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What supplies do I need for my new rabbit?

So you've bought a rabbit! What next? What kind of cage? What food? What supplies?

Here is my list of items I would buy if I were purchasing a pet for my home. Please note that some items you may be able to find in your home (like water and food crocks, a litter box container, some kind of enclosed exercise area), and some things you may not think you need until there's an emergency (like the Critical Care supplement).

But I would definitely recommend having a cage, litter tray bedding, food, feed/water containers, and hay on Day One. (And keep bunny away from electrical cords!)

After that you can add the litter box, Critical Care with syringe, grooming kit, and exercise pen. Please be sure to read my Pet Care Sheet for more details on these items, and advice on how to treat your new pet.

(For your convenience, all of the below items are available and linked to either or

Cage: This is a wire-bottomed cage which will allow the bunny to stay clean. You can use this without a litter box if you don't mind cleaning the whole tray regularly. It also opens nicely in front to allow your pet to come in and out on its own. Place away from direct sun, and keep in mind bunnies do not do well in temperatures above 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit, so provide A/C or a fan when it's hot.

Rabbit food: Oxbow is a great brand. Be sure to switch to the adult version when your bunny turns six months old. Feed 1/4 to 1/2 cup per day, or per your vet's instructions.

Timothy hay: Be sure to buy timothy hay, not alfalfa, and feed a big handful each day.

Order 9 lb size for a better deal.

Exercise Pen: Great to attach to cage for optimal habitat set-up, allowing bunny to go in and out. This one is 30 inches high. Please note bunnies can jump higher than that, and if you have an active pet, you will need to supervise. If you prefer to keep your bunny in one room, an exercise pen is a nice option to allow it a contained play area with more space than its cage. If you want to free-roam your bunny, an exercise pen is the transition step.

Bedding for tray and litter box: You can find this at Tractor Supply, it is pelleted pine horse bedding. It smells good, costs very little, and lasts forever! The bag is 40 lbs. Spread this on the bottom of your tray/box and you're good to go! Replace as needed.

Food bowl: (Heavy enough to not be tipped over!)

Litter Box: If you want to free-roam, or if you prefer to clean a small litter box rather than a whole cage tray, then definitely litter-train your bunny! It's not hard. Check out the Pet Care Sheet for details. (This is my favorite litter box for a very small bunny, but my all-time favorite box is this one!)

Critical Care supplement for bunnies off their feed: If your bun stops eating, you will need to help it along by syringe-feeding (or use a straw) with this product. It's not hard, and it can save a rabbit's life.

Syringe for feeding: Cut the end off the tip if you need a bigger opening, and insert in side of mouth.

Cheerios: Give 5-10 each day. If your bunny doesn't eat them, it's an early warning sign that it' not feeling well.

Congratulations! You made it to the Cheerio bowl! If you have questions that aren't answered in this post, please check the Pet Care Sheet, or feel free to contact me through my site email, Thanks so much!

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