Can Rabbits Be Litter Trained? | Pet Rabbits

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Amy: Mary, can my rabbit be litter box trained?

Mary: It’s probably too late. Your rabbit is 12 years old. Can rabbits be litter box trained? Yes. You don’t even have to train them. They’re immaculately clean animals by nature, and all you really have to do is help them find the litter box.

With cats, for example, you can fill the box with appropriate litter material and put the litter box down and the cat will find it. With rabbits it’s a little bit different. Rabbits have their own preferred corners for eliminating. And you have to find where the rabbit would enjoy eliminating and put the litter box there. The best way to attract a rabbit into a litter box is to have litter material on hand that rabbits love, such as, will you do the honors?

Amy: Hay. I mix hay. I use different hays because I spoil my rabbit. Sometimes I top a little of that hay on top, which I know, you don’t want to use just all oat hay or alfalfa hay, but I add a little bit of treat hay sometimes.

Mary: Now watch what’s going to happen here. It’s exactly what we want. If you fill a litter box with hay. We have a layer or two of newspaper on the bottom to line it, then we fill it up with hay, the rabbit will be attracted because the hay smells fresh and wonderful and the rabbit will sit in the litter box and pee and poop just the same way as a rabbit that’s wild will sit in your backyard and pee and poop, and you won’t have any litter box issues.

The big problem with rabbits and litter boxes, is usually that people give the rabbit too much freedom too soon in the home, and what you really should do, when you’re working with a new rabbit, is keep the rabbit in a pen or in a very generous size cage, with that litter box in one corner until the litter habits are really well established. Once you see the rabbit going regularly to pee and poop in the litter box, then you can open the cage and allow a little bit of territory. Maybe you want to add a few more litter boxes in corners of your house.

But you don’t want to give the rabbit a lot of freedom immediately because you will never be able to keep up, and once the rabbit urine marks different areas in your home, it’s very hard to keep them from going back to the same area.

Amy: And also they like to be under things so, like now, I have an awning, I had somebody make an awning for my rabbits, so the box is underneath something. So, underneath a table, or you can make a little house out of a cardboard box. They kind of like that kind of thing.

Mary: And there’s one other thing to know about litter box training too, and a lot of people ask this question. They say, “Well, my rabbit is urinating in the litter box perfectly, but I still find poops around the house. What’s up with that?” And the thing about it is, rabbit poops are not just excretion, they’re also territory markers. So you can expect that to happen, whether a rabbit litter box trained or not, you can expect a few stray poops left around.

Amy: They’re like peppercorns.

Mary: They are. Like large peppercorns. Don’t serve them to your guests on salads. But they are going to be around your house. Most people don’t mind because they’re dry and they’re virtually odorless. You can pick them up and throw them out, but don’t forget to wash your hands.

Amy: But wash your hands. That’s what I was going to say.

Mary: So, yes, they can be litter trained.

Amy: It’s easy. They train you where to put the box and then they use it. That’s the bottom line. Easy.

18 Replies to “Can Rabbits Be Litter Trained? | Pet Rabbits”

  1. Just got an adult rabbit from a rescue, she came fixed and litter box trained. Best pet ever, never buy from a breeder.

  2. So they are scent oriented. Take a handful of soiled litter and put one in multiple areas you will be keeping them. Sounds like this would work

  3. Will the rabbit not eat the timothy hay that they have peed & pooped on though?

  4. I love these two presenters! 
    P.S. They also give me the vibe of Moira Rose talking with Easter in American Gods…

  5. Lol I just got a new rabbit he's around 3 months old.. did some hops pooped little poops until he actually started eating the alpha hay then they got to regular size and he finally drunk water and ate some pellets.. he needs to be trained still I was wondering why he hasn't peed at all til I watched your video about having more hay in the little than I did and put him In there and he finally peed..

  6. Does anybody know if beautiful bunny ladies has a site or even better a YouTube channel or rabbit Patreon? Seems like a very wise duo.

  7. We free roamed the rabbit as soon as we got it from the petstore. We are hoping to start training her this week by getting a play pen. I hope it works

  8. yeh my rabbit has decided to be different, he will not potty in his eating area and he likes it clean all the time, so basically its a one time use. He's clean! great how on earth do I keep up with that?

  9. But when I put my bunny white rabbit in litter box, it eats the grass from that box only, I am worried, if it catches infection!

  10. Oh my rabbit is white too so yeah I’m gonna buy it now gonna tell my mom like to buy it because I’m seven because when I push her outside I cannot put her outside to poop and P because my other I have a neighbor has a dog he’s my neighbor and then can’t put her in the grass so yeah I love her and that I don’t know she’s a girl I think she’s a girl because I don’t know yeah

  11. I meantioned wanting to get a rabbit to my mother and she was like: “Well rabbits poop everywhere.” “Okay but you can litter box train them” “I’ve never heard of anybody doing that” “Yes well we also don’t know anybody who owns a rabbit”

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