What bedding to use for your rabbit is a widely debated topic, some people swear by fleece while others use nothing but wood flooring and newspaper. For this article, we will be going over four different types of bedding commonly used for rabbits, and the pros and cons of each of them. Depending on what kind of litter you choose to use for your rabbit, make sure to avoid pine and cedar bedding as these can cause respiratory problems for your rabbit.
Fleece is the most commonly used bedding for rabbits, being that it is easy to clean and because you change the pattern based on the season. If you want to use fleece, you will need to see if your bunny nibbles on fleece, because you may not like the appearance of fleece when it has holes all over because your bunny got a little curious. I don’t use fleece because Hadley enjoys chewing up the fleece and it didn’t look very nice.
Pros: Appealing to the eye, in winter can help keep your bunny warm,
Cons: Expensive, can be difficult to get stains out, if your rabbit has accidents, you will have to change frequently, not absorbent (can be fixed by putting absorbent pads underneath)
I only recently discovered foam mats, but I can safely say that I love them. With foam mats, you face the same risk of your rabbit ripping them up, but I solved that by wrapping duct tape along the edges (that's where Hadley commonly chewed) and they no longer ripped it up. Foam Mats can also help prevent sore hocks because it is a cushioned surface that the bunny will walk on.
Pro: affordable, easy to clean, prevents sore hocks,
Con: can be ripped up, not very sturdy (can be fixed with duct tape), can look ugly
Tile is not recommended as permanent bedding for your rabbit, because as they walk on it there back legs splay out and if that happens for a prolonged period, it can cause problems. Tile can be perfect bedding for small portions of the rabbits home. If you use fleece, you can put tile slabs around the litter box, so if they have accidents, it can be easily cleaned up.
Pro: can help cool down your bun in the summer, easy to clean, affordable
Con: can cause leg problems, some bunnies don’t like to step on them
Not many people use carefresh as permanent bedding, most commonly the people that use carefresh as bedding are the ones that keep them in cages. Some do use carefresh as a litter box bedding, but because it doesn’t absorb smell very well, they tend to stray away from it.
Pro: easy to change
Con: Expensive, gets stuck in bunny fur, not suitable for free roam rabbits, doesn’t absorb the smell.
*Hadley- Female, 2 years, Loves everything she can't have