There is a great deal of confusing (and conflicting) information online about the type of litter and litter boxes to use for pet rabbits. There is an information overload on these topics and not all of it is beneficial. Our goal is to provide you with enough basic, reliable information so that you can make good litter box decisions for your furry friend.
Wire-Bottomed Litter Boxes (And Cages)
Most pet rabbits are easily trained to use a litter box inside the house. If you live in an area where your bunny can safely and happily live outside, a well-maintained and clean litter box is heavily encouraged. Some litter boxes are designed with metal, grated or wire bottoms. At Love Your Rabbit, we do not use those types for various reasons. We strongly encourage using a solid bottom litter box instead.
For a very brief article and demonstration video on our easy and effective way to maintain a solid-bottom litter box for your pet rabbit, please CLICK HERE (page will open in another tab so that you can return to this article afterward).
The alternative to using any litter box is keeping bunny in a wire-bottomed cage. This is a source of contention for responsible pet rabbit owners all across the globe. For need-to-know information regarding rabbits and wire-bottomed cages, please CLICK HERE (page will open in another tab so that you can return to this article afterward).
Litter Box Alternative
Boxes (such as dishpans) can be found in various sizes and for a couple of bucks. They also last a long time when maintained properly. To avoid overpriced made-for-pets litter boxes, search for shallow or deep dishpans (depending upon the size of your rabbit). These plastic-made alternatives are durable and can last for years, which cuts down on how much plastic we purchase and use.
Types of Litter
There are many litter options for your pet rabbit. There are also varying perspectives and conflicting information. Wood shavings are one such controversy. Some experts say that soft wood shavings (Pine and Cedar, for example) are safe while other experts say they may cause health issues. Though many rabbit owners use soft wood shavings without any problems, avoiding potential risks by using hard wood bedding (like Aspen shavings) seems a wiser choice.
Paper-based litter such as Fresh News and Care Fresh are also options but can be more expensive. Additionally, some rabbits flat refuse to use a litter box with certain brands or types of litter lining the bottom of their potty place. One type of litter that should never be used with rabbits is cat litter and/or any “clumping” litter. It encourages the rabbit to dig in its litter box. More importantly, ingesting it can be fatal.
As part of your rabbits’ medical kit (in case of a health issue) we recommend keeping a small supply of soft, paper-based products on hand. Care Fresh and other such litter is more comfortable for a bunny who has experienced diarrhea or has softer stools. Note: You should call a qualified rabbit-specialty veterinarian immediately if your bunny’s potty habits drastically change or you notice soft stools and/or diarrhea. These are serious problems which place your rabbit’s life in danger.
Here is a quick list of several common litters. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it does address a few of the more commonly-used types and some brief information about them.
Please Note: Love Your Rabbit does not support raising rabbits for consumption and/or animal testing and/or science experiments (where the animal is at risk for injury, pain or death).
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