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A Highly Sustainable Hobby

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.

Cleaning

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.

PeeGuard

This my friends, is the most cost effective pee guard

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….

ZZzzZZZzzzZZzzz…..

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Tim “The Rabbit & Tool Man” Taylor stikes again!

Rabbits in TLR are let loose on rotation for their daily runs. As of late, I have been really lazy to clean up after every run. Sometimes they tend to be a little cheeky and leave a lot of pee and poop for me to clean up. I finally stopped procrastinating and went ahead with what I love to do over the weekend – Rabbit DIY. This time I built an indoor Rabbit Run – limited apartment space. It is good to have a run so that I do not need to worry too much about pee and poop. Also, I do not need to worry about having my electrical cords chewed by these rascals.

I must mention that this design is inspired by Alicia of Pet Epicure and all those NIC panel peeps! Thank you!

Ingredients for a perfect rabbit run:

1) 3 big chloroplast board

2) 1 roll of cloth tape

3) 1 tube of clear sealant

4) Lotsa cable tie

5) Binding rings (I think so)

Step 1:

Lay all Chloroplast board side by side, tape them together, turn them around and apply sealant at joins.

Measuring to fit the puppy playpen

Measuring to fit the puppy playpen

Taping the bottom

Taping the bottom

Step 2:

Fold up the sides

Folding the sides

Folding the sides

Step 3:

Secure with cable ties (the tool man’s favorite!)

Cable ties are the best human creation!

Cable ties are the best human creation!

Step 4:

Apply sealant where pee matters! Wait out to dry!

Apply sealant at the corner where the rascals love to point and shoot!

Apply sealant at the corner where the rascals love to point and shoot!

Step 5:

Place the big a** pan where you want the run to be.

That's a major pan with an attitude!

That's a major pan with an attitude!

Step 6:

Put in the puppy play pen.

Finally found good use for this puppy play pen

Finally found good use for this puppy play pen

I am quite eager to take a photo with a bunny in it but I just have to wait out for the sealant to dry.

Step 7:

Secure sides with binding rings.

Binding rings are my favorites too!

Binding rings are my favorites too!

Just admit it, that has got to be one of the best DIY in a rabbit owner’s history right!? Please drop a comment to appreciate and don’t be shy to copy this – it’s dedicated to all the copy cats in the world (LOL!)!

There you have it, another great DIY project from TLR! Have a nice weekend and stop protesting!

P/S: Please pray for Truffles. He’s going for his castration tomorrow. New owners are awaiting for his safe return home next week! All bunnies paws together now!

Rabbits in TLR are let loose on rotation for their daily runs. As of late, I have been really lazy to clean up after every run. Sometimes they tend to be a little cheeky and leave a lot of pee and poop for me to clean up. I finally stopped procrastinating and went ahead with what I love to do over the weekend – Rabbit DIY. This time I built an indoor Rabbit Run – limited apartment space. It is good to have a run so that I do not need to worry too much about pee and poop. Also, I do not need to worry about having my electrical cords chewed by these rascals.

I must mention that this design is inspired by Alicia of Pet Epicure and all those NIC panel peeps! Thank you!

Ingredients for a perfect rabbit run:

1) 3 big chloroplast board

2) 1 roll of cloth tape

3) 1 tube of clear sealant

4) Lotsa cable tie

5) Binding rings (I think so)

Step 1:

Lay all Chloroplast board side by side, tape them together, turn them around and apply sealant at joins.

Measuring to fit the puppy playpen

Measuring to fit the puppy playpen

Taping the bottom

Taping the bottom

Step 2:

Fold up the sides

Folding the sides

Folding the sides

Step 3:

Secure with cable ties (the tool man’s favorite!)

Cable ties are the best human creation!

Cable ties are the best human creation!

Step 4:

Apply sealant where pee matters! Wait out to dry!

Apply sealant at the corner where the rascals love to point and shoot!

Apply sealant at the corner where the rascals love to point and shoot!

Step 5:

Place the big a** pan where you want the run to be.

That's a major pan with an attitude!

That's a major pan with an attitude!

Step 6:Put in the puppy play pen.

Finally found good use for this puppy play pen

Finally found good use for this puppy play pen

I am quite eager to take a photo with a bunny in it but I just have to wait out for the sealant to dry.
Step 7:

Secure sides with binding rings.

Binding rings are my favorites too!

Binding rings are my favorites too!

Just admit it, that has got to be one of the best DIY in a rabbit owner’s history right!? Please drop a comment to appreciate and don’t be shy to copy this – it’s dedicated to all the copy cats in the world (LOL!)!
There you have it, another great DIY project from TLR! Have a nice weekend and stop protesting!

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