NEW YORK — For the outdoor bunny cages that will house your furry friends and neighbors, you’ll need a lot of space.
That’s the conclusion of a recent survey of outdoor rabbit cages from a leading outdoor rabbit-catcher, the Outdoor Bunny Care Center.
The survey found that the most popular indoor rabbit cages are ones with a “smaller footprint, with a lot less space for a cat to run around,” said Paul Fosnich, president of the organization.
“That’s a good thing.”
Fosnch said his goal is to make indoor rabbit shelters as small as possible, but not too small as to be a pet waste dump.
He said he thinks the majority of the cages are for indoor cats that need to be confined indoors.
The cages also don’t have to be large, because cats need a space to move around in, and smaller is better.
The outdoor cages are ideal for cats that aren’t particularly active outdoors, but don’t want to move outside, Fosbich said.
A rabbit can get a lot out of living in a cage outdoors.
For instance, a cat can enjoy a warm, sunny day in a large outdoor cage.
That also means a cat doesn’t have the risk of getting heat stroke from the heat of the sun.
But if a cat does get overheated, the outdoor cage can keep the cat in an enclosed space until help arrives.
For outdoor rabbits, a large cage makes for more comfortable living conditions, Fisnich said, but it’s not ideal for small cats.
Outdoor rabbits can’t stand to have their back paws on the wall or their paws on a railing, which can make them fall into the water.
And the cage also makes it harder for cats to get away from their owners, Fusnich added.
Some people want to have outdoor rabbit housing indoors.
But the majority do not want to live in a tiny, cramped, enclosed space with a cat in it, Finsnich told NBC News.
“You’re trying to get a pet out of a box,” he said.
The cages have to have a lot more space than a small cat cage does, he said, so they have to give the cats a lot to move about in.
If the cages don’t fit the cat, the cats can’t get away.
“So, they have a small amount of space for them to go and explore,” Foslich said of the outdoor cages.
“But you have to make sure the cage is as small and as compact as possible.”
If you have a pet with a medical condition that requires you to stay indoors, Fsnich advises that you try to find a pet home for the cat that can stay in the cage.
“They’ll be happier there, and you’ll be happy there, too,” he added.