If you are planning on bringing home a new pet rabbit, then you will want to prepare.
While pet rabbits are adorable and low maintenance, there are some definite must have items that you will want to shop for before you bring your new pet home.
After all, a new pet rabbit can be quite messy, but if you prepare properly, then you won’t have much to worry about.
Some things to think about when it comes to a new pet rabbit is whether you are going to allow them to roam freely or be inside of a large cage.
Your new pet rabbit will need plenty of space for exercise and movement.
Will you litter-train your new pet rabbit? If so, consider a few litter boxes instead of just one.
If you are creating a list of items, then be sure to add these 15 must have items to your pet rabbit shopping list.
#1 – Housing For Your Pet Rabbit.
Even if you plan on having a rabbit that is able to roam your home, you will want to have a safe place for your pet rabbit to be when you need to leave for a bit.
This may require either an exercise pen, condo, cage, or bunny gate.
The idea is for there to be a place that they can go where you won’t have to worry about them chewing or getting stuck somewhere while they are unattended.
#2 – Food And Water Station.
While some pet rabbit owners choose to have some heavy bowls set out for food and water, we recommend water bottles that reduce the mess and keep the water pure and clean.
Additionally, you will want a place for hay, there are many hay feeders available.
#3 – Pet Carrier
There will be times when you need to take your pet rabbit to the veterinarian, or with you when you travel.
Therefore, you will want a hard-sided pet carrier that has a top and front opening.
Ensure that your pet carrier is not collapsible and keep it somewhere easily accessible in case there is an emergency.
You may want to line your pet carrier with a soft blanket and some hay for comfort.
#4 – Care Instructions and FAQ
Whether you purchase a book, or make one, there may come a time when you need to leave your pet rabbit in the care of someone else for a while.
Having a care instructions manual or FAQ sheet on hand will allow you the freedom of leaving with very little notice if necessary.
#5 – Litter Box
Your pet rabbit is litter box trainable.
If you have a larger home, or your pet rabbit has access to a larger portion of your home, you may want 2 litter boxes.
One litter box should be where they spend the majority of their time, some place close to their feeding station, and the other should be located in other areas that your pet rabbit explores.
#6 – Litter
While it seems obvious that if you have litter boxes, you will need litter, there are several different types of litter on the market.
You will want to avoid litters made of clay or soft woods, and make sure that there is a little hay in the litter box for comfort.
Your bunny will want something to chew on while they do their business.
#7 – Hay
Since pet rabbits eat constantly, you will want to have a steady supply of hay on hand and make sure they never run out of it.
The majority of rabbit owners choose either Timothy, Orchard, or Meadow hays.
If your pet rabbit is younger than 7 months old, then you may want to include alfalfa hay in small quantities for the protein and calcium.
#8 – Fresh Vegetables
Your pet rabbit should have access to a variety of fresh vegetables every day.
Check out our guide on what to feed and what not to feed your pet rabbit here.
Otherwise, make sure that your pet rabbit’s main source of food is hay.
Your pet bunny should have access to several leafy green vegetables on a daily basis.
While Peter Rabbit may have enjoyed carrots, your pet rabbit will enjoy the tops more, and they are healthier for them.
Stay away from high-carb vegetables such as potatoes.
#9 – Pellets
Your pet rabbit will need a daily serving of rabbit pellets every day.
They should get about ¼ cup of pellets per 5 lbs. of body weight.
#10 – Toys
A pet rabbit’s teeth never stop growing, so they will need plenty of things to chew on to help them maintain the health of their teeth.
This includes wood and cardboard toys that are readily available on the market.
#11 – Rabbit Proofing Supplies
Especially if your pet rabbit is free roaming in your home, you will want to protect your household from the normal chewing habits that your pet rabbit will have.
Cords, wires, and chargers will need to be covered with clear plastic tubing.
#12 – Grooming and Cleaning Supplies
Your pet rabbit will need to be brushed, often.
Since pet rabbits molt a few times a year, it is important to keep them well brushed so that the molting process doesn’t happen all at once.
Additionally, you will want a nail clipper, and flea protection.
#13 – Medical Supplies
It may be a good idea to have a pet rabbit first aid kit with emergency supplies on hand just in case you aren’t able to get to a veterinarian right away.
This isn’t a replacement for the vet but might come in handy if you have an emergency.
This might include the following:
- Thermometer & Lubricant for the Thermometer
- Heating and Cooling Packs
- Infant Gas Drops
- Oral Syringes
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Q-Tips and Cotton Balls
- Gauze and Self-adhesive bandages
- Tweezers and Scissors
- Cornstarch, Saline, and a Bulb Syringe
- Rubbing Alcohol
#14 – Vitamins and Other Supplements
While not recommended for normal use, unless recommended by a veterinarian, it may be useful to have a few things on hand in case your vet tells you to use these items in case of emergency.
This may include vitamins for a boost to the immune system, or a can of pure pumpkin for digestive assistance.
#15 – Cleaning Materials
At the end of the day, your pet rabbit will be a little messy.
Keep a special broom and dustpan handy for pet rabbit messes, and some natural cleaners like vinegar on hand in case your rabbit has an accident in a place that isn’t the litter box.
Remember, whether your pet bunny is in a large cage, or roams freely around your home, they require quite a few things for their care.
Even if they roam freely, you will want an area where they can be contained for their safety.
Whether you use a cage, or a bunny gate that keeps them in a single room, they will still need access to plenty of sunlight and an area where they have access to their food, water, vegetables, hay, and pellets at all times.
If you are litter training your pet rabbit, then consider having two or three to start depending on the size of your home.
One litter box should always be next to the food.
Toys will always be necessary for your pet rabbits’ teeth, and don’t forget about care instructions, just in case you have to leave your pet rabbit home with someone else.
An emergency kit, vitamins, and a pet carrier case will help in case you need to take a trip to the vet.
All of the items in our guide will be helpful for your new pet rabbit.