If you’ve gone shopping around for rabbit bedding, you may have noticed more and more manufacturers have begun to add zeolite to their products. With this new trend comes new questions from rabbit owners about the safety of zeolite for their pets. So is zeolite safe for rabbits?
First, What exactly is zeolite and what does it do?
Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral with a wide range of uses. True natural zeolites are formed by heat and pressure in the earth’s crust. They are mostly volcanic in origin.
It is often used as a soil amendment or as an ingredient in animal feed. Zeolite can also be used to filter water and remove impurities.
In addition, zeolite is effective at absorbing odors and can be used in products ranging from air fresheners to laundry detergents.
But this isn’t a geology lesson, Let’s get down to business, Is it safe for bunnies?
Is it safe for rabbits and spread into rabbit bedding?
Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for centuries in a variety of applications. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a natural way to help control odors and absorb moisture.
Zeolite is safe for rabbits and can be spread into rabbit bedding without any concerns.
The zeolite will help to control odors and absorb moisture, keeping the rabbit hutch clean and dry.
Rabbit owners who have used zeolite report that it is an effective way to keep their rabbits healthy and happy.
Zeolite is a safe, natural product that has a proven track record.
Why is it contained in many types of litter?
Because it’s so darn good at what it does!
If you’ve ever smelled a litter box that doesn’t contain an odor-absorbing agent like zeolite, you know how important it is to have something to control the smell.
No one wants a smelly rabbit hutch, and zeolite can help keep it smelling fresh and clean.
In addition to its odor-absorbing properties, zeolite also has natural moisture-absorbing properties that help seep up excess moisture and keep the litter box dry.
A dry litter box is a happy litter box, and a happy rabbit is a healthy rabbit.
So should you use zeolite in your rabbit cage?
When it comes to cage bedding for rabbits, there are a variety of options to choose from.
Wood shavings, straw, and paper are all popular choices, and they all work really well. Best of all, they are all compatible with the addition of zeolite.
It is also dust-free, making it a good choice for rabbits with respiratory problems.
In addition, zeolite is non-toxic and safe for rabbits to chew on. While it can be more expensive than other types of bedding, zeolite is an excellent option for those who are looking for a low-maintenance way to keep their rabbit cage clean and odor-free.
But whether you should mix zeolite in with your regular bedding comes down to a personal choice. One I personally recommend.
Popular alternatives to zeolite
If you are still not convinced about using zeolite, or if you just want to explore some other options, there are a few popular alternatives that you can try.
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Baking soda is a popular alternative for odor control in a bunny’s litter box and hutch bedding. Although it’s not perfect, it does a great job of eliminating odors.
Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the litter box or in the hutch bedding. You can also add a bit of baking soda mixed in with the bedding, but not a lot.
However, rabbits shouldn’t be allowed to ingest baking soda. Although it takes quite a bit to get to dangerous levels, It can be toxic for bunnies if ingested.
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Pet absorbers like these can’t be used directly in the cage or in the litter due to the way they are designed. A rabbit would surly chew them and get sick.
You could however use one of these in the room the cage is in to help with any smells.
While it’s certainly not as effective or as safe as zeolite, a few of these scattered around the house (out of reach of bunny) will help to keep the air smelling fresh.