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I'm going shopping today to hopefully get everything I need to build my new habitat idea. I have been keeping them both in these store bought cages that I got free with them(don't worry, they get free range of my living room whenever I'm home). I have an xpen, so basically I'm hoping to attach the xpen to both of the cages and use that as their habitat.
I already have everything figured out on how to construct it(hopefully I can find some coroplast-the only thing I'm not sure about).
Here's a quick pic of how things are now with their cages:
I have towels and their little houses on one side and some litter on the other with their food and such. My question is about how redoing their cages may affect them. I plan on putting a litter box in the xpen area that I will attach, but I also want to leave some litter in a cage. I guess my question is would it be a big problem if I just put litter in one of the cages? Or should I leave the cages as they are now until they get used to the new habitat? I'm just trying to figure out how to set it up to make it the easiest to clean for me. Would putting one house outside the cages make them mad or anything? They lay on top of them all the time when they're in the cages, but there's not much room in those little things. I'm kind of thinking of putting the litter in one cage and a house and toys in the other. Put a little hay in each.
Another question: I plan on buying new bowls for them today. Can I buy just one for their pellets or should I keep 2 in their home?
I just need some help brainstorming.
Posted By RabbitPam on 11/20/2012 05:40 AM
Sorry we didn't catch your post the other day, so I want to pick my brains for you now. How did the shopping go?
Looking at your set up here, I think it would be ideal to just attach the xpen to the 2 cages with it and have a nice, big area for them. You don't want any litter anywhere but in the actual litter pans. But it looks like each bunny is used to their own house, so you can work with that. I would keep one litter pan in each small cage where they can each use their own. You can put the dishes out in the xpen if they eat and share well together. But if you're worried about one eating all the pellets and not sharing, put a small pellet dish inside each cage so they can go in their own for pellets and pee. One may attempt to eat the others' pellets, but the cages have their own scent, and you can shoo one out of the wrong pellet dish. (The thief). You may find that each one opts to sleep in their own cage as well, since they like to feel safe and cozy while sleeping, which can happen within their familiar cage. Or they'll decide to snuggle to sleep together in a space they choose.
Otherwise, let them arrange and explore the larger area of the attached xpen. Move their toys out so they can play together or separately. If they seem to want cover there, you can put a new, larger cardboard box for them to snuggle under. Or get a Tunnel from the BB store where they can run through it or hide and snuggle inside it. I think you're on the right track with your ideas and I want to see what you come up with!
Thanks for the reply! I did actually get it all set up on Saturday night and they appear to love it so far. I've kept the cages as is for now. Honestly I don't think they've used the litter box I put in the xpen. They've eaten the hay and Mum's loves to lay in litter boxes. haha. They've just been going in their litter in the cages. Mumbles seems to like to lay out and relax in the xpen, but Stitch still appears to be sleeping on top of his house in his cage. It's kind of hard to tell because when I'm home, I let them out to run free. I usually catch Stitch still in his cage when I wake up. lol. Stitch is a bit more food happy. Mumbles doesn't really eat treats that I give him and he doesn't eat his food right away. Stitch doesn't hog it all though. He'll just randomly steal some bites from Mum's bowl. I haven't seen them fight at all. I'll probably leave the food separate for a while. I don't actually have a litter pan in the cages because it's so small, but I did buy a tiny litter pan that I might try putting it in one of them and see how it goes. It's about the size of the area they have for litter in the cages.
Here are a couple bad pics I took on Saturday night.
Oh yeah, I bought a big area rug to put on the bottom and cut holes in it to zip tie the bottom of the xpen, so it doesn't move. They've kind of dug at the blanket, but they haven't touching the rug yet. It's a blanket they know too. I did wash it because it was all smelly because they were not litter trained when I first let them have it. lol.
Posted By RabbitPam on 11/21/2012 06:58 AM
That looks great!
Regarding litter pans, I know they like to lie in them, but as long as you put litter or something like it on the cage bottoms, they won't litter pan train. It really is better for them as well as you to get them to learn to use a contained litter pan. Instead of small ones, try larger ones that make lying in them fun too. It's not bad for them to hang out in one.
It really looks fun now, and they look cute and happy in your pix.
They have a litter pan that they go in elsewhere in my living room. It's in a corner that they love when they are able to run out and about. Mumbles loves laying in it, which is why I thought I should add a box to the pen too, so they won't be going on the floor in the pen. I haven't caught them laying in the litter box in the pen, but I feel like they probably do when I'm gone. The hay is always flattened when I get home, which I just realized. lol. I still haven't noticed any droppings in it though. I might try putting the small litter pan I bought into one cage and see how it goes.