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Rabbits Getting a new bunny, & I need some information.

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Hi everyone, I will be getting one of my bunnies from a cousin of mine. She wasn't very smart and got her bunnies from someone on cragslist. They told her she had two females, well they lied. 6 months later she is now stuck with babies. I think there some kind of lop breed, quite large. After telling her I'd take in one, I started looking for a cage. I don't want an outdoor cage, as I'd like them to be indoors. After finding no suitable cages for a large rabbit (her female is 11lbs) I found C & C cages. I was hoping this forum could give me some guidance on what not to do/what to do. I am planning on building this cage : How To Build an Indoor Bunny Cage but 4 cubes up with a lid. It will also be 4 long instead, with 4 levels. For now, that it is a baby I won't be adding the 4 stories until she is litter trained. I already have found my supplies. Cubes: Stor Floor Standing 6-Cube Storage Unit - Tools - Garage Organization & Shelving - Storage Hooks (x2) the base will be heavy duty cardboard with shower curtain. Later on I will be getting coroplast if all goes well. the levels I will be using these dowels: 3 ft. x 1 in. American Basswood Square Dowel-8316U at The Home Depot with this plywood:7/16 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Pine Oriented Strand Board Plywood-151114 at The Home Depot
I will be using fleece, for the litter box I am going to be using the bottom of a store bought cage filled with hay/wood pellets (which type? I've heard they work really good) with a hay rack made of a cube. The food dish will be either: Super Pet Vege-T-Bowls - Bowls & Water Bottles - Small Pet - PetSmart (carrot or cabbage which is more suitable for one bunny?) or Stoneware Feeding Dish - Bowls & Water Bottles - Small Pet - PetSmart (which would be best?) Not sure on brand of pellets most likely getting them from Pet Supplies, Pet Accessories, and Many Pet Products | PetSmart don't worry about the hay, my dad is a farmer & I will have tons of timothy/grass hay for her. The water bottle will most likely be either Lixit 64 oz. Water Bottle - Bowls & Water Bottles - Small Pet - PetSmart (not sure, it's quite big but leaks even when I do the vacuum suction I have three of these) or All Living Things® Water Bottles for Small Animals - Bowls & Water Bottles - Small Pet - PetSmart (large) I absolutely love these Super Pet Large Ka-Bob Treat Dispensing Toy - Toys - Small Pet - PetSmart so I will be getting one of those. So anyway, is there anything else I need? I have the cardboard & the shower curtain (hot pink) I also have these that I ordered 6 Neon Pink Wire Cage Door Latches Bird Rabbit Dog Parts New Ferret Pigeon Bunny | eBay (hot pink) as well as lots of cable ties. The theme will be hot pink. The fabric is pink, white & black cheetah. If you have noticed I love pink & black, my whole room is that color. Including my neon pink walls :3 so it will all match.
 

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Good luck with your new bunny! Sounds like you have almost everything covered. For pellets, though, PetSmart brand probably won't be the best to get. As you are in the US, I can't really help with the best brands. Hopefully someone else can.
I would also be careful with the plastic bowls. Even if they are attached to the grids, she might still be able to pull them off. When we had plastic bowls, our buns even managed to chew tiny pieces off. Your bun might not, but my personal preference is ceramic crocks.
I love your cage theme! Those cage door latches look like exactly the kind of thing we need to close the doors of our buns new C&C!
When you get your rabbit, please show us all her and her new cage! Good luck. :)
 

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I googled kms rabbit pellets and a post stated they did not make them but the best high quality rabbit pellets are by Oxbow or sweet meadows, it seems a reasonable price too. Don't get thrown off by shipping a large bag. I thought about that yesterday when I ordered 25 lbs of kms timothy pellets from kms, shipping cost more than the pellets but over all I saved money by adding what I would pay for the same amount in bags from petsmart.

Boston Animal Food and Hay-Sweet Meadow Timothy Rabbit Pellets
 

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In my experience, it is far easier to rabbit proof a house than it is to build a cage strong enough to hold/challenge a bunny. Neither of my rex buns respect fencing. They both will just go where they please.
 

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Thank you all. Once I get home I will reply to you. I considered letting her go free range but I have 3 dogs & they are allowed in and out. It would also be hard to section off the doors as they are connected to the living & dining room which are very open. I thought about letting her around my room but it has tv's, desktop comp., & tons of cords and there are no possible ways of getting those off the ground. I will be taking her out for outside play time. I'm hoping to grown a large bin of grass so I can put that in her cage.
 

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As long as she gets plenty of floor time, not having her free range shouldn't be a problem. But, by a lot of floor time, I mean 5+ hours a day. She'll need an awful lot of exercise. :)
 

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I should be able to do that. I can corner off a section of the kitchen. How big would this need to be? Not sure what I can use, maybe an x pen
 

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Good luck with your new bunny! Sounds like you have almost everything covered. For pellets, though, PetSmart brand probably won't be the best to get. As you are in the US, I can't really help with the best brands. Hopefully someone else can.
I would also be careful with the plastic bowls. Even if they are attached to the grids, she might still be able to pull them off. When we had plastic bowls, our buns even managed to chew tiny pieces off. Your bun might not, but my personal preference is ceramic crocks.
I love your cage theme! Those cage door latches look like exactly the kind of thing we need to close the doors of our buns new C&C!
When you get your rabbit, please show us all her and her new cage! Good luck. :)


Thank you, I to like the ceramic bowls but am not completely sure on what I will be using. Don't worry, I'll post pictures once I get the stuff :)
 

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I googled kms rabbit pellets and a post stated they did not make them but the best high quality rabbit pellets are by Oxbow or sweet meadows, it seems a reasonable price too. Don't get thrown off by shipping a large bag. I thought about that yesterday when I ordered 25 lbs of kms timothy pellets from kms, shipping cost more than the pellets but over all I saved money by adding what I would pay for the same amount in bags from petsmart.

Boston Animal Food and Hay-Sweet Meadow Timothy Rabbit Pellets




Thank you! I will defiantly check that out, looks like a great deal, as usually I pay $15 for a 5lb bag.
 

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