Litterbox Training a Bunny

Has a bunny recently joined your household? Floppy is a very cute little furball, and can make a great house pet! One thing that many people are not aware of is the fact that bunnies can be litterbox trained. A Walnut, CA vet discusses litterbox training bunnies in this article.

Supplies

First, you’ll need to get some supplies. For the litterbox itself, you can get a large cat box. A new cement mixing pan will also work. If you have more than one furball, be sure to get something big enough for them both to fit in at once. When choosing litter, avoid clay and clumping litters, as well as anything made from pine or cedar. You may need to experiment a bit to find out what your bunny likes best. A hayrack will also be helpful. Bunnies like to eat while they use the powder room, so position it right over Floppy’s litterbox.

Getting Set Up

We recommend getting several litterboxes to start. Once Floppy is potty-trained, you’ll be able to remove the extras. When you set up the litterboxes, add some of your pet’s waste or soiled bedding to it. This can help for training. (Note: it’s still important to keep the litterbox clean.)

Training Area

You may find it easier to confine your furry pal to one room or area for training. At first, keep a very close eye on your bunny, especially just after she’s eaten. If you see Floppy acting as though she is about to go, immediately pick her up and put her in her litterbox.

Tips

When training your bunny, never punish Floppy for doing something wrong, or for not picking things up quickly enough. Bunnies don’t really understand punishment, so this may just confuse, anger, or frighten your pet. Instead, you want to help your furry friend form a positive association with the desired behavior, which is in this case using the litterbox. Offer your four-legged bunny toys, treats, and praise when she uses her powder room. Be patient and consistent! Training can take some time, but it will be well worth it in the end. Last but not least, you’ll have much better luck if you spay or neuter your bunny. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Walnut, CA pet hospital, for all your bunny’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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