Litter Training Rabbits

Yes, its possible to litter train your rabbit. A litter trained rabbit can help reduce your clean up time, decreases smell, and gives your bun a more cleaner and hygienic living space.

By nature, rabbits choose one or a few places (usually corners) to go to the bathroom. Here are a few tips to help you train your rabbit to use the litter box.

First have a proper litter substrate. vbfI prefer to use compressed saw dust pellets (wood stove pellets) as they are inexpensive and effective.

Find an area that your rabbit tends to pee/poop in most. Scattered poo is your rabbit’s territory droppings so you need to find the area where your rabbit actually has most of its poo piled up. Place the litter box in that area.

Put your rabbit’s hay in the litter box, or hang the hay rack right above litter box- I personally use a ceramic bowl placed in the corner of the litter box and stuff it with hay. Just like in the wild, where rabbits eat grass and poo, rabbits will tend to eat hay and do their business. So leaving the hay near the litter box helps A LOT in litter training.

If your rabbit pees outside the litter box pick up the urine with a tissue and place that back into the litter box, same with rabbit poo, always place it back into litter box so your rabbit will know that is where it is supposed to go.

Does age make a difference?

Older rabbits are easier to train than younger rabbits, especially babies. A rabbit’s attention span and knack for learning increases as they grow up. If you have a baby, chances are you have to stick with it pooping everywhere. And if you are deciding to litter train your older rabbit, go for it!

Does spaying/neutering make a difference?

Yes! This is often the most important factor. When rabbits reach the age of 4-6 months, their hormones become active and they usually begin marking their territory, making them pee and poop all over the place. By spaying or neutering your rabbit, he or she will be more likely to use his/her litter box.

*Remember rabbits are rabbits, and although they can be litter trained you can expect a few droppings of poop outside of the litter box or maybe an accident sometime or another- so don’t lose hope or be very frustrated with your bun.

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