What will you need for a new pet rabbit?
What to buy for a rabbit ? . A pet rabbit needs an enclosure, usually an X-Pen, if it will live in the house if not a saddlery or a cage with all the necessary tools, cleaning tools for the cage and grooming supplies for the rabbit and finally a first aid kit.
The rabbit’s cage must be equipped : with a hay rack above a large litter box a water container and two others a smaller one for pellets and a larger one for plants an absorbent mat on the floor a bed a shelter and lots of toys to chew and occupy themselves so that your rabbit avoids stress and its unfortunate consequences.
Your rabbit will also have to be installed in the most adapted corner of your house and that’s why I encourage you to read this article on having a rabbit as a pet
Concerning the rabbit’s food, I also put you links to what rabbits eat and what they love the most as treats too.
Here is the list of everything a rabbit will need:
1-The X Pen cage enclosure 3 or 4 foot tall
You are not going to let your rabbit, from its first day to run and go where it wants and everywhere in the house, that’s why I recommend you a pen exercise, a kind of enclosure generally used for puppies.
I am against the confinement of rabbits in cages, cramped, like a prison in fact, I am an adept of free-roaming, but do not soak poas, the pen is still necessary, especially when you leave your rabbit alone at home, without forgetting that you must train him before giving him free access to the whole house, training as the litterbox training, I mean
You can find them in a dog section at walmart or on Amazon
Here are the ones I recommend, the first one is lower than the second one, this will actually depend on the size and breed of your rabbit:
1-KOUSI Small Animal Pen Indoor Fence Animal Pen Plastic Fence Rabbit Pen Small Pet Playpen .
2- higher enclosure
Get this X-pen , 36 inches height if your rabbit is a big one ( large breed)
link to Amazon Basics Foldable Metal Pet Exercise and Playpen
2- The litter box
Your rabbit will need a litter box, you will install it just below the hutch, because rabbits usually eat and relieve themselves in the same area.
You will also need another litterbox that you will install outside the pen, you will teach your rabbit to use it when you release him for his play times
I recommend the special cat litterbox, it is quite large and is the best for rabbits, I do not know about the color, but you will have the choice, I think
You can find good ones at Menards or just follow the links bellow and get it from Chewy or Amazon
Here’s the one I recommend Van Ness High Sides Cat Litter Pan, Blue
3-Woodstove pellets inside the litterbox better to neutralize odors ; great odor control
The litterbox must be lined with litter, not sand and especially not wood chips, I talked about litter for rabbits and guinea pigs in this article but for the moment, I recommend these pellets, they are the best to not only absorb the urine of your rabbit, but especially to retain the bad smells and prevent them from stinking in the whole room!
It’s the same kind of litter that I recommend for cats too, here is the link to Amazon
Your rabbit must have clean hay at all times because he will eat it almost all day long.
That’s why he needs a hay rack, to keep this hay on one side far from your rabbit’s paws and its droppings and especially at disposal each time your rabbit will feel a little hunger !
A hay rack is better when it is made of wood and fixed, I chose the best one for you, follow the link, I found it on sale only on Amazon
If you don’t buy this one, at least avoid the ball racks made of wires… rabbits often get their head stuck in this kind of racks.
The best is the free-standing wooden hay rack
5-Hay and water
You need to mix at least two kinds of hay Read this post if you need more informations
2- choose one of these
You will need a water bowl or two , one for outside the pen when you get your bunny out for playtime , choose a heavy ones , glass r ceramic
or this one
6-Bedding for the bottom of the pen or the enclosure
1-Cage Liners Washable Pee Pads with Fast Absorbent Waterproof Reusable Non-Slip to cover the floor of the X pen
2-Super Absorbent Pet Pee Pads
To avoid sore hocks and other skin and health problems You will need some soft material like Fleece for your rabbit to sleep and lay on
3-Or Get these Machine Washable, Reusable Pee Pads
Fleece Cage Liner | Fleece Guinea Pig Bedding
2-RYPET Small Animal Bed 2PCS – Rabbit
7-Heidi houses with two entrances
1-MODEMODE Natural Seagrass Mat Bed Hideaway Toy, Hand Woven for Rabbit
2-Kaytee Tree of Life 3-in-1 Pet Habitat Accessory, Large
1-CRAFTSMAN CMXEVBE17595 16 Gallon 6.5 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac, Heavy-Duty Shop Vacuum with Attachments , this is tghe cheapest one with the largest tube ; cuz of the hay !! , ; you can get one from home depot or on amazon ($110)
White Vinegar Heinz Cleaning Vinegar
Spray Bottle (use half water+half white vinegar)
9-toys like baby keys or baby chaines
chew toys read this post
10 – Grooming Supplies for bunnies
Bunnies shed many times a years so you will need some grooming supplies
- Effectively reduces excess shedding without harming sensitive skin
- Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your pet’s topcoat to gently remove loose hair
- FURejector button cleans and removes loose hair from the tool with ease
- Shorter ergonomic handle for added versatility when grooming small pets
- Recommended by vets to help prevent dangerous hairballs from developing
- Designed by a groomer for professional results
- Guaranteed to reduce shedding better than any brush, rake or comb
2- The Hair Buster (brush)
3- rubber bristle brush for rabbits rubber grooming brush
4- Pet Nail Clippers for rabbits ( we are using the cat ones )
11-Emergency kit for Rabbits
Feeding Syringes for giving medication and force-feeding if necessary
Critical care fine grind ( Oxbow Critical Care for Herbivores (Pack Size: 141g) ) for emergency situations , ask your vet about it
A top-loading Carrier for rabbit ( with top opening ) to transport him to and from the vet or the park …
Baby Gas Drops if your bunny is getting Gassy ( ask your vet how and when using it)