Recommendations for Rabbit Products

Although rabbits are gaining popularity as pets, pet and pet supply stores are sorely lagging behind and finding products that are not only appropriate for bunnies but also inexpensive can be difficult. Some of the offered products are merely products that were originally made for another animal but have been repackaged to seem appropriate for bunnies or for a wide range of animals that include bunnies. For many of these items, not only is this not true, but it may be that they can actually be harmful for a rabbit.

There are 3 main types of products to purchase for a bunny: Food, Litter and Toys. When buying any of these items, you need to be concerned with both cost and quality. While there are definitely some excellent products out there for rabbits, cost does not necessarily equate with quality.

When dealing with food, the primary items should be hay and vegetables. Fresh vegetable are a necessity for health for a rabbit, and should not be skipped on, but there are many green leafy vegetables that are available for bunny that come at a range of prices and are comparable in quality, so you can buy veggies without going broke. Many of the more expensive veggies have a higher sugar content as well and should be limited.

Hay can be purchased in small little bundles at a pet store for what amounts to an outrageous price. When you can purchase 60 and 80 lb. bales of hay at a local farm normally for under $10, paying what amount to several dollars a pound at a pet shop for the same quality doesn’t make any sense.

Litter is simple. Avoid any thing that a bunny might ingest such as corn cob bedding and anything with aromatic oils such as pine or cedar. These types of bedding can cause health problems in your rabbit, and no one wants that. The good litters available include: Aspen shavings, wood stove pellets, and recycled newspaper products. However, shredded newspaper that is soy based, and most is, is absolutely an inexpensive way to provide litter, just as long as you make sure that the paper is not glossy.
Finally we come to toys. I have looked at chew toys that are available for purchase, and although they might look cute to the purchaser, they don’t meet the needs of a rabbit especially well. This might sound silly, but the best toy I’ve ever come across is a plastic peanut butter jar lid. Take one off a jar you are almost through with and slide it toward your bunny slowly open side up and see what you think. Other than that, brown paper bags and cardboard boxes filled partially or completely with hay make great toys too.

Don’t be one of the ones who spend an outrageous amount on rabbit items that are either inappropriate for or simply uninteresting to your bunny. Better is available.