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How to Litterbox Train a Bunny

September 15, 2016

Bunnies are certainly super cute, and have been charming people for centuries with their adorable faces and sweet personalities. Caring for bunnies is very different from caring for cats in many ways, but there are some similarities between Floppy and Fluffy. One thing these endearing furballs have in common is the fact that both can be litterbox trained. Although litterbox training bunnies is harder than training cats, it may be easier than you think! A San Antonio, TX veterinarian offers some tips on litterbox training rabbits below.

Supplies

Before starting Floppy’s housetraining, you’ll need to get some supplies. A litterbox is, of course, first and foremost. You can use a medium or large cat litter box. A rubber cement-mixing tray or plastic storage tote will also work. If you have two bunnies, get something that’s big enough to hold them both at once. You may want to start with several litterboxes. Down the road, you can remove the extra ones, but they’ll be helpful for training. Bunnies like to eat while they’re using the facilities, so arrange things so that Floppy has to go into her litterbox to get her hay. (Tip: you may want to get a hayrack.) You’ll also need to choose a litter. Avoid clay and clumping litters, as well as those made from pine or cedar. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Setup

When you arrange Floppy’s private bathroom, put some of her waste in her litterbox. This will encourage her to use it. If she uses a specific place as her powder room, put a litterbox there. It may help to confine your furry friend to a certain area for training. Use a puppy pen to make this easier.

Training

Training will take time and effort, but it will be well worth it in the end. When you let your adorable pet out to play, watch her very closely. If your bunny looks like she is about to go, pick her up and put her in her powder room. When she uses the litterbox, immediately reward her praise, cuddles, and/or a treat or toy. When Floppy has accidents, put the waste in her litterbox. Never punish your furball for messing up: instead, focus on rewarding her for doing well.

Do you have questions about your bunny’s health or care? Contact us, your local San Antonio, TX animal hospital, anytime!

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