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The 10 Best Bedding For Rabbits

Rabbits feel most at ease and at home when their home is similar to a natural burrow. You can help your pet feel safe and at ease by giving them a safe place to stay in your home. But if you want the experience to be really great, you'll need to give them a lot of comfortable bedding for rabbits.

When you choose the best bedding for rabbits, they will always feel safe and cared for. Plus, it makes it easier to keep their cages clean and avoid accidents when they are learning to go potty.

But do you know how to pick the best bedding for rabbits? BestForPets (bestforpets.org) will talk about everything you need to know about rabbit bedding, including a helpful buyer's guide for both new and experienced rabbit owners.

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Oxbow Small Animal Pure Comfort Bedding

It can feel like a cat-and-mouse game to try to find the best rabbit bedding. When you find one that seems perfect, it’s either too expensive, too dirty, or no longer for sale.

That means that the best rabbit bedding should have all of the qualities and features you’re looking for and nothing should be missing.

From our point of view, the Oxbow Pure Comfort Small Animal Bedding is like a needle in a haystack: it’s cheap, works well, and is safe.

But when you consider that it’s grown in the United States and is vet-approved, it’s easy to see why we chose it as our number one choice for rabbit bedding.

In short, this bedding from Oxbow is very absorbent, has almost no dust, and controls smells very well, making it the best choice for almost every rabbit owner.

All in all, we think this is the best bedding for rabbits that live both inside and outside.

Pros

  • Made of 100% pure paper that has never been printed on.
  • Friendly to the environment
  • No health risk if eaten by your rabbit.
  • Very little dust
  • Up to 800% of its own weight in water.
  • Space-saving packaging saves on shipping costs

Cons

  • Long-haired rabbits’ coats may get stuck with bits of small, fluffy fluff.

 

Food-Grade Rabbit Hole Hay Bedding

We were especially impressed by how well this low-cost rabbit bedding from a company that isn’t as well-known did.

Rabbit Hole Hay says it worked with a company that makes paper bedding to make the best bedding for small pets, and we’re inclined to agree.

This bedding comes in large packages that aren’t too expensive. It can absorb up to six times its own weight, so it keeps odors at bay even if you don’t change your bedding very often. If your rabbit has accidents in its bedding, this may be the best bedding for the money to keep it clean and healthy.

This soft, comfortable bedding is made from 100% virgin paper that was harvested in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment. It is also 99.9% dust-free, which is a big plus.

If you or anyone else in your home has allergies, it may be the best choice out of all the bedding we looked at.

Pros

  • Paper that is soft and comfortable is great for rabbits who like to build nests.
  • Six times its own weight
  • 99.9% dust free
  • Made from 100% virgin paper, which is good for the environment.
  • Excellent price

Cons

  • When a package is big, it costs more to ship.

 

Natural Corn Cob Bedding from Sunseed

The Sunseed Natural Corn Cob Bedding is denser and more expensive than any other bedding we looked at. One thing that makes it stand out is that it can be used for both rabbit bedding and rabbit litter.

Most recycled paper products are made to be used either as bedding or as litter, but rarely can they be used for both. This product from Sunseed is made of 100% corn cobs, so it can be used for either or both.

It is a good choice for smaller enclosures or when your rabbit is learning to use the litter box.

It’s not quite as soft and squishy as some of the other beddings we tried. It’s a good choice if you want to save space with a versatile bed/litter combo, but if you want the most comfort, look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Convenient bedding that can also be used as litter
  • 100% biodegradable
  • USA-grown corn cob is grown and picked in a sustainable way.
  • No additives, colorants, or dangerous pesticides

Cons

  • Paper beds are more comfortable.
  • Not as absorbent as bedding with more fluff

 

Carefresh Pet Beds for Small Animals

The Carefresh Small Animal Bedding is the most environmentally friendly product we looked at because it is made from reclaimed paper fibers that are renewable, biodegradable, and compostable.

Their comfyfluff material lives up to its name. It can soak up three times as much liquid as wood shavings. The longer it stays dry, the happier and healthier your rabbit will be, even if you change the bedding less often.

The only bad thing? Even if you buy a lot of it, it’s a little on the pricey side. At the end of the day, we like it as an eco-friendly choice for people who are bothered by where other bedding is made.

Pros

  • Material made from recycled paper fibers can break down and be put in a compost pile.
  • Odor control can mask the smell of ammonia for up to 10 days.
  • Wood shavings are half as absorbent as this.
  • dust-free almost all of the time
  • The most environmentally friendly option for bedding

Cons

  • Most other paper beddings are cheaper.

 

Vitakraft Fresh World Pet Bedding for Small Animals

With its rolled paper design, this paper bedding fits between soft, fluffy paper bedding and the more dense style of corn cob bedding.

It is made of 100% recycled paper pulp and is a good mix of softness and absorbency. Owners with more than one rabbit may find it especially appealing.

We like the Vitakraft Fresh World bedding for small animals because it’s cheaper than other bedding/litter combinations.

Even though it’s not as soft as some other paper beddings, the price is hard to beat, which makes it a great choice for anyone who needs to cover a large bed or litter box.

