What to put down on bottom of playpen if my bunny isn’t yet litter trained?

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I’m a new bunny mom. My bunny is 8 weeks old and he’s not litter trained yet. Originally I was thinking of putting those interlocking foam muzzle mats on the bottom of his playpen but then I read that if he were to eat it he could get sick. I’m a little hesitant to put an area rug down for two reason.
1) I don’t want him to eat the rug and ingest it and get sick
2) I don’t want him to pee on the rug
At this point I don’t know what to do.
 

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I’m a new bunny mom. My bunny is 8 weeks old and he’s not litter trained yet. Originally I was thinking of putting those interlocking foam muzzle mats on the bottom of his playpen but then I read that if he were to eat it he could get sick. I’m a little hesitant to put an area rug down for two reason.
1) I don’t want him to eat the rug and ingest it and get sick
2) I don’t want him to pee on the rug
At this point I don’t know what to do.
 

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I don't think cage pan liners will work since you have an exercise pen. The pads can be chewed and you'd need to put multiple ones down (which means they can move around and then not do their job).

You can put down a heavy duty tarp or you can get a sheet of rolled lino (with texture). The rolled lino would be the most durable and easy to clean. Just be sure the edges of the lino are beyond the sides of the ex-pen so bunny can't access them.
 

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I use old sheets, from my queen bed I no longer have. I keep the edges outside of the Xpen and they are easy to wash if mistakes happen, 95 percent of the time they use their litter box
 

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I use old sheets, from my queen bed I no longer have. I keep the edges outside of the Xpen and they are easy to wash if mistakes happen, 95 percent of the time they use their litter box
I’m getting him in 3 days. I think for now I’m just going to put down a bunch of pee pads and see how he does. He’s way too young to be neutered so potty training probably won’t be very affective until he’s older.
 

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I’m getting him in 3 days. I think for now I’m just going to put down a bunch of pee pads and see how he does. He’s way too young to be neutered so potty training probably won’t be very affective until he’s older.
Please stay FAR away from pee pads. Baby rabbits chew everything and if he eats the pee pads it could be very dangerous. Instead, use rolled lino as @Blue eyes suggested.
I would still try litter training him. I got Theo when he was only 2 months and he was easily able to be litter trained. I actually followed this link to a T and he was trained in one day! I must have gotten very lucky with him because he even stayed litter trained through his teenage years when they normally go crazy.
 

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When we bought our flemish he was kept outside with his rabbit family. No biggie.
We brought him home.
Put him in his xl dog crate.
Never used anything on the floor of his cage.
Filled his litter box with paper litter (have since changed to the pine pellets ) and hay.
Gave him a water bowl (not bottle) and bowl for his pellets.
And he literally potty trained himself that day.
Yeah he leaves a stray poop here and there still.
Free range after a week (we would put him in cage at night) now his cage stays open. It's just his home base.
Went through the hormone praying stage.
He'll be 2 next week and we've had him since he was 3 months old.

Liter training is not difficult. They eat and poop in the same place.
 

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I’m getting him in 3 days. I think for now I’m just going to put down a bunch of pee pads and see how he does. He’s way too young to be neutered so potty training probably won’t be very affective until he’s older.
Mine started potty training as soon as he was big enough to jump into the litterbox, sooner the better. He just did it on his own. And pee pads are dangerous, they can chew and eat them..causes blockages. They have a gel inside them that's not safe.
 

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I personally didn’t put anything down but I now have a rug down and mocha hasn’t chewed it ever
 

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I personally didn’t put anything down but I now have a rug down and mocha hasn’t chewed it ever
Well, as long as they are supervised, but if your not home, I wouldn't take the chance. Rugs are bad for the tummies
 

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Mine started potty training as soon as he was big enough to jump into the litterbox, sooner the better. He just did it on his own. And pee pads are dangerous, they can chew and eat them..causes blockages. They have a gel inside them that's not safe.
I’m going to put pee pads down for now. I asked the breeder what she used and she also said pee pads and that he had not chewed them. Obviously I’m going to observe him very carefully to make sure he isn’t eating something he’s not supposed to be!
 

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Please stay FAR away from pee pads. Baby rabbits chew everything and if he eats the pee pads it could be very dangerous. Instead, use rolled lino as @Blue eyes suggested.
I would still try litter training him. I got Theo when he was only 2 months and he was easily able to be litter trained. I actually followed this link to a T and he was trained in one day! I must have gotten very lucky with him because he even stayed litter trained through his teenage years when they normally go crazy.
I contacted the breeder and she said she uses pee pads in the playpen he’s currently in and that he hasn’t chewed it! I’m going to put the pee pads down for now and watch him very closely to make sure he doesn’t eat them, if he does I’ll remove them. Thanks for the advice!!
 
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