Once you get a rabbit hutch for your bunny, the time will come to shop for rabbit accessories to make your hutch as comfortable as possible for your bunny. The problem is that there are so many items that may catch your eyes, all sold as must-have items for your rabbit. Which should you buy and which should you ignore?
This post will help you see which items are really necessary for the welfare of your rabbit and which items will likely be a waste of money. The truth is that you don’t need every rabbit toy or accessory on the market, and neither does your pet. One of the best examples of what I see as a useless item are the variety of rabbit clothes that are on sale in virtually every pet store.
List of Accessories Your Rabbit Needs
Habitat-Rabbits do not need clothes. They have a thick, natural, fur that is quite enough. Unless you’re looking to take pictures of your rabbit dressed in cute vests and boots, there is really no need for any of these rabbit clothes. What you bunny really need is just a comfortable home, treats, toys, and proper rabbit food.
Comfortable rabbit bed– Your bunny must have a comfortable place to sleep in. Don’t think that you can make a rabbit bed by sticking a few pieces of straw in a pile. You can get a well made bed for a few dollars. It’s worth it.
Dropping Pan– One more item that will make life better for your pet and for you too is a dropping pan. This isn’t just more sanitary, but also makes it easier to clean. Remember, a rabbit can be trained to go to the bathroom in one area of its home, so a dropping pan can be a great addition to any hutch or rabbit cage.
Rabbit Toys– You should also make sure to give your pet a variety of rabbit toys. Rabbits are playful creatures so this is very important. One excellent and cheap rabbit toy is the Peter’s Woven Grass Play Ball, but there are plenty more. You should make sure that any toy you buy is safe for your pet to chew on.
Rabbit Harnes- Putting your pet bunny in a rabbit harness and lead is just the same as taking a dog for a walk. Rabbits, just like other household pets such as a cat or dog can be trained and taken out for walkies on a leash. Not everyone has the luxury of a large garden or safe place to allow their rabbit to run around. The next best thing is to exercise them on a lead using a rabbit harness.
Rabbits are highly intelligent animals and as such are curious about everything and love exploring. Walking your pet on a leash will give them stimulation and play as well as great exercise, very important aspects to keep your pets fit and healthy.
There are a number of rabbit harness and lead systems available but they all do basically the same thing. A harness is much more suitable than say a cat collar would be. These arrangements fit either like a waistcoat on the rabbits body or the other kind slip onto the body very similar to fitting reins on a horse or the kind of reins you can get to fit onto a human toddler when they are first learning to walk.
A comfortable but not too tight nor too loose fit is important because you do not want to make your pet uncomfortable in the harness and of course you have to ensure it doesn’t allow your pet to wriggle out of it and run off. The ‘strap’ type rabbit harness in often the best choice purely because of the adjustability of the various straps to create a better and more secure fit to the rabbit’s body.
Now that you have all the rabbit accessories in your pet’s hutch, it’s time to just have fun with your new, small friend.