It is a common misconception that rabbits can be dirty. Because rabbits can be trained to litter box train, they make great indoor companions. These are the steps you need to litter-train your rabbit.
Most rabbits will instinctively seek to keep all their urine, faecal and other waste in one place so that they have a clean home. To train your rabbits by association:
- Place the litterbox in a corner.
- Start with a small area.
- As they improve their litter habits, increase the space you give them.
This may seem like a fairytale for the new bunny owner who has to deal with their rabbit peeing at the corner of the room. Your rabbit might be in the middle of a doorway, or maybe it is just your “corner”. You have to work hard to get a rabbit to use a litter box regularly. With patience, you will get there.
What are the essential elements to begin training your rabbit?
You can train your litter box rabbits best if you have an area to play in with her cage. Your rabbit’s enclosure should be well-designed and large. It would help if you used an exercise pad, 18-30 inches high, to make a space around the cage. Attach the exercise pen or place it around your rabbit’s cage. Your rabbit will be kept in a secure area using an exercise pen.
Always remember that “if a bunny can reach it, he will chew it.” It is essential to ensure that your rabbit has a safe play area. You can also use an exercise pen to block a doorway, secure your rabbit in a toilet or kitchen area.
Litter training rabbits is a great way to get your pets off the streets.
Let’s be clear: The most significant benefit for pet owners is less mess around the home and a cleaner environment. You may not know this, but litter training is better for your bunny. There are several reasons for this:
Tracking their Health: Rabbit droppings can tell a lot if they are getting enough nutrients or too much. This will enable you to identify any potential problems quickly and help them get better. Learn more about rabbit droppings from the House Rabbit Society.
Giving Your Rabbits Their Space: Proper litter training will create a comfortable area for your rabbit to spend their time. Rabbits love litter boxes, and they spend a lot of time in their litter box, often sleeping, eating, and playing.
Freedom to roam: When your bunny has been appropriately trained, it can move around more freely. This will give them more stimulation, and you’ll feel more secure knowing that they’ll return to the litter box whenever they need it.
Tips for litter training bunnies
Expect to make mistakes. Some bunnies can be pickier than cats about litter, and you might have to test a few combinations before getting the right mix. Cover the waste with about an inch of your chosen material with rabbit-safe paper hay.
Protect the area. A rubber or plastic mat is an excellent idea for rabbits. Make sure the rug is tough enough for your rabbit not to chew. This will allow you to quickly clean up minor accidents and prevent your carpet from becoming contaminated with hay or other litter.
It’s easier for them to monitor their health.
Your rabbit’s litter box habits will tell you a lot more about their health. You will be able to see how much they are urinating. A rabbit’s poop size, shape, and amount can tell you a lot regarding their health.
Rabbits have a sensitive digestive system, so it’s essential to keep track of their poop. To ensure your rabbits’ health and prevent sickness, it is necessary to have all the poop in one spot that you can quickly clean up.
Choose The Best Rabbit Bedding and Litter
The material you use in your rabbit’s litterbox is up to you. What is the difference between litter and bedding?
Bedding is light, fluffy material usually made from paper and packaged in shrinkwrapped boxes.
Litter is available in more dense pellets, often made out of paper or clay.
Schacter suggests using either type in your rabbit’s litter box. You can choose the one that suits your needs and then see if your bunny enjoys it. To find the right one for your bunny, experiment with different types and sizes of litter and bedding.
No matter which material you choose, avoid pine shavings and cedar. These phenols can cause liver and respiratory damage to small animals. Since the phenols have been removed during production, pellets made from pine or cedar are safe to use. Talk to your vet if you have any concerns about how the litter might affect your rabbit’s health.
Your rabbit continues using another place for her bathroom.
Be flexible. Your rabbit may urinate in an area where there is no litter box. If this happens, you can move her litter box to a location where she will use it. It is far easier to make your rabbit happy rather than trying to get rid of a stubborn rabbit. Some rabbits, particularly males, may mark their territory using urine or droppings. This is something that you cannot do anything about. This behaviour can be controlled if spaying/neutering is done as soon as possible. Most male rabbits can be neutered between 10-14 weeks old. The six-month mark is the ideal age to spay female rabbits. Consult your veterinarian to learn more.