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MerrihewBun

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We are new rabbit owners and wanted to get your advice on our setup.

We took off the ramp today because he was always jumping up/down levels anyways. Now it gives him a little more space to play around. Is this okay?

Should we put anything else down besides grass mats?
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Congrats on your new rabbit and welcome to the forum!

You had a good idea in taking out the ramp. They serve no purpose other than to take up space.

The grass mats are a great idea to have down and will help keep him from slipping on the plastic surface. The hay ball is really meant just for fun but should not be the primary way to offer hay. It simply doesn't hold enough hay and is not so easy for rabbit to get all the hay he needs. You want him to eat about his body size in hay every day. You can get a large hay rack or simply put handfuls of hay directly on top of the litter in his litter box. Appropriate hay racks (if you choose that option) can be seen at this link:

He looks young still (and is quite adorable!). As he gets older, you'll want to convert the cage to make it large enough for him. It is rather small but is fine for now. The following link has ideas and ways to make such a cage more usable. In a few short months, bunny will be adult. The whole page is relevant, but the bottom discusses how to make such a cage more usable for an adult rabbit.
 

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Thank you! He is a dwarf, around 4 months old so he shouldn’t be getting too much bigger.... right? 😬
But we do let him out to hop around the house for a couple hours a day to play with us.
 

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They're considered full grown at around 6-7 months, so probably not much bigger. It's good he gets some play time. Dwarf rabbits tend to be high in energy though. A couple hours isn't much time if he spends the rest of the time in such a small cage. The link on housing options (my website) explains in more detail. 😊
 

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Do you have access to cotton sheets at a thrift store?

- It's good to see you limit the bedding pellets or litter pan bedding to just the litter pan instead of covering the entire bottom of his small caging unit.

You might consider adding a cotton sheet folded to fit his caging unit, and provide the chewable Oxbow? mats in a separate area.

BlueEyes has an excellent website! With his small caging unit it's good to know he has options to play and get exercise outside of his tiny housing unit until he's neutered, and learns excellent litter box habits with hay placed by his litter box, and you can eventually expand his space with an exercise pen! - I understand that you'd want to monitor any inkling to chew on indigestible fiber or material to prevent a blockage.
 

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Is tissue paper or plain no-ink newspaper (packing paper) indigestible? I was thinking of balling some up to put a 'blockage' in the bunnies tunnel so they could entertain themselves by digging a way out.
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Is tissue paper or plain no-ink newspaper (packing paper) indigestible? I was thinking of balling some up to put a 'blockage' in the bunnies tunnel so they could entertain themselves by digging a way out.
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It's OK if they just shred it but eating large amounts of any non-food item is dangerous.
 

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So, the bunnies can play with the tissue/plain packing paper but they MUST be supervised so it can be taken away if they begin to eat this.
Got it!
Thanks!
 

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