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The two brands that I use when getting food for my rabbit are Oxbow and Small Pet Select. These both have high quality rabbit products and are companies that care about the health of our small animals. Oxbow products can be found online and in most pet stores. Small Pet Select is an online store that specializes in selling products for small animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. If you use the code BUNNYLADY at checkout, you can get 15% off your first order.
- Hay: For most rabbits I recommend getting Second Cutting Timothy Hay from Small Pet Select (this is what I get for my bunnies). If you have a particularly picky rabbit then you may want to go for the Third Cutting Timothy Hay instead since this tends to be a little softer for rabbits to eat.
- Pellets: I recommend getting the Oxbow Garden Select Food for Rabbits. This is made from healthy ingredients and tends to have the least amount of pellet dust at the bottom of the bag compared to other healthy brands. It’s also the type of pellets that my rabbit likes best. They also have a version for young rabbits if your bunny is less than 6 months old.
- Critical Care: This is a form of rabbit food to use in emergencies when your rabbit refuses to eat. It’s a powdered rabbit food that you mix with water to syringe feed your rabbit. While I hope you never have to use it, it’s best to have a bag on hand just in case. Find out more about how to use Critical Care in this article.
The best treats to get for rabbits are often fresh fruits and vegetables that you would get at a grocery store. However sometimes you’ll want something with a longer shelf life. Small Pet Select and Oxbow both have some healthy treats that you can give to your rabbit. Just be sure to limit the amount of treats you give your rabbit every day, even when you give them these healthier kinds.
- Small Pet Select snacks and treats: Small Pet Select has a variety of healthy snacks to choose from. They also have a snack sampler that you can get to see what kinds your rabbit likes best.
- Oxbow Simple Rewards: These are healthy hay-based snacks with some sweet fruit or vegetable flavoring. My rabbits like the bell pepper flavor best, but try different kinds to see what your bunnies prefer.
- Rabbit Exercise Pen: I always recommend getting a rabbit exercise pen to use as their enclosure. These are convenient to set up and easy to clean too! You can find ex-pens with a door for convenient entry, or without if you want to get something a little cheaper. I recommend making sure the fence is at least 30in high (size medium and up) to make sure your rabbit can’t hop over it.
- Rabbit carrier: The size carrier you get for your rabbit will vary depending on the size of your rabbit. I have this carrier for my rabbit who is about 6 pounds, but if you have a rabbit who weighs in at 8 or more pounds, I recommend getting a size bigger.
Small Pet Select is my go-to for rabbit toys. They have different kinds of natural hay-based toys that my rabbits actually like to play with. You’ll want to get your rabbit a variety of toys so you can figure out what they like best.
- Toy sampler: Small Pet Select has a sampler set where you can get 8 different toys. This is a great way to get a variety of different toys for your rabbit to play with, then you can see what your rabbit likes best and keep getting them those toys.
- Hanging toys: Hanging mobile toys are not included in the toy sampler set, but they are often some of the toys my rabbit has the most fun with, so I recommend getting some of these for your rabbit too.
- Food dispenser ball: This is my rabbit’s absolute favorite toy! It’s a type of puzzle toy that you hide treats inside of and give it to your rabbit. I actually use these dispenser balls to give my rabbit her daily pellets. It’s great for helping rabbit slow down their eating and use their natural foraging instincts when eating their food.
- Hiding house: It’s really important to make sure your rabbit has places to hide. This will help them feel safe and comfortable in their environment. I like the WARE rabbit den because it’s pretty big, but also fits nicely in my rabbit’s enclosure. This will work for rabbits up to about 7 or 9 pounds. For larger rabbits you’ll need to get products made for cats.
- Cat tree: Many rabbits like to get different vantage points by hopping up onto platforms. I got this Trixie Cat Tree because it’s short enough that I don’t have to worry about my rabbit falling off and it has a little hiding house on the bottom too.
- Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray: You can use Grannick’s Bitter Apple on baseboards to deter your rabbit from chewing on them. It will make the baseboards taste bad to your rabbit. For this product to work you’ll have to reapply it pretty frequently, at least every few days, so it’s best used in an area your rabbit doesn’t have constant access to.
- Carlson Pet Gate: My old roommate had this gate for her rabbits and it worked really well. The bars were close enough together that even her small rabbits could get through. I made the mistake of getting a different brand that was cheaper, only to find out that my rabbit could slip right through the bars.
- Wire covers: Rabbits love to chew through wires. To keep your rabbit safe, you need to cover your wires with these plastic coverings.
- DIY cube fencing: These cube fences are actually very versatile. They can be used to keep your rabbit out of areas where they shouldn’t be and you can use them along the perimeter of the room to keep your rabbit away from the baseboards.
- Flexible cat scratchers: Use these cat scratcher mats in corners and around the legs of furniture to keep your rabbit from chewing. You can also use them as mats to cover areas where your rabbit tends to dig into the carpet.
- Plastic mats: These are a durable way to keep your rabbit from digging into the carpet. While other mats will eventually have to be replaced, these plastic mats can withstand rabbit nails pretty much forever.
- Yesterday’s News litter: Paper based litter is best to use for rabbits because it is absorbent, and it’s safe if rabbits end up eating a little of it. I like Yesterday’s News because it also does a good job at odor control.
- Large litter box: Rather than getting a small corner litter box that’s often marketed to small animals, I recommend getting a large cat litter box. This will be a lot for comfortable for your rabbit to sit in, and it can even help improve your rabbit’s litter box habits.
- Nail Clippers: I recommend using these small manual clippers rather than the automatic ones. It will give you more control when clipping your rabbit’s nails. I also recommend replacing your clippers every few years to make sure they remain sharp.
- Hair Buster Comb: The Hair Buster definitely works best at getting all that loose fur off of your rabbit. It even grabs the fur stuck on the undercoat. The only problem I find is that some rabbits don’t like the feeling of being brushed with this and will run away whenever it’s time for grooming.
- Grooming Mitt: The grooming mitt is a little gentler than the Hair Buster. Rabbits are less likely to protest when you groom them with this. However, it is not as effective as the Hair Buster comb.
- Clicker: If you want to train your rabbit to do any complicated tricks, you’ll need to clicker train them. Getting one of these clickers that has a soft sound (so it doesn’t startle your rabbit) is incredibly helpful.
- High-Value Treats: To keep your rabbit motivated when they’re learning a new trick you have to give them treats they’ll love. I recommend cutting these dried fruit treats into small pieces to use as high-value rewards.
- Jumping Hurdles: If you’re ready to bring your rabbit’s training to the next level, consider getting these jumping hurdles. You can start to train your rabbit how to dash through exciting agility courses.