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Before we look at the different housing options, you should understand that the more room your bunny has when she's confined, the better. You might think because a particular bunny is a dwarf, she doesn't need as much room as a larger bunny. Not true. Dwarfs have a lot of energy, and therefore, need plenty of room to move, roam and run. The cages you see at pet stores claiming to be for guinea pigs and dwarf rabbitsll for any rabbit, no matter what size.

Your bunny's housing will need plenty of room for a full-size litter box (consider having two if you have two bunnies, ) her hay box, her food bowl and either a water bowl or a water bottle. In addition, you'll want to make sure your bunny has plenty of entertainment, so she doesn't get bored when she's confined. (For an idea of the kind of toys bunnies love, read the section Exercise and Entertainment. nt her to have plenty of roomnot just enough room to turn around. Make sure her cage is at least four times her size.

There are many fun cage options your bunny will love: NIC condos and exercise pens are the most popular housing for bunnies who don't have free reign. Other options include large dog carriers, cages designed specifically for rabbits and hutches.

Since we don't have enough room to talk about them all in an email, let me confine myself to the best in my opinion - Neat Idea Cubes! (They're roomy, fun to put together, and reasonably inexpensive).

NIC Condos: NIC stands for Neat Idea Cubes. Neat Idea Cubes are wire flats you can put together to make cubes and bunny condos. It's a wonderful alternative to a cage, and it's much cheaper.

NIC condos are very easy to put together, but it is a very time consuming process. (If you make one, let your bunny watch you. She'll love to sniff and investigate what you're doing. ) If you want to make a condo for your bunny, you first want to determine how big you want it to be. How many floors? Let's say you decide to make a four-floor condo for your bunny. Here's what you'll need to get started:

* You'll need packages of Neat Idea Cubes (assuming they come eight in a package) because you'll need at least 47 pieces to build the condo. You can get the Neat Idea Cubes from places like Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, and you can check with Home Improvement and Lowe's.

* One package (you may find you need more) of cable ties.

* A pair of scissors

Then, just do a search on the internet (we like Google) for “Neat Idea Cubes Articles" and you'll find about a half dozen sites with step by step instructions.

Rabbit Care Secrets You can get the book here: http://www.rabbitsecrets.com/R.htm is the book with literally hundreds of “word of mouth" tips and tricks - secrets which are next to impossible to find in books and pet stores. This is the gold which only comes from years and years of hands on experience. . .including all the hard to find Rabbit information people just can't locate with internet searches or trips to the library!

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