How to keep a rabbit in an Apartment
Preparing for a rabbit
Apartments can be small, sometimes too small for a dog or a cat. But rabbits make loveable little indoor pets. Full of spirit and personality these little cuties will keep you on your feet!
Whilst rabbits do still need a lot of space, they aren’t opposed to vertical movement through cardboard castles and cages!
Before simply going and getting one, you definitely need to do your research, I highly suggest checking out our post Are you ready for a rabbit?
Housing your rabbit
This is quite possibly one of the most important factors as your rabbit will spend a lot of time at the start in it’s caged area whilst it’s getting familiar with its surroundings and having you as parents.
Rabbits are very social creatures, so you’ll want to place their housing somewhere that they can roam somewhat freely with room to expand and a place to hide away.
We keep ourselves in view for Link constantly when we are in any room other than our bedroom, this means he is constantly comfortable with the on-goings of the flat.
You can’t communicate with a rabbit like you do a person, so getting them familiar with their surroundings is crucial.
Your rabbit will need a lot of social interaction, a lot of exercise and activities which will work their little brains.
How much does a rabbit cost?
With less room in your apartment in comparison to a house, keeping a rabbit entertained can come at a higher cost. Owning a pet rabbit tends to cost quite a lot of money per month, with the initial cost which can be anywhere from £40 – £70, you still need to purchase food, housing and rabbit-proofing goods.
The most expensive part of a rabbit is the initial adoption cost, the cages, food and toys but following on from there. Vetinary bills and insurance (Which we highly suggest getting).
We tend to suggest neutering/spaying early on if you can, this does come with some risks but in the long term this can be healthier and safer for your rabbit.
Entertaining my rabbit & Enrichment
Rabbits are cheeky, they dig your carpet, bite furniture and ruin everything you leave on the floor. You will need to do what is referred to as Bunny Proofing as an additional level of enrichment.
We tend to create little tents and castles for our rabbit as it allows him to chew the sites and stop getting bored.
You can also look into making a dig box, they’re inexpensive and provide hours of fun for your furry friend.
Alternatively you can give them old phone books, sheets of cardboard or paper and putting pellets inside toilet paper rolls and folding in the edges.
We have a list of toys & goodies we have tested with Link which you may wish to look at! We only go for toys which are safe and provide many hours of entertainment!
Litter Box training
This comes with time, definitely expect wet patches and lot of rabbit poo in your flat/apartment. In most cases, if you have a rescue rabbit they should have a fairly basic understanding of how to use a litter box.
Rabbits like to keep their toilet habbits in a corner next to a hay distributor so that they can eat and keep content whilst doing their business!
I would highly suggest not having a cage bottom toilet either, cat litter boxes are fantastic for your rabbit.
These habits are easily forgotten though, especially when there is a new environment. The easiest area here is simply to have various litter boxes scattered about and whenever you see some rabbit poop, move it into the litter box.
Rabbits are smart enough to pick this up in time, so persistence and consistency are key. There’s a lot of litter box contents that are bad for rabbits, so I highly suggest reading our guide on Litter Box set up.
It can take anywhere from a week to a few months to fully train a rabbit to use their litter box, you may need to move this from one place to another whilst they tell you their favourite places to use the toilet.
Rabbit nutrition is very important when it comes to feeding them throughout their life. It can be as specific as the right portion sizes, the types of foods, if your rabbit has hay allergies, if someone in your apartment has hay allergies and how much grass hay they should have (Unlimited).
One of the more common mistakes new rabbit owners make, ourselves included was feeding the wrong portion size of pellets.
When you expand your rabbits socialising areas and run areas you will be quick to find that they can ruin everything in sight. Bunny proofing is definitely crucial, I can’t tell you how many bare spots we have in our carpet now thanks to Link.
Safeguarding is crucial for your rabbit, especially when left unsupervised for exercise. Rabbits can be super curious and will rip anything in the way of their goal, whether this is wires, piping, your rugs, computer cables and more.
Children and your rabbit
I cannot stress this enough, rabbits are not a beginner pet, they aren’t suitable for younger children. A rabbit can live longer than 10 year old, so this should be something your entire family can commit to.
People grow up and commitments can change, but the rabbit will always need love and a safe Apartment/Flat/Home.
Link says to do your research before getting a little bun! You can email us or contact us on Facebook to get his advice on if you need anything. It’s very easy to get caught up in the idea of getting a new little friend.
But you definitely need to weigh the pros and cons.
If you’re confident that you can look after and love a living creature consistantly, then a rabbit is definitely a great little pet for your apartment.
We always suggest getting a rabbit from shelter / adoption rather than a breeder or pet store, there are plenty of rabbits out there who need a new loving home.