American Veterinary Hospital

2109 Tapo Street #3
Simi Valley, CA 93063

(805) 581-9111

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Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm

How to Potty Train a Rabbit

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Rabbits make wonderful pets! One thing many people don’t know about these adorable little furballs is that they can be potty-trained. Needless to say, teaching Floppy how to use a litterbox can make things much easier for you! In this article from a Moorpark, CA veterinarian, you’ll learn how to potty-train your bunny.

Choosing Litterboxes

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.

Setup

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.

Options

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.

Hay

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.

Starting Out

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!

Do you have questions or concerns about your rabbit’s health? We can help! Contact us, your Moorpark, CA veterinary clinic, anytime.

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