Good stuff is on its way! Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community. THE HARBOR HOP — Auction, Dinner and Fun! Is a Rabbit Right For Me? Yes, you can litter-train your bunny! But, spaying or neutering has to come first.
It is almost impossible to litter train an unspayed or unneutered rabbit. If you can’t resist letting bunny have the run of the house immediately, be prepared to have him consider your house as one very large litter box. Once this habit is established, it is very hard to change. It is far better to spend the time in the beginning and enjoy your fuzzy friend’s good manners. Buy the right boxes—and get more than one! Bunnies like to have enough room to stretch out in their boxes and, if you have a bonded pair, you have to allow enough room for both of them.
Your bunny will probably appreciate — and insist on — having more than one litter location. These are very roomyand inexpensive! Don’t buy litter that cedar, cedar oils, zinc or the clumping clay. This can cause serious respiratory problems. This can cause zinc poisoning and death. No Pine or Cedar litters!
These can also kill your rabbit. It can kill your bunny. You can buy Timothy Hay in bags from most pet stores, and that will do just fine. If you have a little more time, see if you can find a specialty store, feed store, or farm that sells Timothy Hay. This tends to be even yummier to discerning bunnies. If you’ve had a bunny before, you know that you can do nothing rightespecially not the first time.
Start with around one inch of litter, and cover that with Timothy Hay. Your bunny will probably have a few accidents as he or she is learning to use the box. Always remember: rabbits do not respond well to physical discipline. The most effective cleaning solution for bunny pee accidents is white vinegar. It’s a good idea to get a spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar or vinegar and water. You can also use Nature’s Miracle enzyme cleaner, but this is a bit more expensive.
While you are litter training your bunny, he or she will have to stay in an enclosed area. So, before you start training, choose and prepare the training area. A bathroom, utility room, or other small room without carpeting is a good place to start the training. You can also use a cage or an x-pen. If you are training in a room with slippery floors, put a rug or towel down for the bunny to lay on. This will help him or her feel more comfortable on a slippery floor. Be prepared to confine your bunny for a while.
Use 1″ of litter covered with Timothy hay. Add in some of the rabbit’s poops and urine-soaked paper or hay. Place the litter box whereever the bunny seems to prefer to use, which is often a corner. When you first let her into the training area, stay in the room. When she leaves droppings on the floor, immediately put both bunny and the droppings in the litter box. Tell her what a good bunny she is and pet her. Spend as much time as you can with her and when you have to leave, put her back into her cage or enclosure. Repeat this often until she has the training room mastered. Only then can you let her out into another room. If the rabbit likes to dig and moves the box around, you can use a large metal clamp to fix it to the side of the hutch. They can be purchased at most hardware stores. You might also drill a small hole in the side of the box and secure it with twist ties. Let the litter box stay a little dirty while the rabbit is learning. If you keep it too clean she will think that she is not supposed to use it. You can dispose of organic litter directly in the toilet or into the compost pile.