When it comes to rabbit litter, there are different types of products on the market, divided into two main categories: mineral and vegetable. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages.
Within these two categories, there are special features, mixtures or products that will have more or less affinity with your pet. In any case and whatever the product chosen, it is necessary to proceed to a daily cleaning for the hygiene of the animal and the comfort of your family.
Litter that’s perfect for rabbits
Poplar, aspen or beech wood shavings are very suitable for rabbits. They are very absorbent and their wood does not give off an unpleasant resinous odor like pine or other softwood. Moreover, they are not harmful to the animal’s respiratory tract.
Hemp is a very popular litter for rabbits. It does not generate dust, it is soft for the animal’s paws, does not cling to its hair and does not fly. It is also very effective for individuals with allergies or those who are more sensitive than others.
Finally, corn litter is particularly recommended. Although a little hard under the paws, it is odorless, dustless and does not fly. It is classically absorbent and quite expensive, but it is perfectly suited for fragile rabbits.
Propitious litters used as underlay
Some rabbit litters can be beneficial if used as an underlay.
Pine shavings are perfect for rabbit bedding and are inexpensive. However, they must be handled with care because the shavings are very light and fly around. They are therefore recommended for short-haired rabbits and it is best to cover them with a layer of another non-volatile reference.
Wood chips made of agglomerated fibers, which are used as vegetable cat litter, can be used for rabbits. They do not fly and absorb odors well. They will still need to be covered with a layer of product because they disintegrate quickly.
Wood pellets, hemp pellets and straw pellets can also be used as an underlay for bedding. They serve to absorb urine and odors very well. However, rabbits should not live directly on them because these pellets disintegrate into powder and clump together quickly.
Rabbit litters to avoid
If your rabbit tends to eat its litter, you should change it very quickly so that it doesn’t have health problems. Indeed, some of the products he may absorb can swell up in his stomach and cause an obstruction that can be fatal to your pet.
Hay is good as food for your rabbit but should be in a feeder and under no circumstances should it be used as bedding alone. It can simply be put in an overlay. It absorbs very little urine and then gives off a strong odor.
Also, all mineral litter found for cats should not be used for your rabbit. Your rabbit will want to try it and may die.
In conclusion, if your rabbit lives in a cage or in semi-freedom, remember to change its litter every day and choose a non-irritating and non-hazardous reference for your pet. It must be comfortable and safe for him.