Rabbit Supply List

Jul 10, 2011

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What do I need for my house rabbit?

Housing Solution

Will your rabbit have free run of your house 24/7 or will he have some sort of a safe place to be when you’re not home? If it’s the latter, you’ll need an ex-pen, a cage, a condo, a bunny gate, or some other sort of housing set up for him. Visit our Housing FAQ to find out about some options for housing for your bunny.  Don’t forget a soft rug for him to lay on (but make sure he doesn’t chew on it!).

Food & Water Bowls

Buy two heavy crocks for food and water. You’ll also need something to hold his hay; you may want to put his hay into his litter box, or may want to try one of the many cool hay feeders on the market today like this one or this one.

A carrier

You’ll want a hard-sided, top and front opening (non-collapsible) carrier to bring your rabbit to the veterinarian and any other place you may travel. Keep it someplace easily accessible in case of emergency. And don’t forget to put a nice soft blanket in it for comfort!

Care book

We recommend the House Rabbit Handbook, the first, and still the best, book on house rabbit care in the world. Written by Marinell Harriman, the founder of House Rabbit Society, it is based on 25 years of collected knowledge of Harriman and dozens of House Rabbit Society fosterers.

Litter boxes

Depending on how large your home is, and how much space in your home your rabbit will have access to, you should plan to have at least two litterboxes; one for inside of your rabbit’s “home base,” and at least one for outside of it. Plan to clean them as often as they get dirty.

Rabbit-Safe Litter

Avoid litters made of clay and litters made of soft woods.  Check out this great flyer of safe litters for your rabbit!


You’ll want to buy good quality rabbit pellets, made of either alfalfa or timothy, with no added treats or snacks. Learn more about rabbit food.


Your rabbit must have an unlimited supply of Timothy, Grass, Orchard, Meadow, Bermuda, Brome, or other fresh hays! Hay must make up a major part of your rabbit’s diet, and must be fresh and high quality. Want to find out a ton about hay? Visit here!

Fresh Veggies

Your bunny should get fresh veggies every day. See our Bunny-Safe Veggie List to get you started.


Bored rabbits are naughty rabbits. Visit our toy FAQ for ideas on toys for your rabbit!

Rabbit Proofing Supplies

Rabbits chew and your house, or the parts of your house that your rabbit will have access to, will need to be bunny proofed. Split clear plastic tubing and insert telephone cords, wires, etc., or buy pre-slit “cord tamers” in storage sections of home improvement warehouses or the computer section of other stores. Visit our Rabbit Proofing FAQ to find out what you’ll need to do here

Grooming and Cleaning Supplies

You’ll need a nail clipper, a brush and perhaps a comb, styptic powder, Revolution or Advantage (kitten strength) for fleas (if you live where fleas are a problem), and for cleaning, white vinegar (still the simplest and best way to clean up urine), and a broom or whisk broom and a dust pan for accidents.

Medical Supplies

For health emergencies, you might want to keep on hand the following:

  • a digital thermometer with a flexible tip
  • a snuggle safe microwave heated warming disc
  • a feeding syringe (10cc or 35cc catheter tip)
  • 1 cc syringes
  • Critical Care
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • infant gas drops (simethicone)
  • jars of baby food (carrot, banana, apple)
  • a curved tip syringe
  • tweezers
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • Neosporin
  • Vetericyn spray
  • gauze bandages
  • saline eye solution
  • Vaseline or KY Jelly
  • Pedialyte
  • scissorsGet help from your local chapter or HRS educator for how to handle minor health emergencies or to do ongoing care and of course be sure to get to your closest rabbit veterinarian for help!

For online shopping for all your food, hay, housing, toys, medical and other supplies, visit our shopping page!

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