“My dream of swimming in hay has finally come true!” - Butterscotch
5 531 June, 2020
Message Alert⚠️❗ I think it's always a good idea to do thorough research before getting any pet, especially rabbits. I regretfully took that for granted by not doing enough, and so as I go along learning more about my special bun, I thought it would be good to alert you with things you should avoid when setting up a place for your beloved bun/s. It has recently come to my attention that wood shavings might not be the best option for your buns home or litter box. The type of shavings is crucial, as the phenols it gives off (usually given by their pleasant smell) affects your rabbit's liver, with proceeding health problems.
Unfortunately cotton has been exposed to this from a little bun and I am ashamed that I didn't know soon enough. So I would like to educate those that are unaware of the matter.
There are safer options if you want to stick with shavings, i.e aspen shavings, however pine and cedar are extremely toxic. Best advice is to ditch those shavings all together and get yourself some quality hay or absorbent pellets✔️ as alternatives for your litter boxes.
Here is an article for further information.
The Dangers of Softwood Shavings
George Flentke, Ph.D.
Forthcoming...The use of pine and cedar as litter for house rabbits should be avoided. Other superior litters, such as recycled paper and aspen shavings are available and you should steer potential adopters and those who already have rabbits to these safer alternatives. There are two major concerns with the use of cedar and pineshavings as litter. The first is the documented alterations in the liver's specialized tools, called enzymes, that can alter your rabbit's ability to handle standard drugs that your vet will use in the treatment of your pet. The second is the relatively poorly characterized cancer risk. For the rest go to