New rabbit cages can be expensive. If you happen to have an extra dog crate that you are not currently using for a dog, why not transform it into a rabbit cage? The directions given are to make a freestanding outdoor rabbit cage. However, to use your dog crate indoors for your rabbit use the tips given to transform your dog crate without any construction.
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Things you need
- Nails 2.5 to 3-inches long
- Four eight-foot 2-inch by 4-inch treated boards
- Staple gun and staples
- Welded wire mesh same size as dog crate bottom
- Dog crate--remove metal tray
- Wooden box large enough to hold your rabbit
Measure the length and width of your dog crate.
Cut two 2-inch by 4-inch boards that are the same length as your dog crate. Cut two more boards that are 2 inches less than the width of your dog crate. This will allow you to create a wooden frame the same size as your dog crate. Be sure to place the shorter boards in between the longer boards. Cut two of the 8-foot boards in half, creating four 4-foot boards.
Nail the frame together, creating a rectangle the same size as your dog crate. Next, nail one 4-foot board on the inside of each corner to provide legs for your rabbit cage. Use at least three nails in a triangular pattern to prevent the legs from moving.
Staple the welded wire mesh over the top of the wooden frame you just built using your staple gun.
Set the dog crate on top of the wire mesh without the tray. Staple the bottom outer edge of the dog crate to the wooden from using your staple gun.
Put a small wooden box filled with straw inside the dog crate to offer protection for your rabbit. Attach the water bottle to the side of the dog crate and place a feeding dish inside the cage as well. Set the rabbit cage next to a building or in the garage to help protect your rabbit against inclement weather conditions.
Tips and warnings
- Place plastic or plywood about 4 inches high around the bottom edge of the cage to help prevent droppings from coming out the sides of the cage.
- Place a cat litter box with kitty litter in your rabbit cage if you intend to keep your rabbit inside your house and do not remove the tray from the bottom of the dog crate.
- Use newspaper in the bottom of the cage and aspen or pine bedding.
- Provide your rabbit with a stick to chew on to help keep its teeth worn down.
- Be sure that the bars are close enough together to prevent your rabbit from escaping.
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