Just like dogs and cats, litter training rabbit can also be done using almost the same techniques you do with your other pet animals. Litter training a rabbit is not as difficult as you think it is. The key to successful rabbit litter training is patience and more importantly, the genuine love and care you show to them.
There are also some factors you have to understand as to litter training rabbit. One of these is the rabbit’s age. Some animals are trained easily at very young age, but with rabbits, the older they get, the easier it is for them to be trained. Don’t worry about training baby rabbits, you can also start training them early until they get used to it. Another factor is having them spayed or neutered. Experts believe that aside from being healthier and happier, spayed or neutered rabbits would more likely to use their litter box.
Rabbits are actually smart pets. Many long-time rabbit pet owners would agree that domesticated rabbits can be as intelligent as your canine and feline friends. This means that litter training rabbit as a pet will not give you a hard time. Below are the ways and techniques on how to litter train a rabbit, but first, let’s check the things we need.
Here are the things we need for effective litter training rabbit
1. Rabbit litter tray
If you decide to keep your rabbit as an indoor pet, then you have to get a rabbit litter tray. Most litter trays you see in the supermarket are designed for cats but there are some that are created specifically for rabbits. If you can’t find a rabbit litter tray, it’s okay, because cat litter trays are just perfect for rabbits too. Before buying, consider first the height of the tray. Make sure that it is not too high for your rabbit to get in and not too low for the urine and rabbit poop to go over the edge. Corner litter trays are ideal for rabbits and you should get at least 2 or more rabbit litter trays.
When litter training rabbit, of course, choosing the best type of litter is important. Some rabbits tend to munch the litter so always make sure that the litter, if ingested, will not harm your pet’s health. Litter made from organic components is highly recommended like those made from paper, citrus, and alfalfa. Do not use clay litter as it may cause serious illness to your pet when swallowed. Avoid using sand litters too because your pet rabbit may acquire lung problems in the long run. Wood shavings are also not recommended for rabbits.
3. Litter spot
Provide a relief area for them. Rabbits like to do such stuff in one or very few areas where no one invades. Placing their litter box in an area where they can comfortably release their waste would make it a lot easier to train them. Corner areas are most likely preferred by rabbits.
Now, let’s proceed on how to litter train a rabbit
1. Place the litter tray in a corner of where you prefer to keep your pets. If you have more than one litter box or tray, place them where the rabbits can easily access them.
2. Put some hays on the relief area. Fresh hays in particular make your rabbits to poop immediately. Also, fresh grass hay is one of their favorite rabbit foods to munch on and it is very healthy too.
3. Do not immediately fill the tray or box with litters. Observe your rabbit first because some rabbits like to dig a lot and you won’t like it when litters start to scatter around the area. You may start at least one inch high, and then you can add more in the following days if you see it fit for your rabbit.
4. Don’t get frustrated if your pets deposit their waste outside of the litter tray. Wipe the urine with a paper and pick up the poop. Add some of it in the litter box so that your pet can follow the smell next time.
5. Some rabbit owners litter train their pets by confining them very near to the litter area for a period of time or until the rabbit always urinate in their litter tray. Expand the area little by little until they find their way back to the litter tray to deposit their waste.
Again, in litter training rabbit successfully, the most important key is patience. There are times when accidents happen and you have to clean up their mess every once in a while, but as they progress you’ll be rewarded to see them litter trained and healthy.