3 Different Types of DIY Cages for Rabbits
Another important element while making rabbit cage plans is the appropriate size and type of cage.There are three types of rabbit cage and they are based on the material that is being used i.e. wooden, plastic and metal.
Wooden cages look very classy and match with any décor inside or outside a house.
The material wood can easily be chewed by rabbits thus they may not prove to be very long lasting and wood can also catch termites leading to destruction of rabbits fur and health. These can also catch a strong reek and even absorb urine or spilled water leading to many infections and diseases thus proving to be unsafe.
Plastic cages either consist of a plastic base or top. Those with a plastic base and wire top are mostly intended for indoor usage.
Plastic cages do not provide any shelter to the rabbit so that they can have their privacy. An additional sleep box has to be placed inside. Rabbits may chew on the plastic and swallow it which is injurious to their health.
Despite of all the drawbacks plastic cages are lightweight, easy to clean and do not soak up urine of rabbits, they are a good option if owners keep an eye on rabbits to prevent them from chewing.
There is a variety of metal cages accessible in the market some of them have a metal base and a rigid wire top designed for keeping inside the house.
Mostly they have very good ventilation and easy access to sunlight but they do not have any shelter to provide shade to rabbits; an additional sleeping box has to be placed inside to provide the rabbits some privacy.
Metal is a good insulator, it’s usually cold but gets very hot while put under sun so the base of the cage has to be covered to keep the rabbits from diverse temperature shifts.
Cages that have wire mesh floors are advised to be avoided as they can cause rabbits feet to sore.
A cage should be big enough that the rabbits in it more freely and happily. The ideal size for cages is at least ¾ square foot (0.75 sq ft) for each pound of weight of a mature rabbit; this will provide sufficient space for them to move about freely. In short a Rabbit Cage should be 30 inches x 36 inches (2.5 x 3.0 feet) at least, which is frequently measured to be the standard size cage for medium breeds.
The height of cages should be at least 15 inches but most preferably they should be 18 inches high. Height of fully grown rabbits can be measured when they are standing and keeping a few inches space so that its ears never touch the ceiling will determine the perfect height for a rabbit cage.
Determining Size According to Breed
Rabbit cage plans should be made following the breed of rabbits because all breeds have different sizes and the cage’s size should be proper.
Small breeds include Netherlands Dwarf, Lion head, Mini Lops, American fuzzy Lops, Lion Lops, Holland Lops, Dutch and Polish. Their weight is around half to six pounds and so their cage size calculated by the rule of thumb mentioned above.
Breeds of medium size weigh around six to eleven pounds. Famous among these breeds are Dwarf Lops, Cashmere Lops, Angora, Standard Rex, Satin, Dwarf Hotot etc.
These rabbits are huge and might weight between six pounds to fourteen pounds. Their cage size will be as big as eleven square feet. These include Belgium Hare, New Zealand, English Lop, German Lop and French Lop.
British Giant and Flemish Giant are two giant breeds of rabbits that have minimum weight of 13 pounds. These are more docile and like to be independent and out in open so their cages should be huge or they should be led out as they are very much prone to any predator attacks.
A little bit research makes it easier for the rabbit lovers to keep rabbits. Rabbits cage plans are essential because it helps to keep rabbits safe and it also makes captivity easier.