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Maybe you’ve just bought a pet rabbit. Or, maybe you’ve been a rabbit friend for many years! Either way, rabbits are fun, loving creatures that bring us a lot of joy and happiness. One common rabbit question is, “What bedding material should I use for my rabbit?” While there are many different options out there from paper shreds to aspen bedding, we’ll be looking exclusively at the details, pros, and costs of using straw bedding for rabbits. We’ll start off by listing a host of reasons that show why straw is great bedding for rabbits. By the way, you can also learn about rabbit feed such as organic oat hay for rabbits.
Yes, straw is good bedding for rabbits. It keeps your rabbit(s) warm and comfortable, works as a great absorbent, keeps the cage clean, works as great nesting material, and many other reasons, all of which we’ll discuss in more detail below.
Straw works as a great insulator, providing your rabbit with a warm bed to nestle and snuggle in when the days get cold. Since straw is the dry stalks of cereal plants, the hollow stalks allow for warm air to be trapped, which provides a warm and insulated environment for your rabbit.
Soft straw is also a very comfortable bedding material for rabbits. Make sure, however, that you purchase soft, fresh straw and not old, prickly straw, which could irritate your rabbit.
Straw is an excellent absorbent, allowing for a much cleaner and drier rabbit cage. Although it’s good to replace urine-soiled or dirty straw with clean straw, absorbing urine is a temporary fix until the straw is replaced. This helps keep your rabbit from living in a urine-dampened habitat.
Straw also works great as nesting material. The warmth, comfort, and absorbent properties of straw bedding all help ensure that “mommy-rabbit” (doe) and the soon-to-be-born-baby bunnies (called kittens) are properly cared for.
Thankfully, rabbits do not enjoy an area affected by waste. And as a result, they tend to keep their straw bedding neat and clean, eliminating waste in their litter box.
Straw can also be used for rabbit bedding because it is much less likely to be eaten by your rabbits. A timothy hay bedding for your rabbit could quickly turn into a massive rabbit feast (read an article on timothy hay for hamsters).
Here are several more miscellaneous pros of straw bedding for rabbits:
|The hollow stalks of straw trap warm air, making straw a great insulator.
|Soft, fresh straw is comfortable bedding for your rabbit.
|Straw can help absorb pee in the cage, keeping the cage much cleaner and drier.
|Because straw works as an insulator, absorbent, and soft bedding material, it can also be used as a great rabbit nesting material.
|Fresh straw helps to keep odor (from pee, poo, etc.) under control
|Straw is often more cost-effective than hay and is not harmful for rabbits to consume.
In summary, you can use straw as rabbit bedding because of its great insulation properties, absorbent abilities, and much more!
Compared to hay, straw is a warmer rabbit bedding. Straw is basically hollow plant stalks, allowing for warm air to be trapped in the hollow of the stalk. That’s why straw is a warmer rabbit bedding than hay–because it’s able to trap warm air in the hollow straw stalks.
Straw is also absorbent, which is another reason why straw is a warmer rabbit bedding than hay. (If you want to find out about straw bedding for chickens, read our article.)
Yes, rabbits can sleep on straw bedding. Rabbits can actually sleep on hay or straw, but as we mentioned above, straw is warmer bedding for rabbits than hay, keeping your bunny more comfortable in the winter months.
However, make sure you don’t purchase old, stale, brittle straw, which can irritate your rabbit. Instead, opt for fresh organic straw (like this) to adequately insulate, protect, and provide soft bedding for your rabbit.
No, rabbits do not need straw bedding, necessarily. While fresh, soft straw bedding for rabbits is an excellent choice, there are other types of rabbit bedding. Here are a few common ones:
Yes, it’s very important that the straw bedding for your rabbit is changed frequently.
We’ve established that straw bedding is good for rabbits. We’ve also mentioned that rabbits eat and sleep on hay or straw.
That’s why it’s important that your rabbit is eating, sleeping, and playing on soft, clean straw bedding. Here are 4 reasons why it’s important to change straw bedding for your rabbits frequently.
Building off the previous point, your rabbit could ingest bacteria-filled straw or hay, causing breathing problems or skin infections. Your rabbit could also become very ill from bacteria-ingested food, which (as we said) can result from dirty or damp straw bedding. Obviously, your rabbit’s health is paramount, and keeping a clean cage will greatly aid that process. (If you have questions about RHDV2 in rabbits, read an article from our veterinarian.)
Keeping a fresh, clean layer of straw bedding down for your rabbits will also cut out the damp and dirty environment that insects (e.g. flies) love. Bugs are also attracted to damp spaces, leaving room for potential insect or bug-related diseases.
