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Bunny Litter That Works

Updated on August 25, 2008

Fellow bunny owners, I have something of a guilty confession to make. In spite of the plethora of somewhat hysterical advice to the contrary, I recently tried Wicket on kitty litter in her cage. There were a couple of reasons for this change. The smell from that box was becoming unbearable even with regular cleaning, almost to the point that I was reconsidering her place as an indoor rabbit, and the advised litters (paper based litters, for the most part) did not absorb the urine or the smell, and she also ate everything in the cage, including the litter, which made me fear blockages if the paper mash were to clog in her digestive system.

The type of litter I am now using is non clumping attapugite clay based litter, and I have to say that so far (two weeks in) it is a huge success. The smell from her cage is much diminished, she doesn't try to eat it, and it makes cleaning the cage out far easier than wiping out sodden newspaper or other paper based litters. There are apparently some health concerns regarding the dust from clay based litters, the main one being an increased susceptibility to pneumonia, but as she lives inside and is well fed and warm, I think the likelihood of her sickening that way is fairly low. Most importantly, the fact that she doesn't try and eat the stuff is a huge bonus in my book.

If you have a house rabbit that you have to live in fairly close quarters with, this type of litter may be effective for you. It is entirely natural, contains no additives and chemicals which could harm the rabbit, but is highly absorbent with good odor control. It is also highly recyclable, you can toss it into the garden after using it, or even compost it for fertilizer later on.

Please note that there is a considerable difference between natural clay based non clumping litter and clumping litter, which can cause blockages if ingested. Though there may be some risk associated with using this type of litter, there are risks with almost all litters, to the point where rabbit owners become frustrated trying to find any litter at all. The common wood shaving litter of cedar and ash apparently releases harmful gases when wet, and cob litter, kitty litter, and paper litter can all cause deadly blockages if ingested.

Odor control is an issue even with the cleanest cage. Rabbit urine is very strong smelling, and unless you plan on changing the box every few hours, it is something you are going to have to contend with. What is the best litter? The best litter is one that controls odor, won't poison your rabbit, and one that your rabbit won't eat. (Unless you are using hay as litter, in which case, you are going to be contending with one heck of a stench.) For some people, that may mean turning to a natural cat litter, which is designed to provide good absorption and odor control at a reasonable price.


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      HunnyBunny 8 years ago

      Hi! Great advice. I'm in the process of looking for more litter. I just can't control the smell of the urine. Have you heard of the shaker litter box. I was thinking....I wonder if you could put a really obsorbent litter in the bottom of the box to absorb the pee and then on top of that add the shaker with a linner on top or hay. The shaker will catch the poo and the urnine will go to the bottom of the box under the shaker.

      Not really sure if that would work. But gotta to try something. UGH. Her stinch is stinking up my house. Love her so much tho!

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      BUNNY LoVeR 8 years ago

      I have found this great liiter at Petco that obsorbs and controls oder very vell. it is also super easy to clean. i have a 3 1/2 pound rabbit which usuals urinates alot with a fowl small but with this litter whoever comes to my house doesnt even know i have a rabbit in my house. the litter i use is 'Green Pet Aspen Supreme Pellets Pet and Bird All Natuaral Litter/Bedding'

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      LyndseyLou 8 years ago

      I just got some called Sweat Scoop from Petsmart. It is all natural wheat liter so it is okay if bun bun decides to try eating it. I think the only problem I have found with using kitty liter is that alough it is easier to clean, I haven't found the perfect scoop yet. Everything has too big of holes and all my bunny poo falls right through!

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      Annie 9 years ago

      What is the brand of litter that you used? It seems to be working for you and I don't want to risk getting the wrong kind! Thanks

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      Jungle Talk 9 years ago

      Very insightful article. I think you best observation is "...there are risks with almost all litters". In our pursuit of keeping happy healthy pets, sometimes just jump on the bandwagon of whatever is being touted as the latest and greatest best, but most things are a balancing act. You succinctly point out the pros and cons of the different types, and let the reader make an informed decision.

      Good job!