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How to housebreak your Bunny

Updated on April 21, 2011

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Litter-training your Bunny

Dear Happy Bunny Owner!

Perhaps you are a newbie in bunny holding, or you’re having some problems with your present pet, I have to tell you, that litter-training your bunny is very easy! You only have to know about the behavior of these wonderful pets and you’ll understand how they think of certain things.

First you have to understand, that bunnies like to use the same spot, every time, when they go to the toilet. So your first step will be to pay attention to your bunny, where he/she likes to go the most.

First Step

While keeping your bunny in the cage, you have to check his/her favorite toilet spot inside the cage. Bunnies always pick one of the corners, so if you have a regular cage, than you’ll have 4 opportunities. So the first step is not that hard.

Second step

Go to a pet shop, and buy a litter box, especially designed for rabbits, or ferrets. These are always designed to fit in the corner, with little hooks on them, so you can fix them on the side of your pet’s cage. They have a triangle base, and two higher sides, so the litter won’t land on your floor from the cage, and your bunny will feel safer. They’re usually made of plastic.

Third Step

After you have taken the litter box home, wash it thoroughly, because rabbits are sensitive for dust. Now that it’s clean, put it in that corner, which your bunny used most of the time, most frequently. Put some fresh, new litter in it, and mix it with a portion from the used one. This way, your bunny will feel its smell in the new furniture in his/her world, and won’t be afraid of using it.

Fourth Step

Pay attention to your bunny, if he/she uses its new litter box. I bet he/she will! This way, it’s much easier for you to keep the cage clean, because you only have to change the bedding in the litter box on a daily basis. With the help of this box, you can keep your bunny much healthier. Of course you have to change the whole cage’s bedding after a couple days.

Fifth Step

If you came to the decision, that you would like to let your bunny run free in your apartment, use another litter-box in one of the rooms, if you wish. My personal experience is that my bunny simply jumps back in the cage and in its litter box, if she has to go to the toilet, so I never had to use another, outsider one. It depends on your experiences and on your bunny’s personality, how you see him/her behave, but a litter box in the apartment can be a good idea too. You only have to choose a corner in the room, which your pet will favor. Remember, corner is the keyword here!:)

I’m sure that your favorite bunny will accept the litter box quickly, so you will see how smart and well-trained he/she is! I hope I could help you, but if you have any further questions about this theme, please feel free to ask or leave a comment! Good luck and have a lot of fun with your pet!

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      Fatima Luis 

      6 years ago

      Hey Beata, I have need your advice.

      I have a bunny that I got for Christmas and I potty trained him with the litter box.he pees in his litter box but poops everywhere. I was okay with it because i tried and couldn't get him out of that habit. Everything was going great until about three days ago. I noticed that he changed his corner and so I moved the box and the next day it was fine but today he has been using three corners! He poops and pees in the box, poops in another corner and pees in a third corner. What should i do, cause i am running out of luck and my dad isn't exactly an animal person so advice would be VERY nice.

      Fatima

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      szelesibeata 

      6 years ago from Hungary

      Hello Lidia!

      I'm really glad that you like my bunny advices!

      You don't have to change the bedding in the litter box after your bunny have used it. Even if you keep the litter box inside the bunnycage or in the room, you only need to clean it out about 2 or 3 times a week. On one hand, your bunny can still smell it, while on the other hand it still won't disturb you. You will see, that when your bunny starts to use the litter box and you clean it regularly, you'll have to clean the whole cage's bedding only about once a week.

      Hope that I could help you! If you have any more questions, please send me another comment.

      Thank you,

      Beata

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      Lidia 

      6 years ago

      Cool. So do we change the litter everytime the bunny uses it?

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      Nichol marie 

      7 years ago from The Country-Side

      So cute love the pictures too

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