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8 Unsafe Rabbit Products

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

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You should avoid buying these bunny products for your pet rabbits. While there's no need to go overboard on safety precautions, it's essential to be aware of some common rabbit items that can harm your beloved bunny.

In this post, we'll cover everything from litter boxes and toys to cages and food—plus some unexpected items that you think are good for them.

Lift of Unsafe Rabbit Products

Here is a list of rabbit products that are toxic and unsafe for your furry friend!

1. Rabbit collars

Do not use plastic or nylon collars for your rabbits! If you have a rabbit, it's important to remember that they are not dogs and should not have collars. This product is dangerous for a rabbit because it can cause injury to your pet's neck and spine.

If you are traveling with your bunny and want to stroll around the place, make sure that you will buy something that supports the body and is not too tight for your bunny. Shoulder harnesses are perfect for that!

2. Cages

We promote free-roaming bunnies so they can exercise, enjoy, and play. If you are adopting a rabbit, you must be prepared for it, so you don't have to use cages unless you are fostering baby rabbits that need to be kept in smaller places until it's safe for them to roam freely.

3. Products Containing Pine and Cedar

An example of this is pine and cedar shavings. Pine is a common ingredient in many household products, but it's toxic to rabbits because of phenols. When inhaled, these chemicals can cause liver damage in rabbits, so avoiding using anything containing pine around your bunny is best.

Aside from pine, don't use clumping cat litter as your bunny may eat some of it. It is safer if you provide your bunny a newspaper shavings.

4. Mixed Treats with Seeds

Some mixed treats have dried corn which is dangerous for bunnies as it might cause digestive problems. It may look fun to eat because it's colorful, but it contains sugary contents, which are unhealthy for rabbits. A healthy alternative is dried fruit, but ensure it has no added sugar and is a hundred percent natural.

5. Small Litter Box

There are many small litter boxes or just-enough-size litter boxes in the market. The most important routine for your bunny is pooping–using a small litter box will make the routine uncomfortable and can also cause sore hocks.

It's better to buy a big litter box so your bunny can comfortably move or sit on it.

6. Instant Shampoo

Some companies sell instant shampoo for pet rabbits. Don't you know that rabbits can groom themselves? If your bunny has a weird smell, its skin might have a problem, and using an instant shampoo worsens the situation. Consulting your vet is better than buying this product.

7. Chew Toys

Chew toys entertain pet rabbits, but you need to know there are unsafe chew toys for them.

Many toys out there are labeled "for bunnies," and they may even look cute—but they could be harmful to your pet.

Be especially careful with ones made of painted wood as these can contain chemicals that can leach out over time and harm your bunny's health. Do not buy tiny toys because your bunny can ingest them and can cause gastrointestinal problems.

8. Critter Pops

Critter pops have no health benefits for your buns and can also damage their digestive system leading to a life-threatening situation. Despite companies knowing that it would cause harm to bunnies, they still sell it. A safe alternative for this is a toilet cardboard roll with hay inside. This one always works!

Healthy Treats for Rabbits

  • Bell peppers

  • Apricot

  • Banana

  • Blueberries

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Pears

  • Pineapple

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon

Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits. We volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, did extensive pet product research, and asked experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.

Final Thoughts on Unsafe Rabbit Products

There you go! We've listed 8 unsafe rabbit products for you!

Bunny parents, be careful with the supplies you buy for your pet rabbits. They deserve the best and most premium products. They should be well-taken care of and you can't do that when you keep buying things that will harm them.

These products might not take effect immediately, but they will, in the following days, weeks, or months.

We hope this blog helped your quest to keep your rabbit safe from toxic products.

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