You might think that rabbits are too messy for litter training, but you’d be wrong. Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box just like any other pet. If you’ve ever considered getting a bunny, this is one of the most important things to know about them.
Litter training your rabbit will make their life so much easier and keep your home cleaner in the process. To find out how to litter train your furry friend, read on.
The first step is to get a litter box.
Make sure that it is big enough for your rabbit to fit in, and that it has high enough sides so that they cannot easily pee over the edge. You can either use a commercial litter box specifically made for rabbits, or you can use an ordinary cat litter box with some modifications. You can even use a storage bin if you want to keep things really cheap.
Unscented, recycled paper litter is the best kind for rabbits.
It absorbs moisture better than clay or wood pellets do and has no strong odor that might bother sensitive bunny noses. If your rabbit does not like the texture of paper pellets, you can try a litter made from ground corncobs or straw.
Once you have the litter box, put it in a quiet, secluded spot where your rabbit can easily access it.
Rabbits like to do their business in private, so they will be more likely to use the litter box if they don’t feel like they’re in a very public space.
If your rabbit will be living outdoors during the warm months, you should put their litter box in an enclosure that they can use when they want to go potty and then keep closed up when you don’t want them to use it.
Once you have set up the litter box, start putting your bunny in it whenever you give them a treat.
Most bunnies will catch on pretty quickly and slowly realize that the litter box is a place where they can go to the bathroom, not just a rollicking good time!
If your rabbit does not seem to understand what the litter box is for after a week, try picking them up and placing them in the litter box every time they do their business outside of it.
If your rabbit is not potty trained by this point, you should seek help from a rabbit-savvy veterinarian or an animal trainer before continuing.
Once your bunny learns what the litter box is for, start adding hay and straw to the litter box as well.
This will help to keep their bathroom area clean and smelling nice.
Cleaning the litter box is an important part of rabbit care, but it doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
Simply dump out the old litter, give the box a good scrubbing with hot water and dish soap, and then refill it with fresh litter.
Do this once a week or so and you’ll be good to go.
Now that you know how to litter train your bunny, there’s no excuse not to get one!
Bunnies make great pets and are very easy to care for once you know the basics. They are playful, loving, and intelligent creatures that will bring a lot of joy to your life. So go ahead and add a furry friend to your family – you won’t regret it.