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Old 03-24-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
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I'm new to owning rabbits, so obviously I grabbed the first inexpensive bedding i could find for Remmy's cage which was a bag full of gray paper pellets. I'm not sure what to think of it, though as it absorbs water well enough, but it was probably 15 dollars for a medium sized bag which only held one cage full. What do you guys use? Is he going to mistake the paper pellets for food?



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At first I bought bedding too and found out tht I didn't bed it after all lol. So in the cage I have, litterbox (where I ended up putting the leftover bedding, but now has equine line pellets in it), extra water, fun box, hay, and a hand towel. But you really don't need to have bedding bc they'll confuse it with the litter box.

But yes Buster has eaten some beddin before but he doesn't munch on it. He just...umm...taste tested it lol!



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Is Remmy a Californian or a Himalayan?

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At first I bought bedding too and found out tht I didn't bed it after all lol. So in the cage I have, litterbox (where I ended up putting the leftover bedding, but now has equine line pellets in it), extra water, fun box, hay, and a hand towel. But you really don't need to have bedding bc they'll confuse it with the litter box.

But yes Buster has eaten some beddin before but he doesn't munch on it. He just...umm...taste tested it lol!
Remmy is a Californian! I got him from a friend at an FFA sale, they couldn't find anyone to buy him and he was super sweet!! I have him in an elevated wooden pen that i made outside (tin roof to keep the rain out, chicken wire to keep the cats out) and all i've got in there right now is a little shelter that he likes to lay under and some food dishes and a water bottle. i need to clean out the bedding, but i'm not sure what kind to get! The floor of the cage is wooden so i figure he needs some kind of bedding. Or should i just opt for litter-training?
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It would be a really good idea to litter train. The wood floor will just keep absorbing pee into it, if you just keep bedding on it. Plus you have to use a lot more bedding. Just get a cat litter box, or you can even use a plastic bin of some sort. Make sure it's big enough that your rabbit can comfortably use it. The cheapest litters to use are pine or wood stove pellets. You can get 40 lb bags of pine pellets(for horses) at feed or tractor supply stores, usually for around $7. Wood stove pellets are even cheaper, but I don't know if you can get them in Texas. You can also use the pine shavings, which are also pretty cheap, but you have to make sure to get the kiln dried ones, so that there aren't the oils in them that cause respiratory problems with rabbits.

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most folks opt for litter training and don't use bedding. I use pine pellets from a feed store - you can get 40 lbs for $5-7. pine SHAVINGS are a huge no-no, but pine pellets are kiln-dried, which removes the phenols (the things that make pine toxic).

since he's an outdoor rabbit, if you feel the need to give him bedding for warmth/snuggling in addition to using litter of some sort in the litter box, then I recommend picking up a bale of straw at the feed store - straw is a great insulator. a bale of it is super cheap and will last you a LONG time.

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I don't really use bedding either. Bandit is in an outdoor hutch, the bottom of it is part wood, part wire mesh. I lay newspaper over the whole lot to make cleaning easier (and to prevent sore hocks on the wire). He has a litter tray with recycled paper pellets and hay in it. Then I also put large handfuls of hay down in the 'inside' section of his hutch, he seems to build little forts out of the newspaper and hay and structures it how he likes. I was putting a towel in there, but I found he was putting holes in it. As it starts to get colder, I will probably ball up pieces of newspaper and also put more hay down so he's nice and cosy.

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Awesome, i'll litter train him immediately! thanks everyone!

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OH! Youre in Houston! Hey buddy!!!! At Tractor supply, that's where I get the "equine horse pellets" and theyre a big bag for $4.99!!!! My dad just went to an FFA auction out in Madisonville, and bought rabbits and brought me one home lol. He's the funniest man. So I was trying to compare the two bc I cant tell a Californian and a Himalayan apart... Remmy sure is a cutie pie!

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OH! Youre in Houston! Hey buddy!!!! At Tractor supply, that's where I get the "equine horse pellets" and theyre a big bag for $4.99!!!! My dad just went to an FFA auction out in Madisonville, and bought rabbits and brought me one home lol. He's the funniest man. So I was trying to compare the two bc I cant tell a Californian and a Himalayan apart... Remmy sure is a cutie pie!
Yay, Houston! I'll have to check out Tractor Supply, i didn't even think of it! I got Remmy at the FFA show that i was showing sheep and goats at, had a friend who couldn't get rid of him and I just knew he'd love it at my home! Yeah, i looked up Himalayan rabbits and Californians and it looks like himalayan rabbits are more... hare-like? their faces look longer, but i don't know they look a whole lot alike!


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