X-pens are a series of eight connected 2-foot wide wire panels
that come in various heights, 24", 30" and 36" being
the most popular. X-pens, also called "puppy exercise pens",
can be set up any place you need them. Pens are cheaper than large
cages, easier to clean, and much more like a home than a wire cage,
which makes teaching house manners all that much easier. Keeping
rabbits in an x-pen doesn't mean your rabbits won't need to be out
to play for a minimum of 3-5 hours a day; and not everyone uses
this option: many people simply allow their rabbits free run in
the house, or at least the bunny-proofed rooms, all the time. Baby
gates are also useful to keep rabbits in one room (or OUT of a room!).
Industrial, indoor/outdoor or "office" type carpeting
(low weaves that bunny cannot chew) can be purchased at places
like Home Depot, and sea grass or maize mats (from Cost Plus)
make good flooring. No plastic or Astro Turf.
litter box big enough for bunny to lie down in, filled with bunny-safe
litter, which you as a dutiful friend will clean out once
a day, or every other day. Wonderful, large litter boxes can be
purchased inexpensively from Home Depot and like stores. They
are called "cement mixers" (as seen in pics below) and
are big enough to fill with litter and lots and lots of Zooh
hay, in which bunny can munch and dig and snooze.
and water containers (heavy ceramic or attachable bowls), toys
- and perhaps a box for bunny to hide in and chew upon.
x-pen is a great place to leave your bunny when you are gone for
the day, or for just a few hours. There is plenty of room for a
pair of bunnies to play and move about, plus plenty of room for
a litter box, toys and other necessities that make it a home.
you're home, simply open back one of the panels and out hop your
little friends. Here, Puck poses for the photographer before scooting
off to play in his KwikTube tunnel (Mousey is in the background).
Don't forget to slightly overlap and latch the panels when you close
the pen. We use a bungi cord for this.
(top) investigates something from her basket & Puck plays with
his Zooh BunnyBag. Note the
huge litter/hay box (a cement mixer from Home Depot).