How to Build A Rabbit Pen

This post is going to have a bit of a smaller niche. If you are a rabbit owner, or are becoming a rabbit owner, this is for you.

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I have a rabbit, who I spoil the heck out of. He has a big pen, lots of food and treats, and plenty of toys. The hardest part for me to figure out was his pen. A lot of people who have never owned a bunny might think a large enclosed cage is enough for a rabbit. That is very wrong. It might be enough for them to sleep in, but not to live in.

I didn’t know this when I first got him, but acted immediately when I figured it out. I was trying to figure out how to make him a pen big enough for him to run around in, since I don’t have much time to let him out.

If you also have this problem, here are three ways to make easy rabbit pens in a cheap way, slightly expensive way, and a bit more expensive way.

The Cheap Way:

What a lot of people make their cages out of are metal square grids linked together. These can be easily found on amazon, or you can use my link here. Depending on the size of the pen you want and how high you want it to be, you should consider getting a second pack if you want a big pen.

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Depending on the type of floor you have, you can either keep your floor bare or get a piece of plywood cut to the size you want the cage to be. Home Depot or Lowes is a convenient way to get the plywood, unless you know a different place to get wood. If your rabbit has a bad habit of chewing and you have carpet, I suggest using the wood.

Now you can keep the pen at just the sides, you will want higher walls if your bunny jumps out a lot and you don’t want him to, or you can add pedestals for your bun to sit on. Not only is this a good idea, so your bun can get more exercise, but you can make you pen a little smaller because it will be going up rather than out. If you are going to make a pedestal using the grids, make sure you have something solid so the bun’s feet don’t get stuck or hurt. Otherwise, you can use a plastic shelf or a wooden plank to attach.

You can shape your pen the way you want and add what you would like, accessory-wise. Here are some examples of a grid pen.

The Slightly Expensive Way:

The only change I have with this one it the type of walls you use. I still highly suggest using a wooden floor if you have a carpet.

This is the method I currently use for my bun and I plan to upgrade to the expensive soon, but this is great for a fast and easy set up. There are two types of walls you can use. The first is the one I use and I highly recommend it, if you don’t mind bending over. It’s plastic panels that link together and the panels end up so close your bun can’t get his teeth on the bar. The pen I used is in the link right here. They are really easy to set up, the only con of using these is there is no door so you either have to lean over or take one of the panels out, but it’s not that big on a deal. And they are high enough for the bun to not jump over.

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The second kind of wall you could use is a large dog pen, yeah that easy. Get on that can be used to keep a dog outside and may even have a door. A lot of them have doors near the top so your bun can jump out when you let him and you can step in easily to clean it. Here is a link to one of the cheaper ones I’ve found on Amazon. You can shape it how you want, it’s tall enough, and it has a door.

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The Expensive Way:

Now this is the one I plan on doing for my bun. This requires a bit of manual labor and it definitely the most expensive of the three. There are more extravagant ways to make this pen but this is a simple way to do it. This one requires wooden walls. For this you will need a plywood floor to nail to your walls. Figure out how big you want the pen and measure your wall and floor accordingly. Remember to make your floor slightly bigger than how big you want the pen so you can nail the walls to the floor.

With this method, you make your own door. You can either cut a part of your wall and put hinges on it, or you can make one of the walls a little smaller and use the metal girds to make a door. The second way is a little better for buns who like being able to see the world around them.

If you aren’t sure what kind of wood to get, go to your local hardware store and make sure they have plywood that is at least a ½ to ¾ inches. This will give enough room for the nails and it makes for sturdier walls. I also suggest making pedestals for the type of pen using extra plywood, but that it up to you.

Each of these methods are really simple and makes life easier on your bun so they don’t feel cramped. You can accessorize your pen how you want. Get a bigger litter box, a metal basket to hold your hay, the one linked can be used for either the grid pen or the wooden one. Get a gallon water jug bowl so you’re not constantly changing it (plus the slurping sounds are super cute).

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I hope this has helped anyone looking to build a pen. If you need any further instructions on specifics, like measurements, brands, or materials. You can check out my Pinterest which I will link here, it is also at the bottom of the site for inspiration and tips from fellow bloggers.

Thanks for reading guys!

My Favorite Animals

More Animals!

To continue this little trend of “things about me,” I wanted to share some of my favorite animals. These aren’t really conventional favorite animals and they’re a pretty weird mix, but I love every single one of them.

