Rabbit HabitatA rabbit habitat in the wild varies considerably from forests and meadows to open sagebrush or grasslands to dense thickets in the woods. The most important thing in the habitat of a rabbit is security and protection. Rabbits like to be in enclosed areas where they feel protected. Most rabbits in the wild will dig burrows or underground rooms connected by tunnels. This allows them to escape predators and the weather. During the summer time when it is hot outside the rabbit will spend much of its time underground where it is cooler. Rabbits will come out early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is low in the sky to graze on grass. During the winter rabbits will spend much of their time in their burrows to stay warm. Don’t forget that a rabbit habitat should also provide some open space or a place to run and stay healthy.
Understanding their natural habitat will help you in designing a rabbit habitat that helps your rabbits feel more comfortable and protected. This can simply be a box inside the cage that the rabbit can rest comfortably in or on top of. If you go this route you’ll find that your rabbit will spend a lot of time there. It also makes it easy to pick up and handle your rabbit. Rabbits also enjoy having a small hay rack that they can rest in. They are easy to make. I used an oven rack held at an angle so I could slip in a flake of hay from the top. More elaborate structures make it difficult to handle your rabbits and are more work to clean. To maintain the health of your rabbit you’ll have to maintain a clean rabbit habitat.
Place the cage either in an area where your rabbit will get accustomed to the traffic (without getting startled) or in an area that is always quiet and calm. Try talking out loud as you approach your rabbit to let it know you are in the area. It will become familiar with your voice and will be less likely to get startled. You can also easily enhance your rabbit habitat by placing some sticks or wood blocks (not painted, stained, glued, or strong smelling wood) in the cage for your rabbit to chew on. This helps maintain dental health for your rabbit.
By creating the right rabbit habitat you can ensure that you’ll have a healthy and happy rabbit for years to come.