If you are a new bunny parent and looking for a precise rabbit supply list at a glance, you are welcome here!
I have found a lot of misconceptions about bunny supply. Even the experienced parent makes some silly mistakes in choosing the right supply.
In this article, I’ll share the perfect listing of bunny supply. I have made the rabbit checklist based on my personal experience. After reading this blog, you will get a clear idea of the rabbit checklist.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
What Rabbit Supply Do You Need to Start Exactly?
Rabbits are different from dogs and cats. Don’t compare bunny with your cat or dog! Rabbit needs more intensive care than cats and dogs. Usually, rabbits are frightened animals since they are prey. That is why they are very careful even in sleep.
Rabbits are basically crepuscular. They are very active in the dawn and dusk. That is why you need a specific supply, unlike other common pets.
Here is a list of the rabbit supply with a brief overview.
- Rabbit Cage
- Indoor Exercise Pens
- Hay Rack
- Food and water bowl
- Litter box
- Rabbit safe litter
- Outdoor Rabbit Hutch
- Hutch cover
- Exercise pen
- Hide House
- Chewing toys
- Nail trimmer
- Flea comb
- Rabbit carrier
- Rabbit harness
- Hand vacuum
- Cage cleaner
First thing first. Whether you keep your bunny inside or outside of your home, you need a spacious habitat for your bunny.
If you have enough space in your home, you could install a rabbit cage in a suitable place. if you don’t have enough space you could keep your bunny in the outside hutch.
For indoor housing, you must ensure a rabbit safe environment to protect your home. Rabbits are clean and adorable pets. They need to run the area for running and playing. For indoor housing, you will need the following supplies.
Most of the rabbit parent allows a free-roaming to their bunny inside the house. but you need an indoor rabbit cage to keep them, especially in the night. Otherwise, you can not sleep well.
There are two types of indoor rabbit cage are available in the market.
- Wooden rabbit cage
- Wire made rabbit cage
Wooden rabbit cages are more spacious than the wire made cage. Most of the wooden cage comes with a playpen or run area with a security layer.
On the other hand, wire made rabbit cages are comparatively smaller. If you are living in a small home, you could try a wire made cage. They are easy to handle.
Both wire made and wooden rabbit cages are easy to clean. don’t think about the cleaning process at all. You just need to select the right one.
Indoor Exercise Pens
Rabbit needs at least 4 hours of exercise in a day. Don’t confine your bunny in the cage always. You could use the puppy gate or wire made pens.
Select a corner of your home and allow a spacious area for running. If your bunny is a free-roaming, you don’t need the exercise pen.
Hay is the major food for the bunny. You must provide unlimited hay to your bunny.
Since it is a long time commitment and hay is a bit expensive in some particular cases, you could use a hay rack to minimize the wastage.
You will find different types of hay rack in the market. main types are:
- Wooden hay rack
- Wire made hay rack
Since bunny loves to chew, they will surely chew the wooden hay rack. So, if you buy a wooden hay rack, make sure that that is safe for the bunny.
Chewing is not a problem at all. You should allow chewing. Because the rabbit’s teeth are one of the fastest-growing organs in the animals. That is why they are chewing. It keeps their teeth in normal shape.
Anyway, many of the bunny parents use wire made hay rack. If you are comfortable with wire made things, you could use them.
Food and water bowl
Though hay is the main food, they need other vegetables and fruits for nutritional purposes. To offer vegetables and fruits you should use a heavy bottom ceramic or steel made bowl.
Many rabbits don’t want to drink water initially. But they need water daily. You could use a water bowl or water bottle for a continuous supply.
I prefer a water bottle to a water bowl. If you are not at home, you just need to fill the water bottle. there is no chance to throw out the water bowl.
Litter training is mandatory for the indoor rabbit. Otherwise, they will mess up the entire house.
Rabbit tends to poop and pee in the same place. you could use the habit to litter train your bunny.
That is why you need a comfortable litter box. You should choose a litter box with a drawer and a plastic grate. It helps in cleaning.
