- Jan 13, 2020
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- Seattle, Washington
Litter PanIt is first very important to find a litter pan that your rabbit will be comfortable using. There are numerous different types of litter pans available which can make it overwhelming to choose, so I recommend the following ones which are tried and true:
#1: IKEA Cat Litter Box - $6
#2: Petmate Litter Pan - $9
#3: PetFusion Litter Box - $40
Triangle litter pans are simply not big enough and many rabbits will refuse to use these!
LitterLike litter pans, there are many different types of litter on the market. If your rabbit is a digger, I recommend covering his or her litter pan with a grate. This also prevents them from consuming their litter by accident, and stepping in their waste - this will keep their feet very clean!
I've used a majority of the different types of litter available, and narrowed it down to my top two. Based on personal preference, opt for a shredded paper or pelleted form litter. CareFresh and Yesterday's News are both great for absorbing urine and masking smell!
Limiting AreaIf you have a stubborn bunny, it may be best to limit their living space until they are fully litter box trained. You can use a dog exercise pen to do so, and once they get the hang of how to use the litter pan, you can expand their living area again! Anytime they start to have accidents, retract their space and repeat the process above.
Keep in mind that your bunny may be hormonal which is causing accidents. Neutering almost always fixes this problem, and makes for a much happier rabbit overall!
Other Tips & Tricks
- Use apple cider vinegar to clean up pee accidents. This not only prevents stains on the floor, but it eliminates odor and can even prevent them from peeing in that area again! This also works on old pee stains, so go ahead and try it for yourself!
- For any bunny, even ones who are already litter box trained, make sure their hay is near or over their potty corner. Rabbits tend to eat where they go to the bathroom, so this prevents confusion and can even fine tune their litter box training skills.
- If your rabbit is stubborn about using one corner in particular to go to the bathroom, it may be best to give in and move their pan to that potty corner. Believe me, this will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run.
- Trying to train your rabbit unsuccessfully? Rabbits normally lift their tail before going to the bathroom, so if you are watchful you can even try to interfere and move them to their pan in hopes of directing them where to go to the bathroom.
- If your bunny is free roam or has a large living area then it may be best to have 2+ litter pans to always be accessable and prevent accidents.
- Use the paper towel used to clean up past pee accidents and put in the litter pan. The same can be done with scattered poops to get the hint across!
- Everytime you witness them going to the bathroom in their box, praise them and give rewards / treats to encourage this behavior! It depends on the individual rabbit, but some pick up litter box training immediately, while others take time.
Do you have other tips and tricks that you find helpful? Please share!