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Hi everyone,
My holland lop bunny has been using this amazon jumbo litterbox for 3 weeks now:
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However, I was told this would be bad for my rabbit’s feet. I think he likes to dig a lot so I originally got this to prevent digging. I use carefresh unscented paper litter.

Any suggestions? Throw away this litterbox and get one of those cat litterboxes?
 

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I just use a sizable plastic storage tub with wood pellets (not shavings) topped with hay. I haven't had issues with digging but you'd have to try it with your bunny. They hay on top may prevent the digging.

I'm not a big fan of Carefresh because I found it got dragged about and made a mess. Nothing wrong with using it, but I found the pellets to be better at controlling odor (not to mention much cheaper).

Large litter boxes mean less frequent cleaning and more consistent potty habits. The one I use is about 16" x 23." Here's how I set up my litter box.

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All that said, having a wire floor for an entire rabbit cage flooring isn't advised, but if it is just over the litter box, it is fine. The idea is that a rabbit shouldn't be only on a wire floor. But if the rest of the cage is solid flooring, then it is perfectly ok to have wire on just the litter box.
 

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I have 4 rabbits and for two of my rabbits I am able to set up my litter boxes the way Blue eyes does in the post above. The other two rabbits dig in their litter boxes, and I have had to use scatterless pans like the one from Amazon. I do put some hay on top of the scatterless pans, making it softer for rabbit feet, and the wire keeps the litter in the pan.
 

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The other suggestions are great you could also add one of those cat litter boxes with a lid. That way if he does dig the only bedding that will come out will come through the door hole if that. I also use wood pellets and have never had digging issues.
 

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Rather than using a box with a lid that can entrap those fumes, you could also try something like this...
 

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Nice suggestion but lids are safe. The only way fumes would build up would be in-absorbent bedding or not cleaning enough. And if it’s the latter then that’s a whole other issue in itself.
 

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If you decide to go with a scatterless litter pan, you can easily make your own. You can buy a 4' x 2' egg crate styrene lighting panel from a hardware store like Menards or Home Depot for less than $15. Use a pliers to break off a piece that will cover the litter in the bottom of your litter pan. I was able to use one panel to cover the bottoms of 3 pans. You can search YouTube for instructions, "How to Make a Grate for a Rabbit Litter Box."
 

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Nice suggestion but lids are safe. The only way fumes would build up would be in-absorbent bedding or not cleaning enough. And if it’s the latter then that’s a whole other issue in itself.
This may boil down to opinion, but regardless how absorbent a litter is, ammonia fumes will still rise. A lid will only serve to trap those fumes and bunny will be breathing in those fumes with their delicate lungs. A high-sided box will serve the same purpose without the risk of continually having to inhale those fumes -- especially for those buns that like to lounge in their litterbox. I would not consider lidded litter boxes to be "safe."
 

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This may boil down to opinion, but regardless how absorbent a litter is, ammonia fumes will still rise. A lid will only serve to trap those fumes and bunny will be breathing in those fumes with their delicate lungs. A high-sided box will serve the same purpose without the risk of continually having to inhale those fumes -- especially for those buns that like to lounge in their litterbox. I would not consider lidded litter boxes to be "safe."
I understand what you’re saying but litter boxes shouldn’t be staying dirty for that long. I’ve never heard of a rabbit dying of these toxic fumes anyways unless by severe neglect and living in feces. Thank you for bringing this up but it is not right to make others fearful for their rabbit(s) lives over a very popular litter box choice.
 

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However, I was told this would be bad for my rabbit’s feet.

No, that isn't a problem for your rabbits feet at all. Be sceptical about everything that is told about what is good or bad for rabbits, there's lots of just personal opinions around without any actual base.
Wire cages are widly used for breeding rabbits because wire floor has actually some advantages. Exemptions may be Rex rabbits due to their type of fur, or very large breeds. Note, that's about the whole cage, not just a toilet where he doesn't spend most of the day.

I use the setup BlueEyes pictured above, with wood stove pellets under hay.
 
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I use a hooded litter box for my rabbit.upload_2020-1-12_20-29-9.jpeg
I took the plastic door off and it took him a few days to get used to jumping in and out of it, as he had never had a litter box. If he digs it stays inside the litter box and the only problem I have is him kicking one or two out when he hops out.
It was £12 BP which is about $15 US. It was in the cat section at my local pet store.

I set it up almost the same way the others do.
Open lid, put puppy pads down (not necessary), add two scoops of wood litter (not sure how much it actually is but it covers a little more than half of the base), add hay (I put it all over), change every four days.
 

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My 2 rabbits share a large cat litter tray- news paper then paper pellets and Timothy hay on top- empty and clean daily and no smell- mine don’t dig but the sides should stop it coming out . I also have had he lidded type as extra that would stop digging being a problem.
Hi everyone,
My holland lop bunny has been using this amazon jumbo litterbox for 3 weeks now:
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However, I was told this would be bad for my rabbit’s feet. I think he likes to dig a lot so I originally got this to prevent digging. I use carefresh unscented paper litter.

