If you own pet rabbits, then one of the downsides to looking after them is the regular cleaning required and the smell. Rabbits regularly excrete and this is just a natural part of life.
Thankfully, there are several brands of litter that include odor control to reduce foul smells. It also improves the general living conditions for your rabbits and your environment alike. It’s a worthwhile investment, trust me.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of options on the market. It can be difficult to find the best rabbit odor control brands and products.
In this buyers guide today, I would like to share with you the best options following hours of research, comparison, review, and testing with my own pet rabbits!
The Best Rabbit Litter Odor Control Products
A Few Things To Look Out For With Rabbit Litter Odor Control
It goes without saying that one of the most important things should always be your rabbit’s comfort and safety. But in order to ensure this, there are a few things that a good litter must-have.
Of course, there are also a few other features that you may be on the lookout for too, such as absorbency, being dust-free, being eco-friendly, and so on.
So, here are a few key tips that will help you to choose the best litter that prevents odor and suits you and your rabbit’s needs.
The reason why you are here. Rabbits come with their own unique smells and due to the nature of their environment, excrete within their hutch.
For this reason, the little you opt for should contain a natural odor control to reduce any foul and overpowering smells.
No Harsh Chemicals
Your rabbit’s safety is equally as important, if not more so. While you want the little to do a good job at reducing smells, you do not want to do so at the expense of their health and safety.
As such, you want to watch out for any products or brands that include harsh chemicals, fragrances, or oils.
These can cause adverse reactions to your rabbits and must be avoided.
Thankfully, a lot of reputable brands are aware of this. These brands have been designed to provide maximum odor control with minimal added ingredients.
Absorbency is one of those things that is going to save you a lot of additional cost and time cleaning. The more absorbent your rabbit litter is, the more urine it can ultimately collect.
This prevents you from having to use more litter all at once, and when it comes to cleaning enables you to collect and remove it more easily.
Absorbent litter is highly effective at keeping smells contained, and it ensures that the living environment is far more favorable for your rabbits too.
It’s also a lot more hygienic.
Dust and Small Particle Free
Another thing you need to watch out for as a rabbit owner is a dust and small particles. Dust in particular can cause a lot of issues with a rabbit’s respiratory system.
It is therefore essential that you opt for litter that does not naturally contain any dust, or that will emit dust when your rabbit moves around, digs, burrows, etc.
Less dust also means an easier cleaning job for you too!
With small particles, these can be swallowed which can cause severe problems with your rabbit’s breathing and their general digestive systems.
Onto the environment, it’s great to be responsible when it comes to your choice of litter.
As previously stated and as you likely know already, rabbits go through a lot of litter! The more you can therefore reduce waste, and opt for litter that is more easily disposable the better.
Opting for a litter made of paper is ideal here, as it is biodegradable and can be broken down far more easily when no longer required.
Another benefit of certain brands is that some litter can be compostable. This enables you to acquire natural fertilizer if you so wished.
One of the best things you can do for the welfare and general well-being of your rabbit(s), is to provide them with the best environment you can.
One easy way of doing this is to opt for a litter that is comfortable, soft, and gentle on its feet.
You have to remember that rabbits literally live on their litter; they play in it, sleep in it, etc.
Last but by no means least, it is imperative that you opt for a recognized brand where the components have been carefully sourced and are clearly stated on the packaging.
You need to ensure there are no elements that could accidentally be included which are toxic or can cause harm to your rabbits.
Best Rabbit Litter Odor Control
Now it’s time to take a closer look at the top 5 list that you came here for.
Inside of this review, I have included bullets of the the pros and the cons of each product.
You’ll even be able to find the benefits of each one too.
Hopefully, in doing so and knowing what to look out for in litter odor control as outlined above, you’ll be able to select the right one a lot more easily and effectively.
Kaytee Clean & Cozy Extreme Odor Control (Overall Best)
First up and the overall winner is the Kaytee Clean & Cozy Extreme Odor Control Litter.
This is the litter I routinely navigate to and purchase. It has been carefully designed to ensure that it not only eliminates the harshest of smells but is fully compliant with all of their other needs.
It’s very comfortable for rabbits, highly absorbent and it is also 99.9% dust-free.
You can expect up to 14 days of odor control, or if the litter fails to produce these results you can claim your money back.
The ultra-soft bedding is naturally soft and fluffy which will enable your rabbit(s) to burrow and nest. When it is time to go, it will also absorb over six times its weight in liquid.
- Fast-Acting: Neutralizes odor quickly and designed for harsher smells
- Economical: 14 day odor control guarantee
- Absorbency: 6x its weight in liquid
- Dust: 99.9% dust free
- Safe and comfortable
- Cheaper than other brands
- Not as effective for poop
Overall this is an excellent litter that solves all problems in one. A litter like this can become your go-to and will last you a good amount of time.
Vitakraft Fresh World Strength Crumble Bedding (Best Eco-Friendly Option)
The Vitakraft litter is perhaps the best eco-friendly option out there because it is 100% recycled paper and as such is completely biodegradable & compostable.
If you are therefore trying to be environmentally friendly then this is a litter you should consider.
Other than this, it’s a great litter that also provides up to 14 days of litter control.
You’ll benefit from a 99.5% dust-free and baking soda-free formulation too and it is very effective for absorbing up to 3x its weight in liquid, fast.
