Thursday, 9 February 2017

How to Choose The Best Cheap Rabbit Cage in 2017

In my previous blog post, I had spoken briefly about the best cheap rabbit cages. The word cheap is actually a misnomer that I hate using with anything. Inexpensive or budget priced are much better terms to describe products with a pocket-friendly price tag.

Also, a cheap price tag is subjective. What may be a cheap rabbit cage for me may sound expensive to you and vice-a-versa.

So, I have kept $60 as the upper price limit while finding the best cheap rabbit cages and $25 at the lower end.

Here are my picks based on their quality, customer ratings, size and features:

  1. Ware Manufacturing Home Sweet Home Pet Cage
  2. Miller Manufacturing Rabbit Cage
  3. Miller Manufacturing Pop Up Rabbit Cages
  4. Living World Deluxe Habitat
  5. Super Pet My First Home Cage for Rabbits

The biggest doubt that most people have while opting for an inexpensive pet product is whether it is poorly made. Sadly, when it comes to rabbit cages, cheap usually translates into poor quality.

Wires that bend too easily, can be chewed through, cages with sharp protruding edges on the inside, comfort shelves that give away under the weight of the rabbit, roofs that would collapse at the slightest impact, I have seen all sorts of design flaws while researching good quality rabbit cages that don’t cost a bomb.

There’s a lot of clutter in the market and I had to spend days finding a handful of products that had a low price tag without compromising on quality.

Are These Cheap Rabbit Cages the Right Choice For Me?

Having lived with four amazing bunnies in the past few years, I have had first hand exposure to a lot of rabbit products. Some, I have used myself. Others have been used by my friends who also have rabbits as pets.

I also spoke to customers on online pet forums who have used some of these rabbit cages.

Based on my research, I’d like to clear some facts and bust some myths before we begin.

In many scenarios, one of these cheap cages will be a great choice for you. For example, if you have baby rabbits or guinea pigs that are looking for a temporary cage for a transitional phase or if you have a rogue rabbit that prefers to live solitary or if you are unsure whether a rabbit is the right choice of a pet for you and you are looking for a budget priced indoor cage.

Those are just some of the possible situations that I could think of. Even if none of these apply to you and you prefer not to spend too much on a rabbit cage, go ahead and pick one of these. These are a lot more likely to last longer as compared to other low priced models in the market.

The Best Cheap Rabbit Cages Available on The Market

Below you’ll find my five top selections.

#1 – Ware Manufacturing Home Sweet Home Pet Cage

My first pick is the Home Sweet Home Pet Cage from Ware Manufacturing that boasts of a price tag under $30. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the price tag has anything to do with the quality.

Ware Manufacturing Home Sweet Home Pet Cage for Small Animals

This is a very good quality rabbit cage for the price. It has a two piece design with a durable plastic base and a wire frame cage that connects to the base with clamps. The cage is 24 inches long and 14 inches wide which make it perfect for one adult large sized rabbit or two dwarfs. You can easily add a litter pan in the corner and there’d still be enough room for the rabbit.

The wire frame is chew proof and there are no sharp edges on the inside that can hurt your pet. Unlike cages which have a canvas layer in the bottom making it a nightmare while cleaning, this cage is a breeze to clean.

You can detach the wire and run a hose to remove the dirt or debris.

If you are finicky about the color, then you can pick from three different colors for the base of the cage. The wire is white in all of them.

Best features

  • Durable wire frame cage
  • Heavy duty plastic base
  • Easy to clean
  • Roomy interiors with enough space to add a litter box
  • Lightweight and easy to move about

This cage is also available in two larger sizes which are ideal if you have multiple pets. This can easily pass for a $100 cage that is sold in retail outlets. Unbelievable value for money!

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#2 – Miller Manufacturing Rabbit Cage

I personally prefer cages that have a solid base bottom as opposed to a wire bottom. But if you can overlook that minor letdown, this rabbit cage from Miller Manufacturing ticks all the right boxes. It is extremely sturdy, very roomy and comes with a door latch.

Miller Manufacturing Rabbit Cage

For starters, this is spacious enough to store two rabbits. Most of the cages in the market are rectangular in shape and have an elongated design. Not this one. This is a square shaped cage that gives enough room for a water bottle, a food dispenser and a litter box.

The wire is thick and does not bend. It comes completely disassembled though and assembly can be a tad tricky. The J-Clip pliers needed to join the wire sides together are not included in the package.

Since this is rust resistant, you can just hose it down for a quick cleaning. Also, this can be used as an outside hutch if you prefer.

The best part is that despite being roomy, sturdy and easy to clean, this rabbit cage from Miller Manufacturing costs less than $25.

