Bunny Basics

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Shopping List

If you're getting a new bunny, you're going to need a few things!

Where should I go to get my supplies?

You can buy food, hay, and a few other items from us. See our Services & Supplies page.

We also recommend:

  • BunnyBytes: Bunny Bytes was founded in 1997 by house rabbit owners Steve and Cathy Seiller. In 2000, Jennifer Johannsen joined the team as office manager, eventually taking over the business in 2002. Jennifer is a great friend to Rabbit Haven: she fosters some of our available bunnies. You can even pick up your order in West Seattle and avoid shipping fees! Just contact BunnyBytes to coordinate the pickup.
  • The Rabbit Meadows Store on Lake City Way. (Map): This is a one-stop-shop for all of your rabbit needs. If you don't live close enough to buy your hay from us, we recommend you get hay here. It's much higher quality than the bagged hay available from the corporate pet stores.

Bunny Shopping List

 

Food

There are several brands of rabbit pellets. Ask us for our suggestion for your bunny when you adopt. You should not make sudden changes to a bunny's diet; instead, if you want to change foods, you should introduce the new food gradually. Follow the instructions for how much to feed your bunny. Typically, this is approximately 1/8 cup of pellets per 5 LBs of rabbit. Learn more about Feeding & Diet.

 

Timothy Hay

Your rabbit must have an unlimited supply of Timothy Hay! We recommend finding a local supplier of high-quality hay. You can buy high-quality hay from us or from the other stores listed at the bottom of this page. You can also find bags of timothy hay at most pet supply stores.

 

Fresh Veggies

Your bunny should get fresh veggies every day.
See our Bunny-Safe Veggie List for the do's and don'ts of bunny veggies.

 

 

Food & Water Crocks

Buy two heavy crocks for food and water. Bunnies should be given ample fresh water in a bowl. Bunnies suck water, and water bottles don't allow them to easily get all the water they need. You might consider buying a hanging water bottle in addition to a water bowl, just to make sure water is always available in the even the bowl spills.

 

A carrier

Small- and medium-sized bunnies fit comfortably in cat-sized carriers. If you are thinking of a pair of bunnies, or a larger breed, choose a medium-sized carrier (on of the sizes meant for small, but not tiny, dogs). Styles that have a top-opening door are the best option if you buy a cat-size carrier.

 

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Even if you intend to allow your bunny to roam free in your home, you'll need a 'home base' for your rabbit. Rabbits enjoy having their own space where they can feel safe, and where they know their litter box, water, and food will always be waiting. See our Bunny Housing page for lots of ideas.

 

Clean towels & blankets

Visit a thrift store to get some towels you can use for your bunnies. You'll need a towel to put in the pet carrier so that your bunny doesn't slip around in the carrier. You'll also use towels in your bunny's new living environment. Look for fleece blankets as well...bunnies love them. Be sure to wash the towels and blankets before you use them for your rabbit!

Litter boxes

We recommend a medium-sized cat litter box. Unless your bunny is very small, the smallest-sized litter boxes sometimes don't provide enough room. Remember that your bunny may like lounging in the box--with his or her bonded mate--so the box should be large enough to accomodate that.

 

Rabbit-Safe Litter

Avoid wood-shaving style litters. These often create aromatic oils that can be toxic to bunnies! We recommend using one of the following types of litter:

  • Recycled newspaper pellets, such as Crown Animal Bedding or Yesterday's News.
  • Pulped paper, such as CareFresh Litter
  • Woodstove Pellets. Woodstove pellets are the least expensive litter you can buy. While they are made out of wood, they are safe for your bunnies.

 

Cover the bottom of the litter box with one of these litters and then add a generous layer of Timothy Hay on top and voila! The perfect bunny box.

You can dispose of used litter with your yard waste 

Note that all of these litter types, along with timothy hay and your bunnies' 'contributions' to the litter box, are compostable:

If one of your neighbors is an avid gardner, ask if they'd like the used litter for their compost.

 


Toys!

Bored bunnies get into mischief! You can make your own toys out of the cardboard centers of toilet-paper or paper-towel rolls. You can also use toys meant for birds, which are fairly easy to find at most pet stores. Make sure that, if the toys are made of plastic, they are made of a very hard plastic; bunnies can chew through and ingest softer plastics.

Baby toys made of hard plastic, such as baby keys, are also very popular with bunnies. Learn more about toys.