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I have just recently got a bun and he has been doing great so far. Great with his litter, eating properly and enjoys his run time. My only problem is his cage liner/bedding. I'm currently using the carefresh for the bedding and Yesterday's news (the smaller version) for the litter but he doesn't seem to like the bedding. He's kicked it all out from the underneath where he sleeps as well as the one corner where he likes to lay. He also likes to lay on top of the plastic part of his sleeing area.

What type of bedding should I try? Or is it okay to just have the plastic flooring instead?(I'm not sure if that's considered mean/inhumane.) I can't remember what they were using where I got him either. I'm thinking of just using a timothy mat for the bottom? Or should I try an alternative? The bag of the other stuff is almost gone so I'd rather get something he'll enjoy.

Also, here's a picture of the hairball :3IMG-20140407-00254

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jamie28
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
so cute!
you could use a timothy matt, or you could try just plain newspaper on the bottom. the bunny will rearrange the paper and dig in it, but it's worth a try. don't use the ads, just the paper. the ads don't always use non-toxic ink, but the actual newspaper does.
kirinhybrid
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure with the newspaper because of the ink in general, but it's worth a try. (Definitely cheaper to try too :D) I didn't know that about the ads! I'll keep that in mind for in the future.
starrynight
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
I use Feline Pine. Original only. I used to use Carefresh but I like FP better. The pellets disintegrate when the bunny pees, so it's much easier to clean.
kirinhybrid
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
He's good with his litter, he only pees in his litter box so it's easy to clean. It's the cage bedding that's an issue, not the litter or his litter habits :P
starrynight
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, I see. When I had a cage my bunny used to play with the Carefresh. Then I discovered x-pens and refuse to use a cage anymore since it offers more space and freedom.
kirinhybrid
Apr. 22nd, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
I agree with the cage thing, but until I move, it'll have to do :P I let him run when I am home though but I plan on something bigger once I have the room.

He doesn't play with it but it gets in fur like crazy as well which is part of why I'm looking for an alternative.
slavemistress
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Do you have a litter box for him? I personally have a litter box for my bunny and the rest of his cage has a towel laid down and a small dog bed for him to lay on.
kirinhybrid
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yep! He's great with using the litterbox, just the bedding is the problem. I might try a towel for the bottom as well.
silent_fire
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
I've had really good luck with jute rugs in the bottom of rabbit cages. You need to make sure it's 100% jute or other grasses, but my bunnies seem to love them.
omnipotentsushi
Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
I would try a timothy mat of a piece of fleece. Fleece is great because it doesn't string, so you don't have to worry about him ingesting any hazardous string like with other materials. Just grab a fleece blanket or buy some from the fabric store.
kailen
Apr. 28th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what kind of cage you have for him, but... I don't have any litter in my bun's "cage." He has a dog crate with a plastic bottom that doesn't have any edges so litter wouldn't stay in it anyway. I use carefresh bedding in his litter boxes, and I added a shelf to his crate (which is covered in cloth), and that's where he usually lies anyway. He's only required to stay in the crate at night, and otherwise has access to a large pen with carpeting. I've found that he's really picky about the amount of litter in his boxes and will just kick it out if it's too much, and he doesn't' seem to care at all about flooring. I've tried giving him comfy beds to lie on, and he just digs in them and chews on them, and then lies on the crate floor or regular carpeting. *shrug*

If he doesn't seem to care about having litter in his cage, I wouldn't bother with it. The only thing I'd be careful about is how slippery the plastic floor is (my bun refuses to walk on ground that is too slipper, since his paws are entirely covered in fur and he doesn't like to slide). When he was a baby and lived in a smaller cage, I used a carpet square as flooring because the cage floor was super slippery; you can get them at carpet stores for a couple dollars each, so if it does end up getting soiled or really chewed up you can replace it with another one.
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