how to clean a rabbit

5 Steps To Cleaning Rabbits The Right Way

Keeping your bunny healthy and happy is one of the most rewarding aspects, however, it does come with its fair share of responsibilities. To care after your furry friend as long as possible, it’s important to take good habits on a daily basis, which includes keeping his living space clean and sanitary at all times. Rabbits are fastidious creatures in their own way, which helps make their domestication that much easier, as they are quite independent.

Their natural inclination to keep themselves tidy means that they rarely require additional assistance when it comes to cleaning up after themselves, but some rabbit pet owner go further when it comes to cleaning their rabbits. Let’s see how to keep your bunny clean at all times.

Is It Safe To Bathe A Rabbit?

Rabbits do not need to be bathed (Artemisphoto – Canva)

Rabbits are extremely clean animals, and it is not recommended due to give them a bath, and there are two main reasons not to do it:

  1. Rabbits are very sensitive creatures : They’ve even been deemed one of the most fragile animals on the planet due to the fact that they’re prone to a number of health issues that can prove to be fatal with very little effort. Giving a rabbit a bath is one of the worst things you can do as it will almost certainly result in some form of injury.
  2. Rabbits possess a very thick coat of fur : Their fur is designed to keep them warm and dry. Bathing them will strip them completely of this natural protection, making them more susceptible to the elements. A rabbit left exposed to the cold without the proper amount of fur can very easily develop hypothermia.

How To Spot Cleaning Your Bunny?

As mentioned before, rabbits are very fastidious when it comes to keeping themselves clean. This means that you very rarely have to get your hands dirty when cleaning up after them. Instead, you can employ a technique known as spot cleaning to keep your home tidy and sanitary.

With your pet rabbit on a leash or in a secure cage for safety purposes, use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe down the areas where they’ve been sitting or lounging around. This one-two combo will leave your home fresh and clean while simultaneously keeping your hands out of harm’s way.

How To Clean Your Rabbit Cage?

A bunny in a clean home being fed
A bunny in a clean home being fed (Valeriysurujiu – Canva)

This may seem like an obvious point, but it’s important to note the importance of keeping your rabbit’s cage clean. A dirty cage will only serve to make your bunny’s living space even less sanitary. This can, in turn, result in your rabbit becoming sick.

Fortunately, keeping a cage clean and fresh doesn’t take all that much effort on your part. Simply use disinfectant wipes to remove any harmful bacteria and parasites from the surfaces of the cage that your rabbit can come in contact with. Be sure to wash your hands whenever you interact with your rabbit’s cage to avoid spreading any harmful bacteria or germs to yourself.

A dirty cage can quickly make way for harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, so it’s important to avoid neglecting this aspect of pet rabbit ownership.

How To Get Rid Of Rabbit’s Smell?

rabbit bunny cage with poop
Dirty rabbit cage with droppings (Valeriysurujiu – Canva)

Rabbits have a reputation for having a strong odor that many owners describe as being reminiscent of the smell of a wet dog. This is due to the fact that rabbits produce two types of droppings: one that is solid and one that is loose and liquid. The latter of these two types of poo is what gives off that unpleasant odor.

While there are some natural remedies and methods of cleaning that you can employ to help minimize this odor, the best way to get rid of it entirely is to scoop the droppings out on a regular basis. This will help keep the odor from building up and becoming overpowering.

You can also use an organic odor-masking spray like Febreze to help make your home smell less like a rabbit. If the smell has already become strong, the best thing you can do is turn on an oscillating fan. This will help distribute the odor throughout the room and make it less noticeable.

Can I Groom A Rabbit?

Grooming a rabbit is not easy
Rabbit grooming can help them, but is not an easy task (Cnicbc – Canva)

Rabbits are not the most ideal candidates when it comes to grooming. This is due to the fact that they have incredibly soft fur, making them quite difficult to groom and clip. While you can groom your rabbit, it’s certainly not an easy task. The best option when it comes to grooming a rabbit is to leave them to their own devices and allow them to groom themselves.


As you can see, cleaning your rabbit’s living space doesn’t have to be a tedious task. In fact, it can be quite easy and straightforward as long as you follow the tips and tricks outlined above. Keep your bunny’s living quarters clean and sanitary, and you’re sure to have a healthier, happier rabbit for years to come.

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Jason Massey

I am an animal specialist with a love for spiders, snakes, and reptiles. I enjoy travelling to exotic places and have been to Africa, South-East Asia, India, and New Zealand. I am also dad to 3 beautiful girls. My work is in the NGO sector where I focus on animals such as helping endangered species and saving animals from being killed for their fur or skin.

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