Congratulations on your New Pet Rabbit!Having a new pet can be exciting and confusing, so we are here to help. You want to provide the best care possible for your small animal, which is why our experts have compiled this list of must-haves for your new pet. Rabbits are unique animals that require specific care from their pet parents. Everything from food to habitats should be purchased for your pet rabbit’s specific needs. Larger rabbits will have different needs than dwarf rabbits, and long hair rabbits will need different care than short hair rabbits.
A great place to get started is with our new pet checklist for your pet rabbit. All that you need for a rabbit can be found in our Kaytee Complete Kit, and because you also want to provide your rabbit with entertainment, the best nutrition, and an enriching life, check out these products below your pet will love.
Habitat – Shop All Habitats Here
Whether you choose to keep your pet rabbit in a hutch or a habitat indoors, it is important to provide them with enough space. They should feel safe and protected without being cramped in a small area. Find what fits best for the size of your pet, how many pets you will have, and the area of your home where the habitat will be located. Kaytee offers a variety of habitat options to fit your pet rabbit’s needs.
Pet Parent Tip: Some rabbits can be litter trained. If you plan to litter train your pet rabbit, make sure you get a habitat large enough to comfortably fit a corner litter pan like these.
Bedding – Shop All Bedding Here
Bedding options include Clean & Cozy paper bedding, soft granule blend, aspen bedding, pine bedding, and wood pellets. Rabbits love the softness of Kaytee Clean & Cozy paper bedding and you’ll love the absorbency. Clean & Cozy absorbs two times more liquid than wood shavings, keeping habitats and pets dryer. If paper bedding is not right for you, you can choose a soft granule blend or Aspen or Pine wood shavings for your rabbit’s habitat.
Water Bottle – Shop All Water Bottles Here
Water bottles are essential to provide rabbits with the proper hydration. Make sure you get the right size for your rabbit. Your pet should be able to easily drink out of it without having to extend too high or climb onto something to reach the water bottle. They will need to drink water many times a day to stay healthy and hydrated.
Pet Parent Tip: Always make sure your pet rabbit’s water bottle has clean, fresh water. Change water daily. When in a habitat, your pet’s only water resource is you!
Food – Shop All Food Here
Rabbits require unique nutrition. Food options from Kaytee include: basic food (Kaytee Supreme), gourmet variety diet food (Kaytee Fiesta), healthy support diet food (Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health), or our premium Timothy high fiber diet food (Kaytee Timothy Complete). It is important to choose food specifically designed for your rabbit’s nutrition. Pet rabbits need foods that are high fiber and corn free to support digestive health. They also need food that will support dental health, like hay or crunchy food pellets to help keep teeth trim.
Food Dish – Shop All Food Dishes Here
As rabbits move around their habitat, food can become contaminated with droppings or bedding. It is best to keep food contained in a dish. There are food dishes for pellets and food pieces. For hay, try using a manger, hay buffet feeder, or rolling hay feeder. These hay holders help keep the many pieces in place as animals feed.
Treats, Chews, and Toys – Shop All Treats, Chews, and Toys Here
Animals need entertainment and enrichment throughout the day. Toys and chews for rabbits are a great way to keep your pet rabbit happy. It is important to provide love and attention to your pet often, but while you’re away, chews and toys can make your pet very happy as well.
Not only do chews provide entertainment to your new pet, they are also important for pet dental health. Keeping teeth trim is essential for animals to be able to properly eat. Chews are a safe way for animals to keep their teeth trim while having some fun, too!
Treats can be used to train pets or create a pet parent and pet bond. Please note that small animals have little stomachs so treats should be given in moderation.
Pet parent tip: You can create entertainment and fun for your pet by doing some DIY treats. For example, freeze their favorite treats in ice cube trays over the summer as a way to keep rabbits entertained and cool during hot months. Or, hang your rabbit's favorite chew and a treat in a kabob to keep them entertained while you’re away at work.