Major spring cleaning is a yearly affair at Tru-Luv Rabbitry. Today was such a productive day as I spent a few hours not only cleaning the rabbitry but also perform minor maintenance work on the cages. Then the thought of cost came into mind. Not that I am particular in spending on my beloved rabbits but I was thinking how I can help fellow rabbit owners out there to save some monies while enjoying this wonderful hobby.
Recently, PetFinder.com published a very good article entitled 10 Reasons Rescued Rabbits Rules. I have to concur that rabbits are one of the easiest animals anyone can have as pets.
However, with the rising cost of living, a rabbit can be wise choice for those seeking to own a pet without missing out on most of the benefits other common pets like cats or dogs have to offer. Throughout the years, my observation is that there is a direct correlation between rising cost and number of abandoned pet animals. I feel that if we are prudent in our spendings and with good financial planning and prioritizing, we do not have to make the awful choice of giving up our pets.
In hope that we do not see a rise in abandoned rabbits here in Malaysia, I am going to share some tips how to keep expenses low for fellow rabbit owners.
I believe most rabbit owners use the 6304 Cage that measures 24 in. x 18in. x 20 in. This cage is by far the best rabbit cage in terms of cost and effectiveness. It truly serve its purpose way better than any other fancy rabbit cages. It is easy to clean, a good size for a dwarf breed rabbit and with minimum modification, provide a very comfortable home for its inhabitant. The only drawback one will find in this cage is that the gaps between the wire at the bottom of the cage seemed to be a little too far apart. There is a very good solution that I use to solve this issue – by enforcing the bottom of the tray with “coated” wire mesh purchased from the hardware shop.
Every year during spring cleaning, I sanitize the cages especially the bottom and clear it from all calcium build up and residue and at the same time, change the wire mesh. To change the wire mesh for 4 cages today, I only needed to purchase 4 feet of wire mesh from the hardware store that cost RM14 (RM3.50 per feet). I also bought a bag of cable tie at RM5. It could be cheaper but RM19 a year for 4 cages is very reasonable in my opinion.
Yearly Cage Maintenance
I first cut out a wire mesh measuring 22 in x 16 in. Removed the old wire mesh and clean out the cage. Then I place the new wire mesh into the cage and secure it with cable ties.
The Most Cost Effective Pee Guard
In the past I have used pee guards made of metal plates which can be a hazard to bunnies that like to chew – there has been incidents of bunnies injuring their lips. The metal plate pee guards that are placed inside the cage (instead of outside) reduces the size of the cages making the cages too small for the rabbits.
On the other hand, this DIY Pee Guard is less invasive as well as cost effective. For the past three (3) years, I have been using this wonderful idea made possible by just chloroplast board and cable ties. All you have to do is buy a piece of chloroplast board that is larger than the bottom of cage (24 in. x 18 in.). Fold the sides and secure them using cable ties.
This particular DIY Pee Guard was made 3 years ago and it is still in good condition. It is very easy to clean and highly reusable. If you are wondering where to get chloroplast boards, one of the places you can find them is Popular Bookstore. And the good thing about chloroplast boards is that they come in different colours and you will most probably find a colour that you like. 🙂
I hope this post has been informative and useful for you.
Time for me to take a nap….
2 responses to “A Highly Sustainable Hobby”
Thank you for the article. I found the pee guard a very practical idea and would surely try to apply it. Just gotten a small rabbit as a gift and having no prior experience how to manage one,your site is quite a lifesaver. =)
I am a new bunny owner and thought about using corrugated plastic to make my own pee guard, your blog was very helpful in confirming my idea, thank you!