Any rabbit lover knows that they are extremely tidy animals. As a result, they choose specific areas to deposit their urine and poop so that their environment is not messy. While staying tidy is great for their health, teaching them how and keeping them in a favorable location helps. 

 

Therefore, feeding rabbits alone is not what you need to do as a rabbit parent; you need to provide an appropriate and comfortable place for them. The best bet is to provide beddings and litters for their warmth, safety, and comfort. But there’s more to comfort than the bedding. The litter is the ultimate thing. Whether you decide on a little box or a litter cage, you want to make a selection that’s suitable for your pet. 

 

What types of litter should I use?

The type of litter you select is based on your taste and your rabbit’s needs. Also, making a selection could depend a lot on your area and what you aim to achieve. Therefore, the following factors may affect your choice;

 

  • The time they will spend in and out of the boxes 
  • Comfort and feeding 

 

To make the best choice for your rabbit, you may consider natural and organic litters made from Alfalfa, wheatgrass, oat, citrus, paper, or compressed kiln-dried sawdust. Regardless of the type, you select, consider lining them with newspapers to absorb water or urine. Next, add a handful of hay so that the rabbit is not standing directly on urine or water. You can then change the newspapers and hay subsequently. This encourages neatness in the bunny. 

 

Product recommendations

Oxbow Eco-straw litter for small pets (2 sizes)- dust-free and eco-friendly. 

Vitalkraft Litter for small pet (2 sizes)- ideal for odor binding and optimum hygiene

 

Litters to avoid

  • Cedar or pine shavings litter: these are toxic and emit toxic phenolic gases. When the rabbit plays around with this litter type, they inhale the gases, and it could cause liver damage, especially when they are not kiln-dried. 

 

  • Swheat Scoop litter: rabbits often eat this kind of litter since it is made from wheat. Wheat is rich in carbohydrates and is not ideal for rabbit health as it can cause obesity, diarrhea, bacterial imbalance, and other issues. 

 

  • Clay litter: clay litters are likely to gather dust, making your rabbit vulnerable to pneumonia. Also, some clay litters contain toxic deodorant crystals

 

  • Clumping litter: the clumps in this litter could get into the rabbit’s digestive and respiratory tract hence causing digestive challenges that may often lead to death. 

 

  • Corn Cob litter: corn cob litters are not absorbent. It also does not contain or control odor and is edible. Unfortunately, it could also cause lethal blockage and ultimately death. 

 

Keeping your pet’s area clean

Cleaning bunny litter is a way of encouraging them to stay clean. Consider using white vinegar to rinse out tough stains or soak them through. In the case of dried urine, consider using pet urine enzyme cleaner. You may also use paper towels to pick up stray poop and mop up urine.

 

Product recommendation

We recommend using the following products to reduce your pet’s odor and disinfect the area to be free from germs 

Supreme Keep It Clean Lemon For Small Pet 

Supreme Keep It Clean Lavender For Small Pet

 

 

Do rabbits need bedding in their hutch 

Rabbits can learn to sleep anywhere especially when they are tired. Therefore, it is advisable to arrange good bedding for them. Beddings keep them warmer and comfortable in all situations. 

 

Beddings are necessary, but not compulsory because it helps to create a relaxed environment to not to sleep on urine or feces.

 

Product recommendations

Oxbow Pure Comfort White Bedding For Small Pets (2 Sizes) 

Marukan Birch Hardwood Bedding For Small Pet (2 Sizes)

 

 

What makes good rabbit bedding 

A good bedding enclosure keeps the rabbit warm especially during winter, comfortable, and safe. So, you can consider:

 

  • Hay- this serves as a completely insulative material that doubles as a food source and a good source of bedding. 

 

  • Towels and blankets: cotton towels and blankets are comfortable for rabbits. Although they could chew on them, it has insulator effects on their enclosure. 

 

  • Paper or cardboard pulp: these are sold in pet stores as small animal beddings and placed under the hutch or litter before adding other comfortable materials. 

 

  • Aspen- aspen shreds are soft and absorbent. Also, they reduce the risk of an accident. 

 

  • Pellets- even though they fall on the high side, pellet beddings are a great option. 

 

What should never be used for rabbit bedding?

  • Pine and cedar- The major concern about pine and cedar are the alterations they can cause to rabbit’s liver enzymes hence altering their ability to handle standard drugs. Another is a potential cancer risk. When you open a litter of pine or cedar shavings, there is a smell. This odor is a major problem because it is a combination of volatile chemicals called phenols. 

 

  • Cat Litter- very dangerous when swallowed. It is also dusty. 

 

  • Straw- straw could irritate your bunny. 
  • Cardboard and paper- bunnies chew on paper, but they are hard to digest. Using this type of bedding encourages them to chew. 

 

Understanding your bunny helps you make the best choice for their comfort. Then, of course, you may try a couple of ideas to know what suits them best. But, remember, they need some encouragement from you too.