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house rabbit training litter guide

🐇💕House rabbit training guide

Having trouble training your house rabbit? Does your bunny seem to only listen when food is on the table? Perhaps they can't refrain themselves from doing their business in all the wrong spots? Read our quick guide on house rabbit training.

 

We have been getting a lot of questions asking us, how do you litter train your house rabbit?

 

Litter training should be done as soon as you get your rabbit. This is because the rabbit will find it easier to learn. It is possible to train any rabbit, however rabbits that have been spayed or neutered have a much higher success rate.

 

Now the first step is to buy a good litter box suitable for rabbits. Usually we recommend buying boxes designed for rabbits but these tend to be too small for rabbits to comfortably use. It should fit into their cage easily, putting the tray or box into the corner of their cage or play area is a smart strategy.

 

At first it might seem as though your house rabbit training is failing, your bunny has no regard for where they do their business but this will change over time if you follow these simple steps. When your bunny misses the tray or box, you can simply use a paper towel to soak up wee and pick up their poops and place them back into the litter tray. Spray down the place where they went outside of their litter box with a water and vinegar solution. This masks their scent and they should prefer to go to the toilet in their litter box after some time if you are persistent.

 

This works for most house rabbit litter training, but not in all cases will this method succeed. Usually this is caused by them preferring a different spot. If all else fails you can give in and try moving the box to somewhere they prefer.

 

Another strategy that works well is to put their hay next to the litter tray so they are accessible to your rabbit. Rabbits have a tendency to enjoy eating while they are on the toilet. Yes really. Try it, it might work for you and your rabbit will kick their naughty habits.

 

Here is a great hay feeder you can use in combination with the large litter trays.

House rabbit litter trays

This larger house rabbit litter tray allows your rabbit to easily access their restroom. Pair it up with the hay feeder and they should be one happy bunny!

 

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  • OK, my rabbit’s name is Cookie and I’ve been told she’s female by several people . . . I don’t believe it because “she” got up on her hind legs and humped my leg during play. Doesn’t seem like a female thing to do! Cookie’s habitat is a 42" cage bottom placed in a 5’ hard plastic kiddie pool with a dog exercise pen in an octagonal shape around it. I put Cookie’s plate and bowl on one end, her empty tissue box full of hay in the middle, and her clean & new oil pan with wood pellets in it on the opposite side. She has a blankie (old towel) in a cardboard box that has a U-shaped door cut out. It’s turned over and used like a hutch. She likes to be in it or on it depending on her mood. When I first got Cookie, she had the run of the house. Not a good idea because she wasn’t toilet trained. So I started her with a tiny area and cleaned up accidents with vinegar and water (threw the poop where I wanted her to go). Then as she became more trained to go in that corner, I put a small-lipped box with the pellets there. When she got good with that, I got a deeper box. Then I got the oil pan. She does like rearranging her habitat, but she leaves the oil pan alone. I clean it by easily picking it up and dumping it into the compost bin. Now, I cordon off the bedroom hallway with a fireplace screen and let her run around for a few hours. Bunnies need quite a bit of exercise. She has been known to mark that area once. Please make sure you do not use fragranced litter or the wrong wood pellets. You don’t want to harm bunny. Cat litter dust is bad for bunny lungs. Also, no bags of food pellets with treats in them. Just the plain food pellets. Treats should be a 1/2" of carrot (or carrot peels), or apple, or banana, or blueberry, or strawberry leaves with as little strawberry on it as possible (I freeze the leaves). Clover, dandelions, celery leaves, parsley, watercress are a few more treats. If you bake cookies for your rabbit DO NOT use honey or alfalfa. Use mashed banana, Timothy Hay dust, some parsley and moosh it all together until it sticks. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1/2 hour and let cool in the oven to harden. Only make them about an inch in diameter and only feed one/day as the treat for the day. Do not give your bunny yogurt or those treats from the store. To bunny proof those cables and electrical wires, get some air tubing and slice it open. Use it to cover the wires. If you don’t give your bunny play time and socialization time, then you might see the backside of a bored bunny that is made at you. Hope this helps some of the questions I read.

    Jill on

  • I had a rabbit that played with toys. He would throw them across the room, chase it down and throw it again. Sometimes he would bring it too me too throw for him, I think he thought he was a dog. He was so cute, his name was Matty! He was a lop eared dwarf rabbit.

    Susan W on

  • I got a bunny called cookie.he is trained in the house and outside. BUT theres 2 problem.He is always nipping you. Its really pain full and once i couldn’t walk after. 2 he is aslways trys to eat the cable to phones and even tvs. What can u do????

    Grace on

  • I have a male, lion head rabbit. His name is bugsy. What do I put in the litter tray?

    Thank you.

    Rosemary on

  • I have a male, lion head rabbit. His name is bugsy. What do I put in the litter tray?

    Thank you.

    Rosemary on

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