Due to the way that the paper has been cut, it neatly and effectively ‘crumbles’ making it super soft and comfortable for your rabbit(s).
All you need is 2 to 3 inches of this litter on the bottom of your rabbit’s cage/hutch. Then you only need to change the bedding when wet or the odor control stops working – which you can expect every 14 days.
- Environmentally Friendly: Completely biodegradable & compostable
- Comfort: Soft, cozy paper crumbles for ultimate comfort
- Odor Control: Strong and covers harsh smells fast.
- Safety: Unbleached & baking soda-free
- Absorbency: 3x compared to the 6x of the Kaytee brand referenced above.
- Dust: 99.5% dust free compared with 99.9% of the Kaytee brand referenced above.
Carefresh Natural Nesting Bedding
The Carefresh litter range by Healthy Pet was established to help rabbits and other small pet owners eliminate smells and provide a comfortable environment at the same time. This is one of the most widely used and purchased options that you can get.
The litter is made from 100% reclaimed natural fibers as part of their Comfyfluff technology, which provides a soft, pillowy texture.
It’s very absorbent, boasting 2x the amount of liquid retention that regular shavings can provide.
Plus, you can benefit from a 10-day odor control guarantee so your home and your rabbit’s environment are far more pleasant.
This litter is naturally very low in dust, ensuring that your rabbit does not suffer from any respiratory issues. Users also report how easy it is to tidy up, remove, and clean.
- Comfyfluff technology: soft, pillowy texture.
- Cost-Effective Bundle Option: You can purchase 4x 14 liter bags as a bundle, saving money in the process and planning ahead.
- Eco-Friendly: the company have a commitment to using sustainable materials
- Variations in product, color, texture and size can occur. This is due to the companies commitment to being environmentally friendly.
SO PHRESH Scented Crumbled Paper Small Animal Bedding
As the name suggests, the SoPhresh odor control crumbled paper will eliminate harsh smells and overall provide a better environment for your rabbit.
This litter comes in the form and shape of paper pellets which is very effective for locking in moisture as it increases surface area.
It’s very easy to clean up as it clumps together, whereby you can easily remove any waste from your rabbits and accompanying odors.
This brand has been carefully selected as it too is made from 100% recycled paper that will not break apart when wet. Being responsibly sourced, it’s also an eco-friendly choice as it is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
You can get two sizes of this litter; the larger being a huge 20 lbs bag for a cost-effective price.
- Size: Huge 20 lbs bag available for a great cost-effective price.
- Easy to Tidy Up: Paper pellet design ensures that it has maximum absorption and easy to ‘dump’ when removing.
- Smell: General smell is pleasant and not too overpowering despite its effective odor control.
- Weight: pellets heavier than other paper variety litters making it more difficult to move
- Size: requires more space to store due to its size.
Fresh News Paper Small Animal Litter
Last but not least is the Fresh News Paper Small Animal Litter that includes baking soda to help neutralize smells and reduce ammonia.
Again, this is another great eco-friendly option being made with recycled paper. This means it can be fully composted, is biodegradable, and can also be incinerated so it’s effective at reducing landfill waste.
One thing to be aware of is that there is only one size available and it does not work out to be as cost-effective as the other litters on this list.
Nonetheless, it is very absorbent, completely dust-free and users report that it is very quick and easy to clean up.
- Environmentally Friendly: Made with recycled paper, can be composted, is biodegradable and incinerated.
- Odor Control: Excellent at eliminating even the most severe of ammonia smells.
- Cost: more expensive pound per pound.
- Size: Only one size bag available.
To wrap this up I would say that each of the collars on the list has its own benefits that will help with specific purposes.
Some are multipurpose and great for both home and hiking whilst others are built to hike and camp and not for regular use.
By going through the tips at the start and reading the helpful information provided. You should have no problem with making an easy buying decision after reading this review.
In this section, I’ll be answering a few questions that you might be wondering or considering:
How do I keep my rabbits litter box from smelling?
There are four factors that will prevent your rabbit’s litter box from smelling. You need to ensure you:
- Use the right type of litter box,
- Use the right type of litter/bedding (the best suggestions outlined in this guide),
- Regularly maintain the litter box (cleaning, changing etc)
- Litter train your rabbit
What litter is safe for rabbits?
You want to use a litter that has been designed for use by rabbits. Other litters including corn, wheat, alfalfa hay, and oat-based litter can be ingested by rabbits and cause them digestive upset, blockages, and other intestinal problems. they should be avoided.
Do rabbits use cat litter?
You should never use cat litter for Rabbits. Rabbits naturally like to nibble and a lot of cat litter is comprised and made out of clay. This again is dangerous if swallowed by rabbits.
Is Newspaper safe for rabbits?
While newspaper can be used as a base to line the floor of the hutch or cage with, it should never be exclusively used. Rabbits, mostly when bored, will rip it up and the ink on newspaper can be harmful to them.
How often should I change rabbit litter?
Experts and veterinarians recommend you change the litter once every 2-3 days. However, this is with cheaper litter that has not been designed for odor control and general hygiene. Paper pellets last a bit longer and can be changed less often.
I am an experienced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets, from traditional pets like dogs and cats, to the more exotic like reptiles and rodents. I currently own a Cockapoo (pictured) called Bailey. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site dedicated to sharing evidence-based insights and guidance, based on my vast pet ownership knowledge, experience, and extensive research.