How to Pick the Right Small Animal Playpen for Your Pet

Fun, flexible spaces for home or on the go.

Bunny in small animal playpen for pets.
Give your furry friend the freedom to roam (while still being able to keep a close eye on them).Misha Walker, Unsplash

An animal playpen offers you peace of mind and your pets a safe space to have fun without getting lost or nosing into anything you would prefer they avoid. Since they’re not a one-size-fits-all product, we’ve rounded up three popular types of enclosures that work for many pet owners.

MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen / Pet Playpen

Multiple Sizes

This model includes eight 24-by-36 inch panels that fold flat for easy transport or storage.MidWest Homes for Pets

Animals large and small can get their proper exercise in an alloy enclosure that’s appropriate to their size. Look for a model that’s easy to dismantle and stores away flat. A step-through latch keeps your pet secure.

Ruff 'n Ruffus Portable Foldable Pet Playpen + Carrying Case & Collapsible Travel Bowl


A fun space for canines, felines and bunnies that comes in a trio of options to fit your particular breed.Ruff 'n Ruffus

If you’re concerned about space and don’t want a metal model, choose a soft playpen that can be easily stored away in its own container. Bonus: you can use this type of product inside or out. If you go camping or set up the playpen in the yard, it will stand up to the elements.

Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen

Super Cute

A sweet rainbow-hued space that’s made for children to enjoy taking care of their little furry friends.Prevue Pet Products

If your buddy is itty bitty, like a gerbil, hamster or mouse, you don’t need much space for them to have a good time. Consider a compact model that’s around 36 inches in diameter.