “not a place” to let Flopsy run around, just make a place. Do you have a yard? Cheap chicken wire is easy enough to put up as a playpen outside. We do that with our rabbits and they love it (if you do this, make sure they have constant or frequent supervision). Maybe you don’t have a yard, but if you have even just a living room or a bedroom, your rabbit will deeply appreciate a couple of hours to run around the house. Afraid of your rabbit soiling the place? Good things bunnies are incredibly easy to litter train. And they’re not picky about where to go-even an old shoe box will do. If you’re having problems with a rabbit that won’t quit scratching at the carpet, put down some white vinegar. Better yet, pick up a spray bottle from the Dollar Store.
Now that I’m done with this article, I think I’ll go let the rabbits out …