Rabbit safe litter
Rabbit safe litter is a mandatory item for the litter box. It is impossible to clean the litter box after pee or poop. Because they are peeing and pooping so frequently.
You could use a rabbit safe litter. different types of litter available in the market. some litter has a high absorbent capacity and some have the low. Consider the absorbent and odor control feature while buying litter for your bunny.
Rabbit loves to sleep in a comfortable place. in nature, they make a hole to live.
Different types of rabbit beddings are available in the market. if you don’t want to buy bedding, you could use a DIY rabbit bedding. use your old towel and blanket to make comfortable bedding.
If you don’t have enough space in your house, you could keep your bunny in the outdoor hutch. The setup process and security completely depend on you.
Outdoor Rabbit Hutch
The outdoor rabbit hutch is comparatively larger than the indoor rabbit cage. Most of the outdoor habitat comes with extra security and additional play area.
You could consider the durability, weather-resistant capacity and space to select an outdoor rabbit hutch.
Hutch cover is mandatory for an outdoor rabbit hutch. Rabbit doesn’t tolerate high temperatures and humidity. So, during the summer you don’t need to cove the hutch.
But during the winter you should cover the entire hutch to protect your bunny from cold. It would better to keep the hutch in your garage or under a shed during the rough winter. Otherwise, your bunny will die.
If you want to use a DIY outdoor hutch, you could use an extra exercise pen in this particular case.
I have already mentioned about food. For feeding your bunny, you could follow the tips. A perfect diet contains
- 80% of hay (minimum)
- 10-15% pellet
- 5% of rabbit safe vegetables and fruits
- And unlimited water
Initially, your bunny may not want to drink water. In this case, you should apply some tricks.
You could mix some glucose in the water. Then just watch the magic!
Please, don’t use glucose regularly. it is just for habituating with water.
You will find different brands and types of pellets in the market. pellets are different for adults and young bunny. So, make sure that you are buying the right one!
Like the pellets, you will find different types of hay in the market. the most common hays are:
- Timothy (most common)
You could feed any type of hay to your bunny.
For the baby bunny, you could use alfalfa hay.
Treats are helpful for a quick bonding with your bunny. You could offer seasonal fruit and a commercial treat to your bunny.
All the vegetables are not safe for a bunny; you could follow the chart to know the rabbit safe vegetable at a glance.
Different types of toys are available in the market. among them, the followings are the most popular.
In the wild, the rabbit lives in a hide house. genetically they are frightened animals. They become shocked in high sound or unusual environment.
I have already mentioned, chewing is important for your bunny. You will find different types of chew toys in the market.
Grooming is important. The rabbit has a strong immune system. But regular grooming ensures a healthy life.
You should trim your rabbit’s nail in a regular interval. Their nails grow very fast.
Don’t use human nail cutter for trimming their nail.
You could use a brush to curdle your bunny. You will find a special brush for rabbit grooming. You could use the cat brush in case of non-availability.
To remove the unwanted desires and excess fur from the body, you could use the flea comb.
If you are an outdoor guy and loves outing, you could buy a rabbit carrier. You will find different types of carriers like other pets. They are effective.
You should allow the outdoor environment to your bunny. Bunny could be a great partner of your jogging. In this case, the rabbit harness is incredible.
Rabbits are naturally clean. if you could litter train them, you will not face any major trouble in case of cleaning.
If you are a busy pet parent, you could use a pet vacuum for easy and hassle-free cleaning.
You need to clean the cage regularly. That is why you need a cage cleaner to remove the poops and odor of pee.
Dustpan helps you to clean the floor.
I have tried to cover all the essential rabbit checklist to start. I hope, you have understood the process. I have listed all the items based on my practical experience.
You might need something extra apart from the list. but they are minor and you can handle them easily.
Happy bunny parenting!
Alex is a full-time pet lover and part-time Biologist. He is a proud parent of a cat and two rabbits. It’s his childhood dream to rescue endangered animals and make the world better for living. Alex starts this blog to share his thoughts, experience to help passionate pet lovers and hobbyists. Stay blessed!