What litter for his rabbit?

You're about to welcome a rabbit into your home and you don't know which litter to choose. The market offers too much variety and you really don't know what's best for him. Here are our tips.

Litter suitable for rabbits
Poplar or aspen shavings are perfect for your rabbit. They have a discreet smell and are very absorbent.

Hemp or linen straw are the preferred materials for rabbits because they are soft. They don't cling to the animal's hair, so they are easy to care for. On the human side, the use of hemp is particularly suitable for people developing allergies. However, their absorption qualities are limited.

Paper pulp litter is also a good choice because it is very absorbent and not very volatile.

Materials to be used as an underlay for bedding
Pine shavings are inexpensive, but being light, it is preferable to place them in an undercoat, otherwise you will find them all over the cage and on your rabbit's hair. Moreover, softwoods are strongly discouraged in direct contact with the animal.

Agglomerated wood fiber grains are available for cat litter. While they are particularly effective at absorbing odours, they are easily disintegrated. This is why you should avoid placing them on the surface of your rabbit's litter box.

Materials to avoid for direct contact with the animal
Newsprint is a very bad idea: it doesn't absorb anything and can be harmful because of printing inks.

Hay is a food and not a bedding material. Your rabbit will eat it, even if it is covered with urine and feces.
Corn litter has the same disadvantage of being edible. On the other hand, it is expensive.

All softwoods should be banned because they are toxic to rabbits. Red cedar is particularly irritating to the respiratory tract, as is scented litter. The latter products are ultimately aimed more at satisfying the comfort of rabbit owners than that of the animal.

Heating pellets are also to be avoided: even if you have an instinct for resourcefulness and the D system, these are clearly not products adapted to animals. They are fuels impregnated with materials that are harmful to your rabbit.

Why is the choice of litter so important?
Quality litter is the one:

  • That limits health problems resulting from poor cage hygiene,
  • And prevents bad smells from spreading in your home.

But no matter how good the material of your rabbit's litter is, it is essential to change it every day.

If your rabbit likes to eat its litter, it is imperative to cover it with a non-prickly or sharp grid to avoid digestive problems.

Despite the care you have taken in choosing the litter, your rabbit may refuse to return to its cage after cleaning. You will solve the problem by mixing the new clean litter with a little soiled litter. If your rabbit is still reluctant to return, it is because he finds it uncomfortable and you need to change the material.