Any suggestions? Throw away this litterbox and get one of those cat litterboxes?
 

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This is a good thread. I use a box for Dortmund, but he's a bit of a spaz and any movement in the room causes him to panic and kick his litter all over the place. A higher litter box wall or a hood is a great idea.
 

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Good thread going here, thought I'd join. In the many years I've owned rabbits, the best litter box that works for dwarf breeds is Petmate large / jumbo size litter box! Found on Amazon for around $10 USD. I've been using for years, and never had an issue with a rabbit consuming the material, or have anything happen regarding this box. Easy to clean too. I fill it with a layer of care fresh litter and then a generous handful of Timothy Hay on one side. One thing I recently learned and thought I'd share is that rabbits pick out and only eat unsoiled hay, so no need to worry about a rabbit eating dirty hay.
Going back to your original question - my opinion is that wire may be all right, but should be avoided. Dwarf breeds such as Holland lops have thicker feet fur so wire is considered safe. Even though I own Hollands, I try to avoid that it all cost for the known side effects such as sore hocks. One of my rabbits is a digger, and I do not have much problem with this litter box because it is high sided. Would also like to note... Please avoid the corner litter boxes! They are not as comfy or good for rabbits as a square cat boxes. I hope this was helpful, and good luck finding a new box!

You do not have to throw away this box unless extremely used, you can always donate to a local rabbit shelter or find another use for it. I really like the box that Vicki Taylor shared a picture of. I have not used the exact one, but the sides are perfect for dwarf rabbits - especially hormonal bucks who spray pee haha. Like I said above, the Petmate litter box that I recommend has tall sides that keep all of the pee in the box, yet still low enough for them to easily hop in. Please give it a try, I promise you will not regret it!!
 

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Thank you for bringing this up but it is not right to make others fearful for their rabbit(s) lives over a very popular litter box choice.
I don't believe I said anything to "make others fearful for their rabbit(s) lives." I pointed out what I believe to be a valid concern. Even one day's worth of urine will emit fumes that can't easily escape a lidded box. Other forums have shared the same concern.

My point was that a high-sided (no-lid) box can serve the same purpose.

People can make their own choice as to whether or not they consider a lidded box to be a risk. Hiding that potential risk is what would not be right.
 

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Hi everyone,
My holland lop bunny has been using this amazon jumbo litterbox for 3 weeks now:
View attachment 44648

However, I was told this would be bad for my rabbit’s feet. I think he likes to dig a lot so I originally got this to prevent digging. I use carefresh unscented paper litter.

Any suggestions? Throw away this litterbox and get one of those cat litterboxes?
Hi, many commercial breeders use fully wired floor and say it's all good but I don't think so if you have to stay on wire 24/7 and there's no other option, but if you only have it on your litterbox and your rabbit's only go there when uses toilet that should be fine. I have a similar one in my avatar think it's a bit smaller than yours, my rabbits love it, I tried it for different rabbits as their main toilet or as an extra spot, Smokey in my avatar has a large high border box with wood pellets on one side and this smaller corner toilet because she used that corner as well so i just putted an extra spot for her. My other girl Harley uses it as her main toilet and she also has big toilet with wood pellets and she just pulls some hay on them and uses as her bed, she doesn't pee there at all, all goes into this yellow box. You can also offer both boxes to your rabbit and see what they likes, or use both like I do. I also put some wood pellets inside so there's no smell at all, they usually use only corner and pellets are only wet in that spot so I just put some in the corner and change when needed, I am planning on getting more they're really handy. Well depending on your rabbit.
Remember when Smokey learned to use it it was in her play area, she did once I said oh Smokey you used your new toilet very good girl! I gave her a pellet for that and she was so excited she went back and peed in there again and looked at me, I said again oh Smokey you're so good you used your toilet again very good girl my beautiful, I gave her a pellet again and she did again and she looked so happy was running there again and back to me again, looked like a happy spaniel :))
Harley and Arnie like sleeping on it too, I don't worry about it because they have a choice, but also if your rabbit is very overweight and jumps a lot on it they can develop sore hocks, but it can happen on hard floor too.

My girls like laying in their big litterboxes too but interestingly my boys never lay where they pee, especially Fred. He's very pedantic he only goes into one corner of his litterbox just one spot, I had a corner box without grate for him previously and it was great too, I just needed it for training for the babies later so he now has big toilet but he doesn't really need it. I've just ordered a few corner toilets for my boys I place them into two corners so they have more room for binkies and they use corners. Boys are different, my boys don't dig and I don't even use any grid. I'll take a pic later
 
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My bun's wire-base cage is mostly covered with flooring cardboard and only his loo area is left exposed. This is the only safe way we can set up his living, but he's messy enough even without open litter box.
And it works fine for all our family. So it is not bad at all.
 
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