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Is a 4ft x 4ft cage okay?

I haven't had a rabbit since I was a child, but over the past few years I've been thinking about getting a pair if I'm ever in the right position The small breeds are the ones that really get me, especially mini lionheads, nethies and mini lops.

I know 6 x 2 ft is the absolute minimum for an indoor rabbit cage, with either a run or a lot of out-time. But is a 4ft x 4ft cage okay too? It's 4 square ft more than the minimum, but obviously not as long. For a larger breed, I could see why having less length would be a problem - they wouldn't be able to do many hops from one end to the other. But for a small breed with (I assume) a smaller "hop span" (is that even a thing?!) would 4 x 4 be okay for a pair?
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I usually actually recommend larger cages for small breed rabbits.

Yes, they are smaller physically, but smaller breeds like the ones you mentioned are usually actually more active than larger breeds tend to be. The general rule for rabbit cages though, is the bigger the better. Cages sold for rabbits in pet stores are almost always too small.

If you don't have a lot of floor space for a cage, what about looking into cages that have different levels? It will give the rabbits more space, without taking up more floor space. Most rabbits seem to enjoy the different levels. If you can't find a cage with levels that you like or that is the right size, you can look into building one with NIC panels. I don't have a website offhand, but if you don't know what I'm talking about try doing a web search for "Neat Idea Cube Cages".


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I usually actually recommend larger cages for small breed rabbits.

Yes, they are smaller physically, but smaller breeds like the ones you mentioned are usually actually more active than larger breeds tend to be. The general rule for rabbit cages though, is the bigger the better. Cages sold for rabbits in pet stores are almost always too small.

If you don't have a lot of floor space for a cage, what about looking into cages that have different levels? It will give the rabbits more space, without taking up more floor space. Most rabbits seem to enjoy the different levels. If you can't find a cage with levels that you like or that is the right size, you can look into building one with NIC panels. I don't have a website offhand, but if you don't know what I'm talking about try doing a web search for "Neat Idea Cube Cages".
It's not a commercial cage, it's homemade I was thinking of making it into a double-story cage if possible. I always try to go as big as possible, and 4 x 4 is bigger than 6 x 2, but what would be an "ideal" size for a pair in your opinion?
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