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Litter Training a Bunny

How to Litter Train Your BunnyLitter Training a Bunny

House rabbits make excellent pets for families and single folks alike.  They offer a lifetime of companionship and enjoyment, and ask very little in return.  All you need to do to make life with your bunny blissful is provide friendship, recreation, fresh clean bedding,  healthy food and, of course, love.

 Unlike house cats, your rabbit will need a bunny-specific litter.  Clay litter usually doesn’t work for rabbits, and in fact, can cause serious health problems.  Especially if you use clumping cat litter.

Litter Train with Ease

When housetraining your pet, keep in mind that they’re creatures of habit.  To form successful litter-box habits, keep the box or pan in the same area.  Your rabbit will come to know that area as the place to relieve him- or herself and if you frequently relocate the litter box, your pet may end up soiling outside of the box.  

You’ll need two boxes.  One to be kept in a corner of your pet’s cage, and the other in a specific area of your home so that when he or she is out of the cage a litter box is easily accessible.  You want to make housetraining easy and quick and the best way to do so is by making sure your bunny has access to his or her litter box.

Keep in mind, if your house rabbit isn’t reproductively altered through spaying or neutering, they can regress, or attempt to mark territory by soiling an area of your home.   In order to successfully housetrain your rabbit you’ll need to neuter him or spay her.  Spaying and neutering also makes for a more pleasant pet.  As rabbits mature sexually, they can become aggressive and may nip, bite and scratch

Filling Your Bunny's Litter Box

As previously mentioned, refrain from using clay cat litter for your rabbit’s box.  The regular clay litter is dusty and can irritate bunny’s sensitive eyes, nose and cause breathing problems.  Clumping cat litter can be deadly should your pet inadvertently consume even a small amount.  It can clump internally, causing blockages in your rabbit’s digestive tract.

Cedar shavings and pine litter are available in most pet stores, however, you may want to avoid these
as they can cause liver and kidney damage.  The best formula for your pet’s litter box is to line the bottom with recycled newspaper, or wood stove pellets, which you can find at most hardware or big box do-it-yourself centers.  

On top of the newspaper or wood stove pellets,  you’ll need to put a layer of absorbent litter that is deemed rabbit-safe.  There are specific litters designed for house rabbits.  Ask your vet or a kindly pet store sales person.

The final layer should be composed of hay.  Your bunny is instinctual and will be attracted to the hay.  Once the idea takes shape with your pet, there will be no stopping him.  You will have successfully house trained your rabbit.

Replace the hay frequently as rabbits do like a clean litter box.  Likewise, don’t let the wood pellets or newspaper become overly soiled.   If your rabbit is dissatisfied with your housekeeping, he or she will find a way to let you know and it likely won’t be in an e-mail!  If your house rabbit isn’t happy with the litter box, he or she will soil elsewhere.

Happy Healthy Rabbit and Owner

As you can see, housetraining your rabbit is a matter of consistency and patience.   Once he or she is successfully housetrained you will continue to look forward to many happy years of companionship.  All the fun and minimal mess.  What more could you ask from a friend?

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