Habitat Sweet Habitat: Rabbits

Setting up a habitat for your new rabbit? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing a Habitat

  • Rabbits are social, but unneutered males and females should not be allowed to play or live together.
  • Your rabbit needs a home with a solid floor; it should be large enough for a food dish, water bottle, hay manger, litter pan and a hiding house. There should be sufficient room for all cage accessories, and for your rabbit to move around freely.
  • An appropriate size cage should be large enough for a litter box area, a feeding area, and room to sleep and move around. The litter pan should be put into a corner of the cage away from food and water.
  • Minimum cage size is 30”x29”x18” and multi-level cages are preferred since they provide additional space for exercising. Multiple rabbits require a much larger cage.
  • Your rabbit’s home should be placed in a cool 65-75°F (18-24°C), low humidity area, out of direct sunlight.

Play and Hide

  • Your rabbit’s teeth never stop growing, so your pet needs lots of healthy things to chew on. Excellent choices are treat sticks and chews. Chew toys should be available at all times
  • A hide house is essential for your rabbit to feel secure.
  • When outside of their home, rabbits can enjoy exercise in a pen that corners off a section of a room. Be careful to remove all dangerous objects (e.g. electrical cords, houseplants, wood furniture).


  • Rabbits enjoy digging, so be sure to provide lots of clean bedding. Line the cage with a minimum of 3-4” (7-10cm) of bedding.
  • Cedar shavings are not recommended for small pets.
  • Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and completely changed every other week.

Shopping List

❏ Cage (minimum size 30”x29”x18”); multi-level homes are preferred
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Crock Food Dish/Gravity Feeder
❏ Hay Manger
❏ Hiding/Sleep House
❏ Tunnels/Tubes
❏ Treat Sticks
❏ Chew Toys
❏ Exercise Pen
❏ Fortified Rabbit Diet
❏ Hay (appropriate for age)
❏ Rabbit Treats
❏ Salt Wheel
❏ Bedding
❏ Litter Pan (triangular to fit in corner)

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