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Rabbit Supplies List – 12 Things You Need for a Rabbit
The choice to bring a rabbit into your home and life is a very special one, indeed! While you may be thinking of all the fun that you and your new furry friend will have over the next 10 years, it’s equally important to consider how to get everything started off right.
While cats and dogs may require a minimum of specialized equipment, rabbits need more supplies and considerations to feel truly welcome in your home. Because they are prey animals in the wild, the more comfortable and safer you can help them to feel in your home, the more love and affection they’ll return to you.
So, how can you go about setting up your home to make your rabbit feel as cozy and snug as possible, while also making sure they don’t run rampant through your computer cables? In this article, we’ve put together a list of everything you need to have in your home before your bunny arrives, from food to shelter to bunny-proofing necessities for your house.
If you’re ready to take on the responsibilities of a rabbit owner, you can receive a decade of dedicated companionship in return. Ready? Then let’s get started!
For Your Rabbit’s Home
Outfitting your bunny’s living quarters will give them a sanctuary to return to for rest and relaxation. You’ll need all of the following items to set up their abode:
1. Hutch or Other Enclosure
An indoor hutch or other suitable enclosure is where your rabbit will spend most of their time sleeping, eating, and using the bathroom. For this reason, we recommend investing in a home that is large enough for your rabbit to grow into and contains spaces for all the necessary accompaniments, such as this one from Aivituvin.
2. Litter Box and Litter
While there are fancy litter boxes of all shapes and sizes available for your rabbit’s bathroom needs, we most prefer those designed to fit in corners that have high backs. Ware Manufacturing makes the most popular example of this type of litter box, available in a jumbo size perfect for any size of rabbit.
Avoid any type of scented litter, as well as anything with a chemical clumping or caking agent. Instead, go for Yesterday’s News recycled paper pellets to make sure that your rabbit won’t be harmed by your choice of litter.
3. Water Bottle
Hanging water bottles make it easy to keep your rabbit well hydrated even in the hottest of the summer months. Always go for a no-drip model like RentACoop so your rabbit won’t end up laying in puddles in its home.
4. Hay Feeder and Hay
Rabbits are especially keen on being able to eat hay while they poop. This is understandable since wild rabbits will mark their territory in a burrow with their droppings. To make sure that your rabbit is eating plenty of fresh, nutritious timothy hay, install a hay feeder within mouth’s reach of their litter box.
5. Food Bowls and Kibble
Nutrient-dense kibble is an essential addition to your rabbit’s diet, providing them with a fine balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates; Oxbow is the leading name in rabbit kibble, and we recommend their adult rabbit pet food. Combine this with a heavy-bottomed bowl, as rabbits are very fond of spreading their food everywhere if given the chance.
6. Chew Toys
Did you know that rabbits need to regularly chew on tough, fibrous material to keep their teeth from growing too much? While it may be tempting to get aggravated with your new pet for running their mouth over your baseboards, they’re doing it so they won’t end up with serious dental problems. Give them something to chew on like this yucca chew toy, and you’ll help them stay content and healthy.
7. Fresh Vegetables
Fresh, leafy greens should make up a regular part of your rabbit’s diet. A daily serving of dark leafy stuff is ideal to give your bunny necessary vitamins and minerals. Before you go feeding them any vegetables on the store shelves, though, make sure you look at this list of plants that are poisonous to rabbits!
For Your Home
Your own comfort and peace of mind are just as important as your rabbit’s. Because rabbits are so fond of finding new things to chew and dig at in your house, we’ve put together a list of rabbit-proofing materials to make your life easier (and keep your bunny healthier).
8. Nail Clippers
You’ll periodically need to trim your rabbit’s nails to keep them healthy, quiet, and not scratching up your floors. Zen Clipper offers a special blade design that’s perfect for inexperienced owners which helps to prevent any over-clipping mishaps. Plus, they are available in a variety of sizes.
9. Bunny-specific Brush
Rabbits’ unique fur requires a gentler brush than what you might find on a department store shelf. It’s recommended to groom y
our rabbit at least once per week, and often closer to daily during shedding season. For this purpose, the Furminator undercoat deshedding tool is especially helpful!
10. Pet Carrier and Towels
Essential for any trips to the vet, a fairly large pet carrier will help your rabbit to feel less confined and more comfortable. Lay down towels in the bottom of the carrier, and consider a top-loading model like the AmazonBasics travel carrier.
11. Baby Gates
Especially while you’re litter training your new rabbit, you’ll need to be able to block off certain areas of your home. A simple baby gate like the Regalo Easy Step is tall enough to keep your rabbit from jumping over.
12. Cord Protectors
With their penchant for chewing through roots, many rabbits are just as happy to mistake a stray electrical cord for a piece of tree. To prevent this most unfortunate turn of events, use a braided cable cover on all your low-lying electrical cords.
Final Thoughts on Rabbit Supplies
Committing to take care of a rabbit requires some upfront costs, but their actual day to daycare is often much less than cats or dogs. By giving them plenty of hay and water, daily servings of kibble and greens, and plenty of room to exercise, they’ll live a happy and healthy life. Just don’t skimp on taking the steps to rabbit-proof your home, or else your bunny may mistake your laptop for a chew toy!
Featured Image: Burul Dyikanbekova, Unsplash
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- For Your Rabbit’s Home
- For Your Home
- Final Thoughts on Rabbit Supplies