The right way to Litter Your Rabbit
Would you like to let your rabbit roam the house but fear the little pellets on your floor? Great news! Your rabbit can be taught how to use a litter box like a cat. Wondering how to train your rabbit on trash? Check out these tips …
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Rabbits are naturally clean animals, which means they don't want to live in their filth any more than you do.
In fact, most rabbits choose to do their business in one place – which means you have to get them to the "perfect" place and the rest will of course come.
It's simpler than you think!
All you need is the right box (and contents), ideal location, and a little patience.
Before we start, there is an important point to discuss …
Many experts advise that spaying or neutering your rabbit has many benefits to your rabbit's overall health and well-being. Among other things, the fact that it is easier to train your furry friend with junk.
When an unfixed rabbit reaches sexual maturity, they often show behavior changes.
In many cases, this is the natural tendency to mark their territory. Marking, of course, means they do their business in different areas of the house rather than sticking to the designated location.
If you haven't considered the benefits of neutering or neutering your rabbit, I recommend speaking to your veterinarian!
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Creating the perfect litter box
The first step required to effectively train your rabbit with litter is to create a small box that it will want to use.
This includes a box that is convenient for you to use and that identifies the right place.
The litter box itself can simply be a simple litter box available at any pet store and in most large boxes.
Avoid covered boxes as this will likely make your rabbit restless. This will only make the litter training process difficult and prevent him / her from even wanting to be in the box, let alone use it.
If necessary, think outside the box.
For example, if you have a larger rabbit and need a little more space, cement mixing tubs from your local hardware store will provide the space you need while still providing easy access.
Next, it's time to buy the right litter …
DO NOT buy commercial cat litter for your rabbit!
Commercial cat litter can be incredibly dangerous to your rabbit and lead to serious (and potentially life-threatening) health conditions.
This is partly due to the fact that rabbits are more likely to ingest their litter than their cats.
Potential health concerns from commercial cat litter include:
- Dust from clay litter can cause breathing problems and / or eye irritation
- Some cat litter contain zinc oxide, which can cause zinc toxicity if ingested
- Pine or cedar litter contain phenols, which can cause liver complications
- Clumping litters can cause indigestion if swallowed
Rabbit-safe litter options include paper-based litters, untreated wood chips and pellets, or ground corn on the cob litter.
Line the bottom of the litter box with a newspaper to make cleaning easier.
Fill the box about an inch. Unlike cats, your rabbit won't dig and cover their business. This means that further filling is nothing more than waste of waste.
Top your litter of your choice with fresh hay.
The hay will help entice your rabbit into the litter box and encourage them to use that space in place of another corner of your house.
Find the ideal place
There is no secret formula for finding the perfect place to crate your rabbit. Just like us, every rabbit is different with its personal preferences.
That being said, there are a few considerations to help you with this.
Choose a lower traffic corner of the house so as not to disturb your rabbit.
Watch out for noises and smells that may prevent your rabbit from staying in this area, or even scare your rabbit away from the location of the box.
Put multiple litter boxes in the areas of your home where your rabbit spends most of his time.
Finally, observe your rabbit's behavior. If you find that he / she always has "accidents" in a certain corner of the room, move the litter box to that location.
Litter Train your rabbit
Throw training is all about repetition and patience.
First, confine your rabbit to a single room or a smaller closed area of your home. If necessary, use a baby gate or metal pet enclosure to cordon off part of a larger room.
The first time you introduce your rabbit into the room, show him the location of the box.
You want to stay close for the initial stages of the training process. So you can deal with any accidents accordingly!
If your rabbit goes into the crate to do its business, praise it!
You want to make the process of using the litter box a positive thing through positive encouragement.
However, if your rabbit goes to the bathroom outside of the box, avoid using punishment as a deterrent. Rabbits don't respond well to punishment!
Instead, immediately put both the rabbit and its poop in the box and praise it.
The key is consistency!
At the beginning of the process, set a timer for intervals of 10 minutes. Every time the timer runs out, put your rabbit in the litter box and give praise to him.
If your rabbit goes to the bathroom, go ahead with the praise!
Over time, you can slowly increase the available space for your rabbit. Remember, if you add another room you may want to add another litter box too!
If you find that your rabbit regularly goes to the crate alone on his own, place the time between reminder visits.
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Be prepared for accidents
Your rabbit learns what it means it is NOT Perfect. There will be accidents, it's all part of the process.
When purifying urine, you can use white vinegar to help neutralize odors.
Alternatively, there are commercially available enzyme cleaners such as Natural wonders This effectively eliminates accidents in your area.
If you notice your rabbit regularly going to the bathroom outside of the included litter box, return to the beginning.
Take a look at the box itself, the place it's in, etc.
Is there a reason your rabbit doesn't like this room?
Don't forget that there may be health reasons at work.
Rabbits living in conditions like arthritis may have a harder time getting in and out of a litter box. Choosing a box with lower sides can make this easier.
Meanwhile, conditions like kidney or bladder stones and urinary tract infections can cause an otherwise well-trained rabbit to urinate outside the box.
If you suspect that your rabbit's behavior is due to health reasons, contact your veterinarian!
Have you trained your rabbit with litter? If so, what tips and tricks would you like to share with other rabbit owners?