This should be a given. Your rabbit wants and needs to be clean. Rabbits sleep on the hay or straw that you place in their cage; so, be the friend that your rabbit deserves and place fresh, clean straw (here’s an example) down for your rabbit friend to sleep on.
A clean and healthy rabbit is a happy rabbit. Your rabbit deserves to be happy all the time; you can help them stay happy with a clean straw bed to nibble or sleep on. As the saying goes, “A house is not a home unless it has a rabbit.” Make your home a happy home for you and your rabbit! Read our article on hay for rabbits, to give you more ideas of which hay products are enjoyed by rabbits.
This depends, based on several variables: a good rule of thumb is to change the straw bedding for your rabbits at least once every 2-3 days. However, that can be a longer or shorter timeframe, based on the factors listed below.
If your rabbits are litter-trained, you can change the straw bedding about once a week. Again, you may need to do this a bit more frequently on occasion, if your rabbit has diarrhea, is sick, or has a smelly cage.
Also, if your rabbit is in the process of being litter-trained, you might want to replace the bedding a bit more frequently (since accidents do happen).
The number of bunnies you have will also determine how often you need to change the straw bedding for your rabbits. If your rabbits are all litter-trained, you might have to replace the straw bedding several times a week. However, if they’re not litter-trained, you might want to replace the bedding several times every few days.
Read more about how often to replace bedding straw for your rabbits here.
There are a couple of ways to keep costs for straw bedding at a minimum while also getting the most bang for your buck.
Buying in bulk will save you in the long run. Just remember to keep your straw safely stored away from the elements and insects.
You might be thinking, “That’s a lot of work to be constantly reordering straw bedding for my rabbits!” And you’re right.
That’s why it’s important to set up a recurring straw bedding order; that way, you can keep the straw-ordering process stress-free and hands-free.
Recurring orders also ensure that fresh, soft bedding will be delivered to your rabbit’s cage every several weeks.
For example, Blue Mountain Hay allows you to set up a subscription process that sends straw bedding to you every 2-8 weeks (based on your subscription frequency choice). Based on the order frequency, you can save up to 15% on every recurring order! Who doesn’t want to save?!
While we can’t speak for other companies, our straw bedding for rabbits costs only several dollars per pound.
Grown in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, our straw bedding for rabbits is fresh and organic.
Here’s a further cost breakdown.
|Straw Bedding for Rabbits
|Sq. Ft. Coverage
|75 sq. ft.
|150 sq. ft.
|375 sq. ft.
Here’s how much you can save on recurring orders.
|Straw Bedding for Rabbits
|Sq. Ft. Coverage
|2-Week Recurring Order Savings
|4-Week Recurring Order Savings
|8-Week Recurring Order Savings
|45-375 sq. ft.
Purchasing straw through the subscription process can save you up to 15% on every single order!
It’s a good idea to have a 2-3 inch layer of straw bedding down for maximum comfort and warmth for your rabbit.
Replacing the straw bedding in your rabbit’s cage can be a simple, quick process! Just follow the following steps:
1. Take out the old, damp/dirty straw bedding.
2. Clean out the cage. Use dish soap and warm water to wash and clean the cage.
3. Add a layer of fresh straw! Make sure to spread the straw generously.
4. Don’t forget to place your rabbit back in the cage!
Yes, straw bedding for rabbits is compostable. Straw bedding actually composts quickly and combined with rabbit fecal pellets is a healthy compost. This is because a rabbit’s diet is vegetarian.
We’re Blue Mountain Hay, and we grow fresh, organic straw for rabbit beddings at high altitudes in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest (learn more about us here). All of our organic straw bedding for rabbits adheres to the following criteria:
Be your rabbit’s hero and provide the fresh, chemical-free straw bedding that he/she deserves!
Whew! Hope you kept up!
Basically, straw is a good bedding for rabbits because of its warmth, absorbent abilities, and much more! We also discussed the importance of keeping fresh, clean straw bedding down for your rabbits and how often to replace your rabbit’s bedding to maintain a clean rabbit habitat (straw is also a great bedding for cat shelters or covering for winter gardens).
Moving along, we also discussed some straw bedding costs and the savings involved in setting up a recurring order system. If you have questions, just contact us!
We also offer hay for pet food (check out our hay guide for small pets here).
At Blue Mountain Hay, we’d love to provide you with fresh, organic straw bedding for your rabbits whether that’s on a one-time or recurring basis!
Let’s hop to it!
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