litter box training rabbits?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Autumn T, May 4, 2009.

  1. Autumn T

    Autumn T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2008
    Central Texas
    the best way to go about this?

    my buck goes everywhere! he is 8 wks old
    he pees on the run making for big puddles cause he gets excited playing
    he poos none stop it seems.

    so thankful we have vinyl floors!
  2. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    1. litter box in his cage, find which corner he is pottying in
    2. litter box in an accessable spot outside the cage.
    3. litter medium in both pans
    4. pick up any pee and poop with a paper towel
    5. place soiled towels IN the litter box, ( creates a smell he associates potty with)
    6. patience, bring him to his litter pans every now and again so he gets the picture.
    7 if he pottys outside the box re cage him and wait from him to go again before letting him out.
    hope it helps.
    remember there will always be escapees from the poop factory, those can not be avoided. It happens while they are moving and is completely naural.
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    In addtion I would make sure you use vinegar or something to kill the smell where he's gone potty. Not all cleaners will do this although on vinyl floors it will be easier.
  4. legacyln

    legacyln Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Jefferson City, MO
    My vet suggested feeding the fresh veggies IN the litter pan since they poop when they eat. Hasn't helped my 9 mo old rescue b/c he won't eat veggies:eek: I know, what's wrong with him?? The rescued lop next to him eat 2 cups of greens a day and he just turns up his nose and goes over to the pellets!

    gypsy, thanks! all those tips will help me too-- I never thought of taking the poop and putting it in the pan.
  5. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Quote:Bkah yuck, could you eat where you poop. all that will accomplish is making him think the litter pan is a snack bar and nap place. Your very welcome, just try to be patient with him , he is just a baby , he will get it eventually.
    I had a Blind Holland lop, over a year old un altered who caught on very quickly. with in a few days of smelling where to go he never had an accident other than a few escapees.

    As for greens, I am not a huge fan of them, unless there is a good reason for them, they get more than enough roughage from pellets and hay. greens are a fattening treat.

    I know many sites promote greens and such but what they do not realize is those greens and some pratices do more harm than good.
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  6. lagpmgdsls

    lagpmgdsls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    My vet recommend no pellets...just veggies and hay. My 3 bunnies are healthy and active.

    Litterbox training them was pretty easy....they just seemed to catch on and do it. They are all fixed which did make it easier..especially for my females.
  7. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    I started out by keeping her in her cage for about the first week we got her, it was totally easy to figure out where her potty spot was, so I bought one of those corner litter pans and some carefresh bedding and stuck it in the corner. Automatically she started going in the litter box.

    Then after a couple of days, I got to where I let her out of her cage to play in the sunroom for an hour or so, then 2 hours the next, etc...and she ALWAYS returned to her cage to the litterbox to use the "facilities" [​IMG] Then I'd leave her out for several hours, and no accidents. Now I open her cage in the morning and she stays out all day long and I shoo her back in right before I go to bed (which could be 2 or 3 in the morning [​IMG] ). NEVER an accident. Ever.

    I think what helps is that her cage is her safe place. I don't reach in her cage if at all possible. I can refill her hay and water from the outside. I do have to reach in to fill her pellets, but I do it quickly and don't disturb anything. Also to change her litter I have to reach in, but I also do that quickly. I never reach in to get her and I never physically put her back into her cage.
    If her tray needs changed, I make sure she isn't in the cage and let her "supervise" me. She is very particular about her home! And I truly think this helps with her being comfy and returning home to use the restroom every. single. time [​IMG]

    I feed pellets, free choice hay, and a cup of greens a day. I thought that was the correct thing to do.?....
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  8. Autumn T

    Autumn T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2008
    Central Texas
    he potties in the middle of his pen next to the food bowl
    the corners are clean [​IMG]

    his food is not changing. he is on bluebonnet pellets mixed with some sort of oat from his breeder. I do need to go buy him hay today. he gets grass from my yard that has no pesticides or fertilizers (site of future organic garden)

    ok, should I corral him in an area to train him like a puppy using training pads?

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