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Birch Shavings as Rabbit Litter

Our daughter is 10 and raises rabbits. We used to use kitty litter in their cages, but when our warren got to 16 rabbits, I was easily spending $30 a month on stuff for the rabbits to eliminate on. Another breeder introduced me to using birch shavings in the under-trays instead. It smells nice and instead of claying up our compost bin, we now have something that breaks down easily. We even use it raw in our flower garden, and our flowers have never looked better!

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By Ann (Guest Post)
July 28, 20040 found this helpful

when you used kitty litter, what kind did you use? I had thought of using kitty litter for our one bunny, but was told that the clumping kitty litter was very bad for the rabbits (even in an under tray).

thanks!

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July 30, 20040 found this helpful

Don't ever use clumping or clay cat litter for rabbits!!! The dust can cause severe upper respiratory infection, and rabbits have to eat a special stool that they produce. If they are sitting in the litter box when they eat the stool, they may consume some of the litter and end up with a blockage that may kill them. Rabbits also shouldn't be placed in enclosures with wire bottoms, they are very bad for their feet, they can actually break their own back if their toe gets caught in between the wires (pet stores sell tham because they make money, not because they are the best thing).

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Birch or aspen shavings are fine, as are litters made from recycled paper. We use wood stove pellets for our own and our foster rabbits. Less than $5 (US) for a 40 pound bag and it lasts quite a while. Great for compost too, it just breaks down to sawdust. Go to www.rabbit.org for the best information on how to live with a pet rabbit.

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August 10, 20050 found this helpful

Birch shavings emit a toxic fume when "used" that can ultimately kill a rabbit.

Use shredded newspaper and hay. It's economic and easy and best for them. :) It's what I use for my 2 house bunnies.

http://www.rabbit.org

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

Hello,
I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years. Please do not use birch or any other wood shaving near your rabbit. These shaving can cause an upper respiratory infection in they breathe it 24/7.

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This can cause death. Please use a product called "yesterday's news" for your habitat. Your bunnies will be safe and healthy. Good luck.

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