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My bunny has been neutered since late June. He's currently 6 months. He does fine with going pee in his litter box, but I am a little concerned about his pooping habits. He goes in his litter box a lot, but even though he's neutered, he still is marking his pen all over. This is a problem because I want to convert him to free-roaming 100%, but I can't if he'll go all over my bedroom floor. Should I just continue sweeping it and putting it in his litter box? Or is there something else I should be doing?
 

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Keep scooping and putting in tray. Maybe refine his space few hours a day.
My girl poops everywhere in her room but when she is free roaming the rest of the house, she doesn't. There might be 1-2 poops here and there but usually not.

I am in process of retraining her litter habits myself by restricting her space, too early to know progress.
 

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Before you free-roam him, I would leave the poops in his pen laying around for 24 hours and then sweep them up. His scent will have been left there and he most likely won't leave them there again.
Don't start free-roaming until he is 100% litter trained. If you give him more space when he isn't doing good in the space he has right now, it will only make it worse. When you do begin free-roaming him, add space very slowly. If he starts pooping everywhere in the new space, leave the poops out for 24 hours, and then sweep them up.
 

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My 3.5 month old Holland Lop has peed in his litter box since we brought him home a month and a half ago. He does, however, poop all over his pen. Some days are worse than others. When he let him out of his pen (or keep it open and free roam him all day) he only leaves MAX 4 or 5 poops around our apartment. He will actually go back to his litter box, have a big pee, and drop 10-15 poops in there before hopping back out into the living room.

So, there's a possibility that while he poops all over his space, he may not poop all over your room.
 

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My 3.5 month old Holland Lop has peed in his litter box since we brought him home a month and a half ago. He does, however, poop all over his pen. Some days are worse than others. When he let him out of his pen (or keep it open and free roam him all day) he only leaves MAX 4 or 5 poops around our apartment. He will actually go back to his litter box, have a big pee, and drop 10-15 poops in there before hopping back out into the living room.

So, there's a possibility that while he poops all over his space, he may not poop all over your room.
Hi, your rabbit is only 3.5 months now and he is still a baby but he will start changing soon becoming hormonal and his habits including toilet habits may change dramatically. If you plan on neutering him it is good time now or as soon as possible anyway, before he gets some bad habits marking his territory with piles of poos or spraying urine. Maybe you are lucky and if you have no other rabbits or pets around he can stay good at his toilet, I have a male rabbit who is pedantic with his toilet and never lost it even he wasn't neutered until July, and he is 2,5 years now. So maybe your rabbit won't change his litter habits, but it happens pretty often.

Didn't want to disappoint you sorry if I did
 

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My bunny has been neutered since late June. He's currently 6 months. He does fine with going pee in his litter box, but I am a little concerned about his pooping habits. He goes in his litter box a lot, but even though he's neutered, he still is marking his pen all over. This is a problem because I want to convert him to free-roaming 100%, but I can't if he'll go all over my bedroom floor. Should I just continue sweeping it and putting it in his litter box? Or is there something else I should be doing?
He is only neutered 2 months ago in my experience some boys can stay hormonal for longer, normally they say up to 6-8 weeks after neutering but I had two boys still very hormonal up to 3 months after. The other boy was fine after 7 weeks, it is individual. So maybe he just needs more time. I would keep doing what you are doing now and just watch him, you can try giving him more space and see how it goes or you can wait until his habits improve in his limited space. But 2 months after neutering not always enough just so you bear in mind.
 

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Hi, your rabbit is only 3.5 months now and he is still a baby but he will start changing soon becoming hormonal and his habits including toilet habits may change dramatically. If you plan on neutering him it is good time now or as soon as possible anyway, before he gets some bad habits marking his territory with piles of poos or spraying urine. Maybe you are lucky and if you have no other rabbits or pets around he can stay good at his toilet, I have a male rabbit who is pedantic with his toilet and never lost it even he wasn't neutered until July, and he is 2,5 years now. So maybe your rabbit won't change his litter habits, but it happens pretty often.

Didn't want to disappoint you sorry if I did
That's okay...he does have his testicles dropped, they dropped nearly two months ago, and our vet who specializes in rabbits shared that it's best to neuter around 5 months and not earlier as it's the difference between operating on a baby/teenager! However, we will take whatever comes, even if it's poop :) as long as he is healthy!
 

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Even though @robynanya 's rabbit is still young and those litter habits may change, the experience described seems to be common with fixed older rabbits as well. Many rabbits will be rather careless with their poos inside their cage, but will do much better when out free-roaming.

I would not assume that if he's careless inside his cage that he will necessarily be so outside the cage (though he may). Just remember to proceed in stages when starting to free roam --- just a bit of space at a time. He'll likely mark the new spaces initially but that should dissipate as time goes on.
 

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