I really need some ideas for a new cage/living quarters for my two medium sized buns, Mojave and Sonora. They are currently in a large dog crate and its not working out. I used to have them in an exercise pen with linoleum flooring but that set-up was too messy and they chewed the linoleum all the time. I'm having problems with the crate because it wasn't made for rabbits and they are able to rattle the bars like crazy. The floor is also a problem because its made of a hard plastic and its extremely loud when their claws scratch it. I've tried putting mats in there but they just chew them up or go to the bathroom on them.
They have ok
litterbox habits. They mean well, but they often hop in with their behinds sticking out and leave huge smelly puddles on the floor of the cage. Then they walk through the puddle and flick their paws. One time they flicked it in Mike's face and he was not happy! They are very active bunnies too and want to be out ALL the time. I let them out every day but they constantly rattle the bars, wanting to be let out again. They rattle them most of the night and in the early morning too when they want their breakfasts. Sonora is a dwarf mix and she is extremely fiesty and high energy. It seems like she rattles that cage non-stop!
Mike is totally fed up with them and its causing us to fight. He can't stand them making noise all the time and he hates the way they smell. It was probably a bad idea for me to get these buns while we were living in an apartment, but we had a better arrangement for them in our last apartment. I also thought they would be a lot less smelly and noisy. I love them so much and there is no way that I will ever give them up.
I know there has to be a cage out there that is less noisy and stays cleaner. If anyone has any ideas, plase help! Even if you don't have bunnies but have a good cage for your other small animal, please share! It has to be quite large because these guys need lots of room.
Oh, and I've tried putting them outside on our patio because its warm and really nice out there. They get scared and thump really loud, so thats not going to work.
Thanks for reading this LONG post!