If you’re considering adding a rabbit to your family or researching bunnies as pets there is a lot of supplies they need you might now expect. In addition to picking out a rabbit (or two) to adopt, and selecting the perfect bunny name, you will need to buy a lot of supplies before you bring your new pet home. We’ve compiled this list to make it easy to see what you’ll need for your pet rabbit and whether they’ll fit into your budget.
Use this checklist as a guide. If there are any supplies or rabbit accessories you’re missing, click the link to see our bunny-safe product recommendations.
Note: Adding rabbits to your family is not a cheap endeavor. In addition to the recurring costs of fresh food, annual vet appointments, all of these supplies can really add up. If you cannot afford to buy all of these items before you bring home a pet bunny, you cannot afford to have a rabbit. If you’re still considering whether rabbits are the right pet for you, take a look at this list and add up the costs for each item.
Rabbit New Owner Checklist
Must Have Bunny Supplies
These are the things you need to have ready to go the day you bring your new rabbit(s) home. If you don’t have these basic bunny supplies, you aren’t ready for your new pet.
- Cage or Pen
- Food/Water Bowls (Water bowls are recommended vs water bottles)
- Rabbit Pellets (Oxbow recommended. Nothing with nuts or colored pieces.)
- Fresh Veggies & Fruit
- Hay Rack
- Timothy Hay
- Litter Box
- Rabbit Safe Litter
- Chews & Toys
- Travel Carrier
- Bunny Proofing Supplies
- Exotic Vet Phone Number and Address
- Rabbit First Aid Kit
- Nail Clippers
Optional Rabbit Supplies
These are supplies and accessories that are nice to have but are not crucial to your bunny’s care and well-being. Buy them as you see a need.
- Baby Gates
- Travel Cage
- Cardboard Boxes
- Playpen – to create a rabbit safe space for out of cage time
- Brush (To remove shedding hair and prevent hairballs)
- Pet Sitter Phone Number
- Broom and Dust Pan – for sweeping up scattered hay, pellets, and poo
- Vacuum – Handheld or shop vac helps for quick cleaning
Free Printable: New Owner Checklist
Download and print this free checklist to take with you to the pet store. Easily check off each rabbit supply as you buy it and keep track of what you need. (Right click “Save Link As” to download to your computer.)
While shopping for your bunny supplies, make sure to avoid these 10 things you should never buy for pet rabbits.
Learn how to set up a rabbit cage.