House Training Rabbits
Potty Training

When house training rabbits, it is pretty easy to potty train. Since rabbits have been growing in popularity as house pets, pet supply companies started making a triangular shaped litter box that fits easily into rabbit cages without taking up too much floor space.

A Guide to Training Your Pet Rabbit

Younger rabbits are harder to train because they haven't developed habitual behavior yet. Older rabbits are much easier to house train. Place the litter box in the corner of the cage the rabbit has already chosen to use as a bathroom.

Put in some litter. Kiln-dried pine is okay, but you can also use various types of hay. This makes a good choice because the rabbit will spend a lot of time there and may nibble on the litter.

You can place newspaper or paper towels under the hay to absorb the urine if you wish. Don't use clumping cat litters. They can damage your rabbit's digestive and respiratory systems. Corn cob litter works well for rats and hamsters, but not for rabbits. If eaten, they may cause a blockage in your rabbit's system. Paper litters like CareFresh are popular among rabbit owners. It is absorbent and helps control odor. Compressed sawdust pellets also work well.

House training rabbits that are spayed or neutered may be easier. They aren't dealing with hormonal fluctuations that may influence them to spray urine.

Clean the litter box frequently. This encourages your pet to use it. White vinegar is a good cleaning agent. You can let it soak if the pan has tough stains in it. Soiled bedding can be used as mulch or put in the compost pile. Rabbit manure is safe to apply directly to plants in the garden without composting.

Be aware that your pet will easily learn to urinate in the litter box, but that may not prevent him from leaving his droppings everywhere else. Leaving droppings is a method of marking the rabbit's territory. Luckily, they are usually very dry and easy to vacuum up.

If you have a rabbit that likes to dig in the litter box, you may have better luck containing the mess by using a covered litter pan. If this doesn't fit in your pet's cage, you may want to consider building them a custom cage using storage panels or covering the sides of your pet's cage around the litter box to help contain the litter.

When house training rabbits, some rabbits will insist on using a different corner. If yours does this, move the box into their preferred corner. Others will scoot so far back into the pan that they urinate over the side. You can solve this by getting a pan with higher sides, using a covered pan, or putting a urine guard around the cage.

During litter box training, keep an eye on your pet whenever he is out of the cage. Give him your undivided attention. Be patient. Some rabbits take longer to learn this than others. If your rabbit was trained just fine and begins missing the pan or dribbles, he may have a bladder infection. See your vet. Unusual stress may also cause your pet to change his behavior.

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