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Last Post by Estecca at 5/23/2012 4:12 PM (13 Replies)
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User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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5/18/2012 5:17 PM

I just moved Lola's cage back inside my small 1 bedroom apartment..but in here she doesn't have her own space, just her cage. If you have an apartment bunny, how do you give it it's 'space'? 


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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5/18/2012 5:32 PM
Her cage is her space I'm assuming the door is always open?

User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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5/18/2012 5:43 PM
It's not always open right now, we're still working on wire biting and she always finds small holes under my dish washer. lol, So once I've bunny proofed thoroughly and train her more, she can get out always. She is out when I'm home though.

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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5/18/2012 5:45 PM
My 2 1/2 year old Chacha bun is currently free range in the 1,065 square foot apartment that I share with my Dad. I have a 3 story condo built for her, and the door is always open at all times. All of the wires (tv wires, computer wires, electronic wires) are rabbit proofed using Neat Idea Cubes and zip ties. I worked my way up to allowing my bun to be free range, but it is not for every bun, and takes a lot of patience.

I am not saying to go free range (it does not work for everybunny), but it is definitely possible to have an apartment bunny! In fact, rabbits do really good in apartments. A lot of people have doggy exercise pens for their apartment dwelling rabbits and the buns do well!
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User is Offline Huckleberry
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5/18/2012 5:46 PM
Let your bunny's cage be its personal space, its home. If your bunny is already litter trained you can start to introduce him/her to the rest of the apartment for supervised play times. Be sure to remove any plants that could be harmful, pick up anything you don't want chewed on, cover any exposed cords or block your bun from getting to them and be prepared for you bun to leave some marking poos around in some of the corners. Rabbits can get into places and climb up to places you would never expect so dont leave him/her unattended until you are sure your bun will be safe on its own. Good luck!

User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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5/18/2012 5:54 PM
Posted By Huckleberry on 05/18/2012 08:46 PM
Let your bunny's cage be its personal space, its home. If your bunny is already litter trained you can start to introduce him/her to the rest of the apartment for supervised play times. Be sure to remove any plants that could be harmful, pick up anything you don't want chewed on, cover any exposed cords or block your bun from getting to them and be prepared for you bun to leave some marking poos around in some of the corners. Rabbits can get into places and climb up to places you would never expect so dont leave him/her unattended until you are sure your bun will be safe on its own. Good luck!


She always is free when I'm home, I just need to figure out how to hide the wires and one hole that leads to under the dishwasher lol. We have most hidden, the big one out open is for the fish tank..it's in the middle of the room so there isn't much to do with it.


User is Online Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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5/18/2012 10:35 PM
You can buy cord covers, or even plumbers tubing at a hardware store to cover cords with. Having the thick tubing over cords makes them much harder to chew. To block off the dishwasher holes, maybe find a little scrap piece of wood or something to stick int here to make it inaccessible

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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5/19/2012 9:19 AM
I've always lived in apartments with my bunnies and I have had to bunny proof them, with off-limit spaces as well. Their habitat is their house. Cage or xpen with litter pan and covered hidiing place, food, etc. They don't view it as a cage, rather as their safe room. I only let them out when I was home. My bedroom was usually off limits since getting a bunny out from under a bed just before work was a challenge. I put NIC cubes across openings that were forbidden until they got too big for the crawl space. Example: front of living room couch. Eventually I stuffed things like sleeping bags under the couch so it just got to full of padding to get under and go anywhere. I provided toys like tunnels and baskets for them to play in outside the cage. I used nic cubes to block off my computer space and wires all at once.
You could have a piece of untreated wood or acrylic cut to size to block under the dishwasher (wood might mold) and tape it so your bunny can't squeeze through the ends.
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User is Offline angelicvampyre
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5/19/2012 8:25 PM
I am lucky Rufus dose not chew due to his teeth, he also loves the great outdoors and only comes in for meals and if it is raining and I am yelling at him (even then sometimes I have to go get him)
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User is Offline Hunny's Momma
Beautiful New England
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5/20/2012 4:03 PM

I also have a apartment bunny & she's also a Flemish -

This is her room (4' x 6') which is open when we're home & awake -

 

 

She also has run of the diningroom & kitchen (but she don't like the slippery floor so she chooses not to go in there) & just graduated to the area behind the couch... There's a window at the other end of the couch... I'm looking to get a set of pet steps or a bench so she can look out the window...

 

 

Once she's spay (5/30) & hopefully done with the "marking her territory" business she'll slowly we introduced to the area in front of the couch...

 

 

 


User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
Illinois
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5/22/2012 6:49 AM
Zeus lives in my itty bitty studio apartment with me, my mum, my guinea pig, my hamster and gerbil (although he never sees the hammie or the gerbil, they're up on a counter). He has a large cage that is his habitat, and he's locked in when no one is home or when we're sleeping. Otherwise he has run of the apartment. He pretty much goes wherever I go. If I'm in the living room, so is he. If I'm in the kitchen, he follows. If I'm in the bathroom, he's in the bathroom.
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She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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5/23/2012 6:27 AM
lol bunnnnie! I love that he follows you into the bathroom. Bunjamin's done that a few times but he hates the sound of the toilet and shower so he never stays . My bunny is a "condo bunny" but its basically the same thing. Basically I would start slow on the introducing new room and make sure cords are protected (which doesn't stop them completely just slows them down fyi), nic grid off areas you don't want her to go and cover hole in dishwasher. Also make sure you have plenty of toys and hay. And you might even want to add another litterbox when she gets lots of free time and might not feel like going all the way to her cage. Most of the time in the beginning you still have to watch them after you bunny proof everything because they always find a hole in your plan.

User is Offline peppypoo
Texas
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5/23/2012 2:15 PM
I live in a 550 sq foot apartment, and Peppy has a 5'x7' pen in a corner where she stays when I'm not home - that's "her space". Otherwise, she has run of the entire place (minus the kitchen and bathroom).
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User is Offline Estecca
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5/23/2012 4:12 PM
I keep my dwarf bunny in an x-pen in the living room of my apartment, but when I'm home I put up a baby gate in the hall so he gets free run of the sizable living room, which is bunny-proofed. You could get a baby gate to block off the kitchen.
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