What's In Our Tattoo Kit
Collecting items for tattooing your rabbits can be easy or difficult; it can cost a little or it can cost a lot. Here's how we did it.
This was the last thing we purchased, but honestly it should have been the first. We bought a cheap little toolbox off of eBay for about $10. You can find them at your local stores and save on shipping. It has a top that opens where we store small things, and then the deep part has a tray and an underside. The tray is where most of our things live, but a few larger items are on the bottom.
The Ink And Accessories
For starters, you don't have to use special rabbit ink. It's just the same as human tattoo ink. You can tattoo your rabbits in any color that you'd like, but black and green seem to be the most common. We've heard of people using blue and purple too. The main thing is that it needs to be easy to read - both now and in the future. Green gets hard to read after a while. We use Scream Tattoo black ink. It's about $10 per bottle and we haven't run out yet.
We use an ink stand. It costs between $4 and $5 on eBay (search "Tattoo Ink Cup Holder" and it's been worth every penny. Yes, it has a lot of holes, and you only ever need one at once, but after knocking those little cups over several times, it's worth every penny.
The little cups are $5 on eBay for 100 of them. You'll probably never run out, especially if you rinse, but at a 5 cents a piece you won't feel bad about throwing them out and saving yourself the mess either.
- Alcohol Swabs
- Bunny Balm
We use rubbing alcohol (or alcohol swabs), to clean the ear before and after. We also use Bunny Balm on the tattoo after we have finished. We don't keep it in the kit, but we wrap the rabbits in a towel when we tattoo.
- 3 Liner, or 5 Round Shader or 7 Round Shader needle
- Cleaning Brushes
You don't have to pay $5 per needle for a fresh one from the cage company. You can buy them off of the internet for really cheap. We use a . You'll want to stick with a #10 (0.30mm) or a #12 (0.35mm) for the needle size. You will be looking for a Round Liner (RL) or a Round Shader (RS). Just buy the ones for humans and use a pair of wire cutters to cut off the extra length to fit your tattoo pen.
The Tattoo Gun
We use a Equitat2 tattoo pen for our rabbits. We had previously used the KBTatts pen, and it died after a few months. All of the tattoo pens out there look basically like electric toothbrushes with a modified head. You might could try tinkering with one of those. You can also buy a make up tattoo machine from eBay for around $20.
I hope this article has shown you how to build your own tattoo kit for around $50 that will last you for years to come. Enjoy!