Pros

  • A cheap combination of bedding and litter
  • 100% recycled paper is good for the environment.
  • 5% dust-free
  • Not at all dangerous

Cons

  • Not as comfortable as beddings that are softer.
  • Not as absorbent as litters made for that purpose

 

Kaytee Clean & Cozy Scent Pet Bedding for Small Animals

Doesn’t lavender smell nice? It is soothing and pleasant to smell for people. This might make you think it would be a good idea to cover up the smell of your rabbit’s home with a natural scent, but from what we’ve seen, this isn’t a good idea.

See, rabbits’ noses and lungs are much more sensitive and sensitive to smell than ours are. What smells good to us might smell bad or even be irritating to our rabbits.

Even though this bedding seems like a good choice in every other way, we don’t recommend using anything that has a scent, whether it’s natural or added. If you are worried about smells, clean your rabbit’s bedding and replace it more often.

Pros

  • Not dusty and able to soak up
  • Decent price

Cons

  • Rabbits can be very upset by any scented bedding.
  • Encourages not changing the bedding as often

 

Small Animal Bedding Living World Pine Shavings

There’s a bit of a debate about whether or not softwoods should be used as rabbit bedding or litter. Some doctors say that properly dried, kilned wood is fine to use as litter, but other doctors disagree.

Even though the jury is still out on whether or not any particular softwood bedding is safe for rabbits, we’d rather be safe than risk our rabbits’ health.

This bedding isn’t cheaper or better than the others on our list, and we wouldn’t suggest using softwood shavings for your rabbits.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Softwoods may not be safe for rabbits to sleep on.
  • If not dried properly, it could hurt your lungs, kidneys, or liver.

Conclusion

For the best bedding for rabbitsThe Oxbow Pure Comfort Small Animal Bedding is hard to beat when it comes to comfort, ease of use, and bunny safety. It is by far the best rabbit bedding we tried during our reviews, and BestForPets (bestforpets.org) strongly recommend it for any home with a rabbit.

The Rabbit Hole Hay Food Grade Bedding is a great choice for anyone on a tight budget because it is soft, fluffy, and can be stretched. With this bedding, a little goes a long way, and even the smaller pack will last a single rabbit for a few months.

Buyer's Guide - Choosing the Best Bedding for Rabbits

Want to learn more about how to pick the best bedding for your rabbit? Each of the sections that follow will go into detail about an important part of the bedding.

This will help you know everything you need to know before you decide what kind of bedding to buy.

Different kinds of bedding

There are many different things you can use as bedding for your rabbit, and each has its own pros and cons. These things are:

Hay is warm and can be eaten, but it usually costs more than other types of bedding.

Straw is another option for bedding that can be eaten. It costs less than fresh hay and can get dustier.

Wood shavings are cheap and good at absorbing water, but they may not be the most comfortable thing for your rabbit’s feet.

Paper pulp is very absorbent and good for the environment, but it can be hard to clean up after it has been used.

Cardboard has the advantage of being easy to find and cheap, but your rabbit won’t be as comfortable in it. It works best when it’s added to softer bedding.

Pellets made of wood or paper are very absorbent, but it’s hard to get them out of your rabbit’s cage because they’re so heavy.

Fleece blankets are soft and can be used more than once, but they can be a pain to clean more than once a week.

Important Qualities

We recommend that you look for bedding with the following five qualities, no matter what kind you choose:

Make sure that your rabbit’s bedding can soak up water. This is especially important when you are trying to teach your rabbit where to go to the bathroom and where to sleep, because they may not know which part of their cage is the bathroom and which part is their bed.

Even well-trained rabbits have accidents sometimes, and bedding that soaks up the mess makes it easy to clean.

Even though rabbits are usually very clean pets, make sure you choose bedding that won’t smell if your rabbit has an accident while potty training.

It’s important to make sure the bedding is free of dust. Rabbits’ respiratory systems are very sensitive, and even a small amount of dust in their bedding can make them sick.

There are lots of eco-friendly bedding options at reasonable prices, so there’s no reason to use materials that hurt forests or fields.

Lastly, make sure the bedding you choose for your rabbit is comfortable. That means it can’t have any sharp edges, smells, or dust that will bother your rabbit, and it should be soft enough for your rabbit to lay on.

What NOT to Use as Bedding

Most soft, natural materials are safe for rabbits to sleep on, but there are a few you should never use.

You can’t give your rabbit cedar shavings or other shavings with a strong smell. The strong smells of these woods come from their high levels of phenols, which are aromatic molecules that can hurt your rabbit’s liver and nervous system.

In short, you should stay away from bedding that smells strongly of real wood.

It’s also important to stay away from very dusty bedding. As was already said, sawdust and other small particles can easily hurt the sensitive respiratory systems of rabbits. Look for bedding that says it doesn’t collect dust.

Lastly, you shouldn’t use old newspapers as rabbit bedding. Even though newspapers and other printed materials are fine to use in a litter box because they are absorbent, the ink in them can make your rabbit sick if it eats them.

Rabbit bedding: How to Use It

Setting up a bed for your rabbit can be quick and easy. Watch this step-by-step video to learn how to use materials as rabbit bedding from an expert:

How often should you change the bedding for your rabbit?

Since rabbits like to build and rearrange their beds, it’s best not to change it too often. You could add a little more bedding once a week and clean up any scraps that your rabbit doesn’t want to use.

Once a month or after an accident in the bathroom, you should clean your rabbit’s bedding and give it a fresh start.

During the spring, when your rabbit is shedding, you can change their bedding more often to stop them from eating their own hair.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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