Best features

  • Roomy rabbit cage with a square design
  • Rust resistant wire frame
  • Door with a spring latch
  • Door has a protective vinyl guard
  • Priced under $25

The only possible nit that I could pick with this is that you will need to pay at least $10 extra for the J-Clip pliers if you don’t have a few lying around. Otherwise, this is a steal. You cannot ask for more at the price.

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#3 – Miller Manufacturing Pop Up Rabbit Cages

My next pick is the updated and more recent version of the wire cage from Miller Manufacturing. This comes with rounded edges, two access doors including a flop down door on the side and a sliding tray on the bottom to easily clean the urine and droppings.

Miller Manufacturing Pop Up Rabbit Cages

It has the same durable wire frame construction like the previous model in this list and is extremely sturdy. The design is a tad different though. This cage is approximately 30 inches in length and 16 inches wide.

The wires are spaced perfectly allowing you to hang feeders and water dispensers with ease. With the slide-out bottom tray, you don’t really need to add a litter box to the cage. But if you wish to, then there’s ample room for it.

A possible flaw is that the pan is just an inch deep. If you have multiple rabbits in there, then it can get messy pretty soon and even spill on to the floor. Ideally, it should have been at least two to three inches deep.

The flop down side door allows your bunny to go in and out whenever its play time. And you can always remove them from the cage easily with the top access.

Also, unlike the previous model, this includes all the hardware that you need for a quick installation.

Best features

  • Durable wire frame design
  • Two access doors including a flop-down side door
  • 30 inches in length and 16 inches wide
  • Perfectly spaced wires to hang feeders and water dispensers
  • Rounded edges
  • Slide out pan for easy cleaning

The Miller Manufacturing Pop up cage is roomier, sturdier and costs just $20 more than the earlier one. If you need a more spacious cage or have multiple small pets, then by all means go for this one.

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#4 – Living World Deluxe Habitat

Living World is one of the most popular brands that manufacture good quality cost effective pet cages. This deluxe habitat cage is one of their bestselling models that is designed innovatively and is often compared to much higher priced cages due to its sturdy construction.

It has a two piece design like most other wire framed cages with a separate plastic pan and a wired upper which attaches to it with clamps. This also allows you to easily separate the two and clean the bottom portion.

One of the best features is that the pan is 7 ½ inches deep and has a textured bottom. This will prevent your bunnies from accidentally or intentionally kicking any debris into the room.

At 37 inches in length and 23 inches in depth, this is one of the biggest rabbit cages that you can buy at this price point. It can easily house two adult rabbits or up to four dwarfs. It features a balcony with an access ramp that is removable and can be attached to either side of the cage, a tip proof food dish, a tip proof water bottle and even a hay guard.

In simple terms, you can give everything that your rabbit needs in under $60. Unlike some of the other cages in this list, this Living World Deluxe Habitat cage does not need any assembly. It comes ready to use out of the box.

There are four access doors to the cage and you can secure the door with a clamp in case you have a Houdini at home.

Best features

  • Large and roomy cage with a durable wire construction
  • Spacious bottom pan with a balcony, hay guard and tip proof food dish
  • Easy to clean
  • Multiple access doors to remove your bunnies with ease
  • Can easily store two large sized rabbits
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Great pricing

The Living World Deluxe Habitat Cage is undoubtedly, one of the best cheap rabbit cages in the market. It has a proven performance and is highly rated by rabbit owners.

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#5 – Super Pet My First Home Cage for Rabbits

Last but not the least; here’s an amazingly compact rabbit cage from Kaytee. This is called the Super Pet My First Home Cage and you can use it for your bunnies, hedgehogs or guinea pigs. It is smaller than some of the other cages in this list. But it should give enough room for one or two guinea pigs or one adult rabbit.

It is approximately 30 inches in length and 18 inches wide. You can easily put a litter box in the corner without the cage seeming too cramped for your bunny.

The design is similar to the Living World Deluxe Habitat cage. There’s a deep plastic pan on the bottom which connects to the wire top with latches. The latch points are designed in such a way that your bunnies cannot access them or try to chew their way out. The wires are approximately 1 inch apart. So, if you intend to use this for rats or any small sized pets, ensure that they cannot wiggle their way out of it.

The extra depth in the pan ensures that none of the contents of the cage ever find their way into your room. This translates into easier cleaning and less of a mess in the room where you store the cage.

By the way, the wires and the base are chew-proof. You can be rest assured that they are not finding their way out of this.

I have personally used Kaytee’s rabbit cages and they are extremely well built. You shouldn’t have any problems with this as long as you are not overcrowding the cage.

Best features

  • Compact and lightweight cage
  • Deep plastic base that prevents bunnies from spilling things into the room
  • Spacious enough to store a litter box and feeder
  • Base and wire with latch points that are inaccessible to the bunnies
  • Chew proof wires that make it secure

That’s it. I just saved you a lot of time and the potential for making a costly mistake. As always, do your own research and make an informed decision before buying any pet product.

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