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Last Post by TH004 at 8/23/2012 12:44 PM (14 Replies)
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
Scotland
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8/22/2012 5:26 AM

My bedroom is in a converted loft (not a very good conversion job by the landlord but it's liveable - it has open holes in the wall going into the actual loft space and I live in a house that is in a connected row!).  My room is quite stuffy as it is and even with the window open and fan on all day I can't seem to shift the smell of rabbit.  It's not the litter I'm using because I've used lots of different litters and they are all the same - not to mention I clean her out regularly.  I wouldn't say it's so much the smell of her litter anyway it's just that lingering smell of.. I don't know how to describe it other than 'pet'.  I don't want to spray air freshener because I can't imagine it being good for Belle - do you guys have any handy tips for this?

Also - is incense bad for rabbits?  I've not used any since I've had her, I'm just curious.  

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User is Offline britt and yeti
Edmonton, AB
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8/22/2012 5:54 AM
instead of a spray air freshener.. try one of those stick ones you pop the lid up and bit and theres a jelly like substance inside.. or a wall plug in..
im not for sure on incense.. but even I find certain incense smells to be irritating

if it were me i would also stick to gentle smells... "fresh air" "cool breeze" etc...

OR you can get a those *arm and hammer fridge inserts the baking soda steals the stink and lets out freshness...

OR OR! dryer sheets.. those things work like a hot damn. 

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User is Offline Monkeybun
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8/22/2012 6:05 AM
A little bowl of vinegar or coffee grounds out where bunnies can't get to them can help too

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/22/2012 7:19 AM
You really want an odor absorber, rather than a scented mask. The vinegar and coffee grounds tend to be absorbers, as is charcoal.

I highly recommend Aspen Pellets (made by Aspen Supreme, often sold near the birds section of pet stores) as a super odor absorbent pelleted litter. My bunny is just outside our open kitchen and we have no pet smell in that area. It would bother us if we did. Aspen shavings are also not harmful, and I use those on top but it's the pellets that really soak up all odor for days.

Incense or any scented air addition can be hard on your bunny. Fresh air is best, with the odor removed. I once tried a natural odor absorber called Cedar Magic, that also makes Citrus Magic. It's sold in Whole Foods or other big health food stores, even Home Depot. It is scented (cedar or orange) but it has a base that soaks up odors if you can stand its smell. I have terrible allergies to scents, and the cedar did not bother me as much as everything else. Probably because it's a wood scent that I am not allergic to. They're stick on big circle things, so I'd had it near the ceiling out of reach of little bunnies.
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/22/2012 7:21 AM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone RP - Do you know if you get aspen pellets in the UK?
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/22/2012 7:34 AM
I don't know. I just checked their website, greenpet.com, and they are distributed nationally at Petco and Pet Supplies Inc. both of which I have near me. But, they are also sold on Amazon.com, and don't they ship internationally? Anyway, you can call your local pet store and ask if they can order it from green pet for you. Many stores will do that for a guaranteed customer. Or contact the co. to ask them. http://www.greenpet.com/wheretobuy.htm
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/22/2012 8:07 AM
Thank you
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User is Offline Beka27
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8/23/2012 12:26 AM
Do you know for a fact that she's a girl? Male unneutered bunnies can have a skunky smell when they reach maturity. Or she may be spraying urine (both males and females can do this) so it may be somewhere and you're not noticing it.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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8/23/2012 1:43 AM
I find that sometimes Olivia gets a skunky smell, not sure if it's her poos or what. I don't use any air fresheners or anything. I just try to keep the window open most of the day when it's nice.
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/23/2012 7:30 AM
I don't know what a skunk smells like but she personally smells nice like bunny fluff haha! (Yes I sniff my rabbit sometimes) .
Beka - I got her from a really good breeder who told me she was a girl and I've had her to the vet since I've had her and she didn't say that she thought she was a he so I think she def. is a girl. I don't think she does spray anywhere because I watch her all the time when she is out and when she is in her cage she is on blankets (where I would see pee). Who knows, maybe she just does really stinky pees haha! I made a little scoop yesterday though so now I'll be able to take out any pee'd litter daily instead of replacing it all every few days
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User is Offline TH004
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8/23/2012 7:42 AM
My first buns was an unspayed female and her pee smelt horrible! She never sprayed either. It was just her pee in the box.
My rabbit now is a fixed male and it doesn't stink, unless I forget to change the litter for a long time.

Fixing a female buns has a lot of benefits, including a longer lifespan. You could also end up with a less stinky litterbox

User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/23/2012 11:44 AM
Me and my Mum have decided that it is more the hay that smells than the rabbit!!! I have a staircase that goes up to my room only and when you reach the top all you can smell is hay! It's a weird smell and I don't have a clue how I'm going to get rid of it. I'll try all these suggestions on here though However TH004 I'm going to get her spayed really soon, she's old enough now so when I have the money to do it I'm going to get her to the vet. Going to get her a husbun .
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User is Offline TH004
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8/23/2012 11:49 AM
Have you tried a HEPA air purifier (they sell single room ones)? I'm very allergic to hay, but I love my rabbit The HEPA filter really helps take the smell out for me. I also put hay in his litterbox, and the litter helps catch some of the dust too (I am a fan of Carefresh). My bun is picky and won't eat some of the less dusty hays, but if yours is willing, you can try a few out to see if one smells less like a pet lives here.

User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/23/2012 11:59 AM
I think it is one or both of the cheaper hays that my mum bought me times when I've been about to run out of the excel hay which is what I normally feed her. I don't think it is the excel hay because I actually like the smell of that - it reminds me of tea haha! I haven't tried an air purifier, they sound expensive though? :S I have to buy everything myself (my mum refuses haha - unless it is urgent like a vet bill) and I currently don't have a job so if it is quite expensive then it is a no go :/. I keep all of Belle's things like her feed, hay, brushes etc in a big plastic storage box (not a sealable lid which I didn't realise until I got it home, the lid just rests on top) so I thought that would keep the smell down but obviously not. I wonder if having an air tight container would keep the smell out better?
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User is Offline TH004
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8/23/2012 12:44 PM
We use air tight containers too. That helps too. I'm just highly sensitive to it. The air filter we have is this one: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/pro...SKU=204221
It is pricey. (BB&B always has 20% off coupons, so that helped) It made a world of difference. Today, my house was smelling more like hay than usual, so I cranked the rabbit's air filter up to the highest setting. Within a few hours, the smell is gone.

You may be able to find a cheaper one elsewhere. Make sure it is HEPA though. Those get more of the finer particles out of the air.
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