One complaint I often hear from people about their rabbit’s litter box is that it smells. When I press further, I find out they are using newspapers to line the litter box. Unfortunately, sheets of newspaper just don’t absorb the strong smell of rabbit urine.
Using a newspaper pellet litter like Fresh News will solve the problem. Even though it’s made of newspaper, the compressed pellets somehow neutralize the odor much more effectively than sheets of newspaper.
Note: When choosing a litter or bedding for your rabbit, you should not use clay-based litter or cedar shavings because they are detrimental to rabbits’ respiratory systems. Always use a non-dusty litter/bedding made from recycled paper.
Learn more about litter training your rabbit at our article, Litter Training Your Pet Rabbit.
Here are a few tips about using a recycled paper pellet litter:
- Just put a very shallow layer of the litter in the litter box — enough so that the bottom is covered. It does not have to be deep because rabbits do not bury their droppings like cats. Furthermore, you will be discarding ALL of the litter every time you clean it, so you want to use the least amount possible to make it last and save money.
- You can buy large bags of Fresh News that are marketed for cats. You don’t have to get ones marketed for rabbits.
- Put hay on top of the thin layer of litter. Rabbits like to eat and poop at the same time. So this encourages them to use the litter box. Just be sure your rabbit has access to clean, fresh hay at all times.
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When you have a house rabbit (or two or three…), a puppy pen is invaluable. Although most people envision rabbits living in a cage or outdoor hutch, we always recommend people use a puppy pen to house their bunny instead.
With a puppy pen, you can set up your bunny’s primary living area in a corner of a room. Your rabbit will have more room to explore than if you use a cage. Your setup can include a litter box, food & water bowls, a hay feeder, and a cardboard castle. You can open the door to the puppy pen to let your rabbit out to explore or to go inside to clean it.
An example of a rabbit area setup. A cardboard castle and other chew toys complete the area. You can enclose the entire corner with a puppy pen. In the future, if you would like your rabbit to have free reign, you can gradually extend the space by moving the puppy pen panels out.
The great thing about puppy pens is the flexibility they provide. You can arrange the panels of the pen into the optimal size and shape to fit the area. You can also gradually expand your rabbit’s space once he/she gets accustomed to using the litter box, so that eventually your rabbit has free reign of a bunny proofed room.
And if your bunny does have free reign, you can still use the puppy pen to block off areas of the room that you want to protect. Or you could use the puppy pen as a makeshift outdoor run (while you supervise- rabbits can dig underneath and tunnel out).
We recommend the medium/large puppy pen from Precision Pet (36 inches tall). It is very sturdy and generally tall enough (although Cosette has cleared the fence four times in the past 10 years… barely).
You can find the Precision Pet puppy pen at various pet stores or on Amazon. Buy now >
Want to keep your bunny entertained? Here are some ideas:
For more information about enrichment for rabbits, including some homemade toy ideas, see our articles:
Just in time for the holiday season, Grizzly Bear Greetings is offering a coupon to My House Rabbit readers for FREE SHIPPING on any of their Christmas cards. Just use coupon code MHRFREESHIP at checkout to take advantage of the promotion.
All cards are printed on 100% recycled card stock with a matte finish. Cards measure 5.5 x 4.25 inches when folded. Each pack includes six cards and six A2 white 100% recycled envelopes.
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Small Pet Select is offering a free bunny wrap ring with any purchase of hay or pellets! Just use the coupon code BUNNYRING at checkout. This adorable ring normally retails for $15.95.
To take advantage of the special, go to Small Pet Select and choose any size hay or pellets. At checkout, enter the coupon code BUNNYRING. This coupon code will apply the Bunny Wrap Ring to your order, free of charge. Once you proceed through checkout, Small Pet Select will send you a tracking number for your package.
To learn more about Small Pet Select, read our review of their timothy hay: Hay Day for Coco and Cosette.