When choosing litterboxes for bunnies, bigger is always better. You’ll want a box that is at least the size of a medium cat litterbox. If you have two rabbits, get something that is large enough to fit both of them at the same time. You can of course get cat litterboxes, but you can also use cement mixing trays, or shallow storage totes.
Choose a litter that is suitable for bunnies. Avoid clay or clumping litters, as well as any made from pine or cedar. You’ll want to add about an inch of litter. Cover it with some quality hay, such as Timothy hay. Add some of Floppy’s waste, or paper that is soaked with her urine. The scent will help with her training.
When you’re just starting to train Floppy, get several litterboxes, and put them in various areas. If your bunny naturally tends to use one specific area of her cage, be sure to put one there. You’ll be able to remove the extras down the road.
Bunnies like to nibble hay while they’re doing their business. You may find it helpful to get a hayrack, and position so that Floppy has to be in her litterbox to reach it.
At first, keep Floppy confined to a small area, and keep a close eye on her. Whenever she defecates, or seems as though she is about to, put her in the litterbox along with any new waste, then praise her and tell her she’s a good bunny.
What Not To Do
Never punish your furry buddy for messing up, or for not catching on quickly enough. This can backfire, and you could end up making your furball feel angry, scared, or anxious. You also don’t want Floppy to form negative associations with the litterbox. It may take some time and patience, but don’t give up!
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