Rabbit Bedding FAQs
Got a question about rabbit hutch bedding and paper litter for rabbits? To help you make the right choice to keep your bunnies safe, clean and cosy, we’ve put together some really useful answers from our expert team at Burgess, the pet care experts.
What’s the best safe bedding for rabbits?
The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund advises against using sawdust or clay-based clumping cat litter as rabbit bedding. This is because sawdust can irritate rabbits’ skin and lungs and clumping cat litter can cause digestive problems if your buns ingest it.
Specially designed paper bedding for rabbits and other small animals is super-absorbent, safe and an ideal solution to keeping your buns clean and cosy while they sleep.
Your buns should also have a constant fresh supply of good-quality feeding hay, placed in hay racks, willow balls or tubes and in areas that are separate to the bedding area, along with fresh, clean water.
Rabbits generally prefer to munch on hay while they’re resting and they also like to ‘poo and chew’, so put a pile of yummy feeding hay in their favourite resting places and hang a hay rack above their litter tray. That way, your buns’ accommodation can stay clean, dry and hygienic while they munch away happily on their favourite .
What’s the best bedding for outdoor rabbits?
When thinking about creating the perfect rabbit accommodation, remember that both indoor and outdoor bunnies need as much space as possible, with plenty of opportunities to exercise, tunnels to run through, look-out spots to keep watch from and cosy sleeping spaces with plenty of soft, safe paper bedding designed specifically for rabbits.
So, whether your bunnies enjoy the indoors or the outdoors, choosing quality paper-based litter for rabbits will provide them with an ideal sleeping environment.
What’s the difference between rabbit bedding and rabbit litter?
As well as plenty of hiding places and a cosy sleeping space, your rabbits need a separate area where they can go to the toilet. Because Excel Nap & Nest is designed for use as both bunny bedding and litter, it’s ideal for putting in your rabbits’ litter tray as well as in their favourite napping spots.
It’s also really easy to use – simply remove some from the pack a handful at a time and gently pull it apart. Add a 3-5cm layer to your buns’ bedding and toilet areas and, each day, just remove and replace any soiled bits.
How often should you change rabbit bedding and litter?
You should give your rabbits’ housing a quick clean every day. As well as throwing away any uneaten food and changing their water, get rid of any wet or dirty bedding and litter to keep their accommodation hygienically clean.
Once a week, you should give your rabbits’ housing a thorough clean, using non-toxic, pet-friendly cleaning products, removing all their bedding and litter and replacing with fresh. Make sure all their housing is dry before returning your pets. Remember to keep back a little of the old hay and bedding so that the place still smells like home to your buns.
What’s the best rabbit bedding for odour control?
Because Excel Nap & Nest Paper Bedding is light in colour, it’s easy to spot any soiled bedding or litter, remove it and replace with fresh – making cleaning quick and easy. This makes it the best rabbit bedding for odour control and means that you don’t need to replace your rabbits’ entire bedding every day. Therefore, each bag lasts longer, providing a cost-effective solution for caring for your pets.
When do rabbits sleep?
Bunnies are crepuscular, which means they like to be out and about early morning and early evening. The best way to enable your pet buns to come and go as they please is to have an exercise run permanently attached to their hutch. This could be a safe bunny-proofed room indoors, or a large run outdoors, so they can run, jump, explore, forage and do all the things that come naturally to bunnies.
Because they’re most active at dawn and dusk, lifting them from their hutch to run about for a few hours in the daytime just doesn’t suit their body clocks and instincts, however cosy their rabbit hutch bedding is!
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