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Last Post by kamdynandsunshinesmom at 5/09/2012 7:22 AM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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5/08/2012 7:38 AM

Hi all. Since school is now out and I need to get some sort of 8hr/day job, I've been wondering what to do with Cinnabun. Normally, when school is in session and I have to be on campus for no more than 2 hours, she goes into her nice sized cage. Her Xpen is attached to her cage and I used to leave her out in that all day until I discovered she was jumping on top of her cage and then on to my desk (and eating my computer wires) when I wasn't home. For the few hours that I am in class, leaving her in her cage isn't a big deal but for an 8 hour job, I really (really really really really) don't want to do that. I've been thinking of some sort of top for the Xpen, like a sheet with clothespins that prevent her from jumping on top of the cage and then out. Here are a few issues: 1) how likely is it that she'll be able to jump on top of the sheet? 2) Should the clothespins be outside the Xpen so that she can't chew on them/release them? 3) Now that it's summer will covering part of her pen be hotter? The AC vent is above the area that would not be covered but I worry that if she goes into her cage, it will be too hot in there. 

Some specifics: Her Xpen is about 2 feet high. She can't get out of it unless she jumps on top her cage. 

Any suggestions?? Thanks all. 

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User is Offline Sarita
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5/08/2012 8:18 AM
Can you just put her in the x-pen and take the cage away?

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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5/08/2012 8:37 AM
That is definitely an option at this point. Though, honestly it just occurred to me after you said it since she generally likes her cage, likes to nap in there.
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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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5/08/2012 12:56 PM
I don't have an xpen, but I used to have basically the NIC cube equivalent attached to a large dog crate. I took an old bedsheet, cut it to size, and made a canopy for the "roof" of the xpen. Worked like a charm for Zeus, he just needed the visual of "hey, this is blocked up here, you can't jump out" to stop trying. If you have a crafty bun or an escape artist you might want something sturdier.
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User is Offline mocha200
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5/08/2012 3:39 PM
I would take the cage out and give her a nice hidey house for her. Make sure it has two doors though (rabbits like escape routes).
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User is Offline KytKattin
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5/08/2012 6:24 PM
Can you take the top off of the cage? Is it one of those that has a pan on the bottom? That is what my mom has for her rabbit. Just the plastic pan part. She keeps the hay and food in there so it is easier to clean up.

Though the sheet is a decent idea as well. That is what I use when I set up an x-pen for the bunnies outside. It isn't predator proof of course, but it is in an already fenced yard and the main purpose is to keep them out of sight of birds of prey and for a little shade.
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User is Offline Freyja
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5/09/2012 4:38 AM
You can buy mesh covers for xpens on eBay or amazon, the ones I've seen are some sort of canvas on one half and mesh the other so they have shade, they usually have clips that stretch over the sides so they fit a variety of sized pens, have you seen them?

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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5/09/2012 5:03 AM
Thanks everyone! I've been doing all kinds of online shopping for supplies her new living area. Hopefully it will come together really soon.
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User is Offline kamdynandsunshinesmom
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5/09/2012 7:22 AM
I used a fitted sheet when I had an xpen and used cloths pinned and pinned it to the top the cloths pins should be outside of the xpen.
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