Best flooring for a rabbit cage?

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  1. Sep 20, 2018 #41

    Liung

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    So in the two bottom cupboards are litter boxes. I wanted to have the two sides symmetrical so that if I need to separate the two of them for any reason I can. I also wanted to do something like this litter/hay box combo that you can get on Etsy
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    It took a bit of doing to figure out how to make it fit in a cupboard but I did a box for the hay and then a platform box for the other side of the litter, for them to be able to get on the ramp to the next shelf.
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    Unfortunately the first night they got here, I didn't want to leave them in the tiny cage I'd brought overnight but neither did I have enough hay with me to completely fill the hay box. The holes in the box are more than large enough for Lahi to fit through, and overnight he decided the hay box was a wonderful place to hide in. I bought a new bag of hay the very next morning and Lahi has been furiously digging it out of the hay box ever since, wanting his hiding place back xD oops

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    As I mentioned before, the shelves are covered in clear vinyl to protect the wood (which has already come in handy, one of them must have hung their little butt over the corner of the litter box and managed to pee outside it), then a layer of EVA foam, covered in polar fleece. What I ended up doing is making almost pillowcases for the foam.
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    I got a roll of sew-on loop Velcro and a roll of stick-on hook Velcro and so now the fleece case is completely removeable and machine-washable.

    However I am noticing that while the fleece may be soft, soft doesn't equal traction, and I am noticing their feet slipping a bit as they walk across it. :/ the cotton mat I put in the centre later gave them more traction but it's not really soft and giving under their feet! ARGH I can't win!

    They do like the massive mirror I mounted on the wall of the centre cupboard.

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    For the room itself when they run around, I have a woven cotton rug I brought with me from the previous place after washing it thoroughly. I then also bought a woven jute rug to cover the rest of the floor. It's got lots of traction and is very safe if they were to chew on it, but I didn't foresee how uncomfortable it would be. The woven texture is hard and just uncomfortable for me to stand on, kneeling on it is completely out. They haven't shown a preference yet but I'm thinking it's going to get covered with another cotton rug.
     
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  2. Sep 21, 2018 #42

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    I use the Ikea Tanum rugs. My bun is a chewer but not interested in these for some reason, I just trimmed off the tassels in each corner. when I first got my bun this was the flooring of her cage and could easily be thrown in the laundry when needed. Now her cage is her litter box and she has a full bedroom when we aren’t home, and run of the house when we are home. Her room has linoleum flooring and a bunch of these rugs, though she spends most of her time on the window sill looking out or binkying on her bed (yes she has her own bed that was bought specifically for her ) the bed is untreated pine that she chewed a tiny bit at the beginning but isn’t really interested in (the baseboards have her heart i guess) on the bed we just have the cheapest ikea mattress we could find with a waterproof mattress protector, a patchwork quilt (king size, folded) and then a fleece blanket on top. As long as the fleece isn’t tucked in she’s content pushing it around and couldn’t be bothered with the quilt.

    Rug:
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    Bed:
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  3. Sep 21, 2018 #43

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    Wow @Scarly talk about spoilt!! What a lucky bun :)
     
  4. Oct 11, 2018 #44

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    I'm stuck on this again. I'm getting tired of my makeshift plastic shelf liner because it moves around so much and it's getting gross on the parts that I've taped. I'm also thinking about taking out most of the tile cause Bunster slips and slides on it.. although she's not afraid of it, but it also adds to the difficulty of cleaning cause things get stuck under the tiles X_X

    Bunster is not a chewer .. all the chew toys I've given her are left untouched.. except for the phonebook. She isn't spayed yet so she will have an accident here and there, so I'm still looking for something easy to clean and waterproof that would protect the carpet underneath, relatively large, and stable. Someone in Instagram mentioned they found gym mats at Tj Maxx?

    Also in her xpen the flat sheet is getting covered in Bunster hair..... x_____X
     
  5. Oct 11, 2018 #45

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    I used to use an offcut of lino before Poppy was free range - if you get one with sen texture it is easy to walk on, quite comfy (not too hard) and really good for cleaning up any accidents!
     
  6. Oct 12, 2018 #46

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    Your buns have the coolest set up!
     
  7. Oct 15, 2018 #47

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    My bunny has fleece and towels (mostly fleece) as he is not much of a chewer. Works well for us :) Really depends on your bunny though!
     
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    I use Dyson's as well - the only difference w/the animal is the attachments. HOWEVER, I've really had to rig mine by taking out the wand and using a small wand part upside down from another vacuum cleaner I had. I use a totally separate one especially for my rabbits because it does have an odor that I don't want in the rest of my home. I have gone through about 4 Dyson's however - I vacuum my rabbit area twice a day - now keep in mind I now have 5 rabbits in my rabbit room currently and have had up to 16 when I fostered so even a very expensive vacuum gets used more than a normal one of once a week.

    I do use a Dyson ball (hate the ball though) for the rest of my home and only for the areas other than the rabbit rooms - I prefer the regular Dyson rather than the ball for maneuvering.

    I tried a Bissell and it kept hitting me on the head because the vacuum tube thing was not long enough.
     

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