Hutch (animal cage)
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Most hutches have a frame constructed of wood, including legs to keep the unit off the ground. The floor may be wood, wire mesh, or some combination of the two. Wire mesh is very bad for rabbits' feet and can cause sore hocks. One or more walls of the hutch are also wire mesh to allow for ventilation. Some hutches have built-in nest boxes and shingled roofs—these are generally intended to be placed directly outside rather than inside another shelter such as a barn. Some hutches have a felt roof. In any case it is important that the hutch is draft-free and provides a shelter in case the animal is scared and wants to retreat to a safe haven.
The generally accepted minimum hutch size is 10 square feet for a 4 kg medium sized breed. If the animal is very protective or even aggressive, this is generally a sign that the hutch is too small. However, it has in the past decade, become unacceptable for people who are more knowledgeable about rabbits' needs that they should live in a hutch of this size, or any small cage for that matter. Rabbits love to run and jump and need space. To live in a small hutch is a lonely sad life for any creature. For many animal rescues, now a predator safe run must be attached to, or contain the hutch; the run must be at least 10 ft x 6 ft with a run height of 3ft, or in metric, 3m x 2m and a run height of 1m. (Rabbit Welfare Association and Trust, 2018) Even more space to live in is better. For a rabbit to live indoors in a house is the best living arrangement for a family pet, in a rabbit safe (they chew dangling wires and other items like shoes and paper) room/rooms of the house. Rabbits are much more interesting than many people give them credit for, and are playful and loving pets and can easily be litterbox trained.
- Sentry, Rebbeca. "BestRabbitHutch.com". BestRabbitHutch.com.
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