I have been wondering a bit about how much it costs to keep pet rabbits as I haven’t been keeping track and now there are 7 of the little critters and money is tight. I had been previously buying Care Fresh bedding (made from recycled newspaper pulp) but found it really, really expensive – $30 for a package that was only lasting about a week and a bit. I was also having to change the litter every other day because it always stunk like pee downstairs… so I don’t feel like it was doing a good job of reducing odours anyways. While at the rescue Olga told me that she uses woodstove pellets (also sold as horse stall bedding) and was surprised when I said I still used care fresh. So expensive! she said. So I took at look at what the animal feed store on the island stocks and they do carry equine bedding for $11/35lbs. Already this is much cheaper, so I’m intrigued.
I bought a bag of wood pellets (they are hard wood which is safe for rabbits, soft woods like pine and cedar are not!) a bag of 12% protein pellets (I was feeding them 18% because they were young when I got them, but it’s time to bring it back down to 12% or 14% which is slightly cheaper at $16/bag) and a big bag of timothy and alfalfa hay cubes to supplement their supply of timothy hay. Alfalfa should be fed only occasionally as it is high calorie and can make your bun buns overweight. Timothy is ideal. The bags of timothy hay at the store are also super expensive ($8 for a bag that last for just a few feedings) The hay cubes are about $16 for the huge bag.
Total for the 3 bags of bunny stuffs was $47. I’m going to see how long it lasts for now! Right away I noticed that the wood pellets are WAY more effective in reducing the pee smell, and might need to be changed out less. Thumbs up!
Anyone else keep pet rabbits (not meat) and have any advice for keeping costs low? Their health and happiness is obviously top priority, but if there are any tips or tricks I wanna hear them!