Shopping List for Your New Companion Rabbit
Submitted by webmaster on August 12, 2007 - 5:02pm
- Housing: Cages should be at least 4 feet by 2 feet wide with a SOLID FLOOR. Wire floors are unsuitable because they can cause sore feet or injuries. Wire puppy pens (also called X-Pens) at least 30" high work best and can easily be configured into different shapes to match your available space.
They are also easy to clean around.
- Water Bottle: Use a 16 to 32 oz water bottle. If you want to use a bowl, get a heavy ceramic crock that your bunny can't tip over.
- Litter box: Use a medium or large size litterbox. Rabbits tend to prefer their litter boxes be placed in the corner of the cage. However, the triangular corner litter boxes don't work well with most rabbits.
- Litter: Some appropriate litter products are Care Fresh, Yesterday's News, Critter Country, and Cat Country Organic. The last 3 are heavier and don't get kicked out of the box as easily. Clay, clumping litter, and wood shavings are NOT suitable, and are dangerous to the health of your bunny.
- Hay: Use Timothy , orchard grass, or oat hay. Alfalfa is too rich for bunnies over 6 months old.
- Hay Rack: Optional, but helpful for litter box training. SaveABunny's favorite hay rack is the "No Waste" hay rack. Keep it filled with fresh hay in a spot where your rabbits can eat while they sit in their litterbox.
- Food: Fresh leafy green veggies, and very small amounts of fruit for a treat. See Recommended Diet
- Rabbit Pellets: Pellets should be given in limited quantities. They should be Timothy hay based (Oxbow Bunny Basics T, American Pet Diner) with NO nuts, seeds, dried fruits, etc. These are harmful to your bunny.
- Comb or Brush: Small brush or a fine toothed comb. Rabbits need regular grooming, especially when he or she is shedding, to keep them from ingesting too much fur and getting a blockage.
- Toys: Untreated wicker baskets, hard plastic bird toys, hard cat toys that can be rolled or tossed.
YOU DON'T NEED:
- Salt licks, mineral blocks, & vitamin supplements - Rabbits don't need them.
- Yogurt drops, commercial rabbit treat foods, or chew toys with flavorings - They are bad for rabbit's health.
- Bedding - You can use a towel, bath mat, sheet, or carpet squares for traction and comfort. If the rabbit eats these, use sea grass mats from Cost Plus which are safe to eat.
- Harness or leash - These are very dangerous and can cause your rabbit to break his/her back. Prey animals like rabbits should not be leashed.