To start with, I absolutely love snakes. I think it stems from my Slytherin heritage. Who knows I might be the heir. But, I think snakes are very misunderstood creatures. They get such a bad rep but many of them aren’t as bad as people say. I want to get a few different types of snakes. Two that I really want are a banana python and a hognose. I think they are such beautiful creatures and hognoses are so cute with their little tipped nose. Another one that I want is, what I only know as a rainbow snake. They’re pythons that have holographic scales and they look like a rainbow when hit by the light. They are gorgeous snakes and if it had one I’d name it Lucky.

My second favorite are otters! Yes, those cute little fluffy sea teddy bears are my little loves. Every time I see one I immediately go into squealing fan-girl mode. They are the most adorable things I have ever seen and have you ever heard them speak? They literally squeak and it’s the best thing in the world. My dream is to swim in a pool with a bunch of otters and I am WAITING for that dream to come true.

Third favorite are bats. The cute little puppies on wings are also super misunderstood creature. They are so cute, yes even the ones with funky noses and wings. If anything they are even more cute because they are so unique and crazy looking. Fruit bats and flying foxes are some of the most well known because of their cute little faces, but we cant forget Honduran white bats, split-nose bats, vampire bats, and so many others that look crazy and adorable. I’ll be making a post about different types of bats and what they look like.

Next up are BUNNIES! These little furry assholes are my favorite because they are adorable af, and I can actually own one. Which I do, Cadbury, if you didn’t see my last Animal day post, is a lionhead/dwarf mix, meaning he has a little main of hair growing around his head, not much but it’s a decent amount. There are so many other types, I really want to get a mini lop, which is a rabbit that has ears that hang down rather than stand up. I think they’re the cutest cuz they look like the stuffed animals. I’ll also be making a post about bunny species and also how to care for one, if anyone was interested in getting one.

Last but certainly not least, is the wolf. Wolves have been my favorite animal for the longest time. They are majestic creatures and they have so many great qualities. I have a tattoo of a wolf and it’s one of my favorites. A wolf is also my Patronus, believe it or not, which was really cool to find out. I love wolves because they have such a family mentality and are built to be with other people and care for everyone in the pack, which I love because I am so close to my family.

I will be posting individual posts about each type of animal plus many more in weeks to come, and I’ll teach you guys different species, care routines for house pets, and much more.

Thanks for reading!

Meet My Pets

How should we start our first Animal Day? Maybe let you know a little about myself?

There are five animals I hold near and dear to my heart. They are my world, the reason I wake up in the morning, and also the biggest pains in my butt.

To start we have my big goof ball of a dog, Duke. There is no better way to describe him than a goof. He sits like a human and enjoys bananas. We’re not sure what breed he is. We got him thinking he was a Dane mix, but he has absolutely no Dane in him. We think he is part pitt, part Shephard, and a few other things. He is a big cuddle butt and plays like he’s the size of a yorkie. He loves the rest of my animals, though they may not like him very much. He’s such a good boy, though. Barely barks and makes everyone in the house happy.

The next up is my old boy Pi, he is my oldest cat, but he certainly doesn’t act like it. He loves to jump all over the place and lays out all cute begging for pets. Of course, you have to pet him in the right place or he’ll bite ya. We got him when he was four and already came with his odd little name, but we grew to love it because it came with cute nicknames like Cutie Pi, and Pi-Pi. I love my little old boy so much.

The middle girl is my big fat cat. Her name is Kassie. I’m not exactly sure what made her so fat. It might have been the either the excessive amount of treats or the utter lack of exercise, not really sure. She loves to cuddle, like a lot. She’ll sit on your chest and rub her face against yours until you pet her. She is the only cat I know who actually loves people getting in her face. And laying on her, I often use her as a pillow. She got her name after Castiel from the Supernatural TV show. She had the prettiest blue eyes when we got her as a kitten and they just reminded me of him.

My forth pet child is my little bunny whose name is, ironically, Cadbury. He is a little dwarf/lionhead mix and he’s very skittish. But he loves treats and pets. He also loves waking mommy up at three in the morning by making a lot of noises. He loves his big ball that I got him. He pushes it around and will play “toss” with me. He loves my cats though and often plays with them as well.

Last but definitely not least is my itty bitty kitten named Snickers. She is my little wide child. She never stops moving and won’t leave me the hell alone at night. But I love her just as much as the rest. She loves to cuddle with me at night by laying next to my head and purring until I fall asleep. She doesn’t play very nice with the rest of the animals, though. Mostly because they don’t want to play. But she loves the bunny the most, I think. She’ll sleep in his pen with him and it’s super cute. I’m so glad they bonded.

Well those are all of my pets, for now. My loving, dorky, goofy pets who are my absolute world.