Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Choosing Rabbit Litters

David Neil Warren

Rabbits are socially capable and they are highly intellectual. If they are treated well, and handled properly, they will be able to learn new tricks.

Of course, all rabbit owners prefer having a pet that is trained in the aspect of elimination. Since they usually use litter box, it is appropriate that owners buy the perfect one for their individual pet. Here are some information you need to know:

Are you thinking of buying a clay litter box? Clay is much like the material you use for plants. Like flower pots, they are very dusty and could easily attract dirt, thus, leading to various respiratory diseases. Aside from that, this material is naturally difficult to scrub. Although this may seem to be amongst the cheapest in the market, you will have to do your own work in keeping it spick and span.

Furthermore, when you are looking for clay litters, make sure to stay away from the crystals for controlling odors. These are also known as deodorant crystals. These crystals are made up of artificial substances that are very toxic for rabbits and even people.

Have you ever heard of corn cob litter for rabbits? This litter is very interesting because of its name as well as the source. On the other hand, it is not as functional as you might think. In fact, it could even be dangerous for your beloved pets. They could eat it up, which can cause obstruction of airway, not to mention, it won't be able to control the smell of your rabbit's waste.

Thinking of getting newspapers as your rabbit's litter box? These are great if you want to save up, or if you are thinking of buying a new litter for your pet. But, when it comes to controlling odor, this will not really help you.

There are some litters like that of peat moss, oat and alfalfa-made litters which have been known to control the odor and could even be composted. However, if the rabbits eat more than what is needed, they tend to bloat, which make a very bulky addition to the bunny's litter.

As for expensive pellets, there are compressed sawdust which are very absorbent. In fact, these are commonly seen in shelters housing many pets, and carrying litters. This litter comes from hardwood/softwood sawdust. Yes, these are very harmful and toxic if made with phenolic compounds. It's a good thing they are taken out when they are manufactured.

Another potentially dangerous type of litter is cedar and pine shavings. These shavings naturally emit gas that, if inhaled abundantly, could result to diseases such as liver damage.

In choosing a litter for your adorable pet bunny, the choices are rampant. But, having one is just not the important aspect. There are also certain considerations such as the litter's ability to control odor, composting, as well as the function. In that regard, make sure to do your research on the appropriate litter for rabbits. Or, perhaps you can talk to the veterinarian about this.

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