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How to litter train your rabbit

Despite what many people think rabbits are actually very clean pets.  Rabbits make great indoor pets due to the fact they can be litter trained, much like cats.  Carry on reading to find out how to train your pet rabbit.

Get your rabbit a small litter box with no top, generally, ones for cats actually work better than those for specifically designed for rabbits because the sides aren’t high enough.  You might need one with a ‘doorway’ but the majority of rabbits will happily jump in and out of most litter boxes.

Cover the bottom of the litter tray with some absorbent and odour masking litter, you can get great recycled paper litter now.  Do not use any clay or clumping litter that is designed for cats, rabbits can ingest this and cause health issues.  You also shouldn’t be using any aromatic wood shavings which could also cause health issues for your bunny.

Rabbits just need a thin layer of litter to cover the bottom of their tray, just enough to absorb any urine.  Unlike cats, rabbits don’t bury their dropping so you don’t need to worry about them having enough litter to dig in. 

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You will find that rabbits will like to eat hay and poo at the same time so if you have a hay feeder place it so your rabbits can feed on the hay whilst still in the litter tray.

Like all pets, it is best to get your rabbits into good toilet habits straight away.  When you start to litter train, try and limit the space that the rabbits have access to, allowing your bunny to get used to using the litter area.  When you see that your rabbits are using the litter tray on every occasion you can open up the area they are allowed to roam in and they should always come back to using their litter tray when they need to. 

If you do notice any accidents then just decrease the space they can have until they get back into the habit of using the litter box again.  Once they are back in the flow of using the litter tray you can open up their space again.

You might find that your rabbit is pooing and weeing wherever they want before they are neutered or spayed in order to mark their territory.  Once they have been spayed or neutered this behaviour will stop.

Litter training can take time with some rabbits and if your rabbit keeps going outside their litter tray you can try and pick them up and put them in their tray just before they go to the toilet.  This will show them that they should be doing their business in the litter box, just need to catch them first.

If your rabbit is constantly going in one corner or area of the room rather than their litter tray it might be easier, in the long run, to move their litter tray to that spot.  They clearly want to use that as their toilet and it could alleviate a lot of stress to let them continue.

Good luck with training your bunnies to be perfect poopers.

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