Bunny rabbits do need some basic care, mostly around grooming and cleaning up. In our house, we try to keep our bunny time more towards bonding and playing instead of focusing on the chores associated with having a pet bunny.
Still, there are chores, and the right tools make those chores easier.
Recommended Rabbit Brush
All rabbits shed and brushing helps keep the shedding contained. Every bunny needs brushing, and longer-haired bunnies are going to need it more often to avoid matted hairs and even health issues that can be caused by that excessive shedding in a small space.
However, brushing can become some of your favorite times with your rabbit. Most rabbits grow to love being brushed and the time that you spend brushing your bunny is some of the best bonding you’ll experience.
Still, brushing your bunny is a chore that has to be done regularly.
This sounds crazy, but a good brush makes this chore less of a chore.
Honestly, a good brush makes all the difference.
We recommend the Hairbuster comb. We love it because it’s firm enough to work through tangles quickly and easily, yet tender enough to not hurt your bunny. It’s also adjustable in-depth (the purple thing at the base of the comb) which makes it perfect for almost any rabbit.
Recommended Rabbit Hay Vacuum
Most small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs have hay as a staple part of their diet and bedding. This can cause quite a mess and can not only clog up a traditional vacuum but can even damage it.
Regardless of what vacuum you are planning to use to clean up hay, start with a broom and get the big pieces out of the way.
Then we use a shop vacuum (also known as a wet/dry vac) to pick up the bits of hay and bunny poop.
A shop vacuum has two huge advantages when being used to clean up rabbit hay.
- It doesn’t have rotating bits for hay and bunny hair to get wrapped around.
- It collects the bits of hay and bunny pop into a nice ‘bucket’ that makes it super easy to take this cleanup to your compost pile or even straight to your garden since you don’t have to compost rabbit manure before you use it.
Now when selecting which shop vac to buy, we suggest that you look for two things.
First, get either stainless steel or plastic for the bucket portion of the shop vac. This is a wet/dry vacuum and if you get the inside wet you don’t want it to rust.
Personally, we like a stainless steel shop vac because we sometimes use it to clean the ashes out of the fireplace and while we wait until it’s cool, it’s still nice to know I’m not melting a hole in it.
Finally, get a shop that that’s bigger than you think you’re going to need to clean up your bunny’s hay. You are going to use this tool for many more jobs than you think.
Recommended Vacuum For Rabbit Hair
All rabbits shed, and you’re going to have to clean up that bunny hair. The truth is that most budget vacuums don’t do a great job of getting up hair, especially from carpeting.
And the shop vac above isn’t going to be harmed no matter how much hair it gathers, but it’s not going to do a very good job getting bunny hair out of the carpet.
If you have a short-haired bunny, any decent vacuum will probably do the job. However, if you have multiple rabbits or long-haired bunnies, then you are going to need a vacuum designed to pick up hair.
I normally just give you my one recommended rabbit tool, but in this case, you really do get what you pay for. Because of that, I’m going to give you two options.