Rabbits need plenty of space and exercise and should not be kept in the small wire cages so often seen in Hong Kong. Not only are the cages too small, but the wire mesh floor can cause discomfort and, in more se rious cases, injury, if the feet get trapped in the mesh. They should be housed in large hutches which should be at least 150 centimetres long, 60 centimetres wide and at least 45 to 90 centimetres high so that the rabbit can stretch up vertically to its full height. The floor should be solid but easy to clean. A variety of bedding material can be used, including sawdust, shredded paper or wood shavings. A separate 'nest' box should be provided at one end of the hutch so that the rabbit can hide away if it wants to. Ideally hay should be used in the nest box. The hutch should be placed where the rabbit will not get too hot or too cold. Cleanliness is important. The hutch should be cleaned out and the bedding changed regularly to reduce the risk of disease. A well-designed, roomy hutch can be ex pensive but is a worthwhile investment that will last for the life of the rabbit and will contribute greatly to its physical and mental health.