How to potty train a rabbit fast?
March 17, 2018
You woke up one morning and found that your bunnies did not make your living room dirty with their poops and there is no urine odor.
I have been there too but fortunately, my experience with my rabbits have taught me how to potty train a rabbit fast, which you are going to learn in this article.
Dealing with a couple of cute rabbits have taught me how to teach baby rabbits to use a potty or litter box in a short time which I have shared in this article.
As someone wise once said:
The only source of knowledge is the experience.
Lucky for you as you do not have to wait for the experience. After you finish reading this article and apply all the techniques I have suggested, your rabbit will soon stop using your house as a large litter box.
AND you will save yourself from the hassle of cleaning rabbit poops here and there and become an excellent rabbit guardian.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to potty train a rabbit fast and avoid the cleaning hassles?
- 2 Litter training your rabbit to keep your house clean.
- 3 How to place rabbit litter and tray to keep your rabbits unharmed?
- 4 What to use for rabbit litter for risk-free health?
- 5 How often should you clean your rabbit litter box?
- 6 Is cat litter safe for rabbits?
- 7 Conclusion:
Can rabbits be potty trained?
The answer is YES. Rabbits are very intelligent animals and can quickly adopt new habits.
Its all about building a spayed or neutered rabbit’s habit of using a litter box. Rabbits can be taught so many tricks.
But depending on rabbit breeds and a rabbit’s age the time for them to acquire all the new habits may vary.
How to potty train a rabbit fast and avoid the cleaning hassles?
Start with a litter box filled with timothy hay and a layer of newspaper at the bottom to soak all the urine.
Then leave some rabbit poops in the litter box for the rabbits to realize it’s their toilet.
Next place the litter box where your rabbits prefer to go for pooping and urinating.
Now continue reading for a more elaborate understanding on how to litter train a bunny in a free range environment. As well as if you want to discover how to litter train a bunny in a hutch read here.
Now that I have your attention:
First, understand this litter training or teaching your rabbit to use the potty as a toilet is not difficult at all.
As well as to teach your rabbit to use the litter tray/potty, you have to spay/neuter your rabbits first. Without this first step, litter training the baby rabbits will be extremely hard.
However, you as your rabbits’ guardian you have to be patient during the training period.
Because rabbits are a habitual animal. You have to give them the time to build their habit of using the potty.
Once they have acquired the habit of going to the litter box/potty when necessary, your rabbits or bunnies will stop using your house as a large litter box.
But occasionally you will find even potty trained rabbits poop here and there in your house for several reasons which I will explain later in this article.
Litter training your rabbit to keep your house clean.
As I said litter training your rabbits are all about giving them the time to build their new habit. You as the guardian have to assist them as well to build the habit.
How can you teach them good manners?
Here’s the deal:
You have to limit your bunnies running space or restrict them in a smaller space from the beginning to litter train them. In this post, I will particularly only write about litter training a rabbit in the house or a cage free environment.
The restricted zone can be a room in your house, or a playpen or even a hutch. Within the restricted space put a litter box in a corner.
Or maybe two litter boxes in two corners as your desire. Do you know why I said to place the litter box/potty in the corners? Because rabbits usually consider the corners as their toilet.
Observe your rabbit how s/he behaves within the constrained room or the playpen and where s/he goes to the toilet.
If your rabbit uses the litter box, then it is great that she is already getting used to with the litter training and starting to build up a habit.
But if your rabbits don’t go anywhere near the potty and use any other corner of your room as his/her toilet, you have to deal with that.
How do you deal with this behavior?
You simply set the litter box/potty in the corner your rabbit prefers to go to the toilet. Upon observing that and once you mark the corner you have to shift the rabbit litter box in that specific corner.
It is much better if you use more than one litter box. Now regularly keep an eye on your rabbit within the enclosed area of your rabbits.
If they are not using the litter box, then it is your duty to teach them some manner. Obviously, you cannot be so harsh on these small cute animals due to the reason rabbits get nervous very easily.
How do you discipline your rabbits?
Instead what you have to do when you see your rabbit is pooping or urinating everywhere except the potty/litter box, quickly move them and place them in the litter box once you see them.
As well as take some of their droppings and leave it in the litter box to show them where they must go when its toilet time.
And after you place them on the potty slowly pet them and admire them for being a good bunny. Your rabbit will love the pet and start to know when to use the potty.
Once s/he realizes that the litter box is the only place where s/he must poop and pee, he/she will stop making your house dirty.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Success is not an action
But a HABIT.
Also while litter training your baby rabbits the bunny litter box you make for them plays an important role in comprehending them the litter box as a toilet.
Hence later in the article, I have written on bunny litter box ideas.
Finally, once you are satisfied with your rabbits’ behavior that he/she has learned to use the potty as required, you can slowly increase your rabbits’ territory.
Expand the area she is restricted to.
But there’s a catch:
Do not quickly expand you rabbits territory to the full house, that will overwhelm your rabbits and then she will break out of the habit of using the potty/litter box and start pooping and urinating anywhere she finds it comfortable.
Hence it is very important to slowly expand a bunnies territory. Using a rabbit pen is extremely helpful in situations like these. Read here about the best rabbit playpen.
How long does it take to litter train a rabbit?
Litter training a rabbit doesn’t take very long. Potty training a rabbit may take up to one week or more. But in some cases, it is difficult to teach a stubborn rabbit.
For some rabbits, it might take a lot longer to train them how to use a potty. In that situation, you have to be very patient and let your rabbit build the habit.
In general, a bunny will take more or less a week to learn and you will have to slowly increase her territory in order to improve her habit.
Neither It is going to happen overnight nor without your proper observation. You have to observe your rabbit behavior and pet them when they do the right thing.
It wouldn’t be very difficult as you may think but will require your patience.
In case of stubborn rabbits that do not want to use the litter box/potty as their toilet, you will have to give more than a week.
Some naughty rabbits will kick the litter out of the litter box, and some may stand on the edge of the litter box to spray urine out of the potty.
In cases like that, you can use a litter box with a cover or urine guard. Read more about this in the next subhead.
Bunny litter box ideas.
Now that you already know how to potty train a rabbit fast, you might be asking which is the best bunny litter box or some bunny litter box ideas.
These following paragraphs are all about the bunny litter box.
See bunny litter boxes must be large enough to comfy your rabbits. Do not buy a litter tray that is too small.
If the litter tray is too small for your rabbits, then you rabbits will definitely not use it as a potty. To train them to use a potty you have to buy a litter tray that is big enough.
Commercial rabbit litter trays sold in pet stores are often too small, and I never buy one of those. It has been always a waste of money purchasing those litter boxes.
So which is the perfect litter tray for rabbits?
Cat litter boxes or any large tray from hardware stores that is compatible with your rabbits’ size. Choose litter trays with a hood or maybe high side rails that way it will prevent your rabbits from spraying urine outside of the tray.
How to place rabbit litter and tray to keep your rabbits unharmed?
Now that you already know which litter tray to buy and which litter is most suitable for your rabbit, you have to now fill up the tray for your rabbit so that your rabbit understand it is their go-to place for a pee or to dump their droppings.
The first layer in the litter box must be newspapers so that the newspapers will soak all the urine. Bed the newspaper first and then fill up the tray with the second layer of rabbit litter.
Rabbit litters also do the same thing absorbing all the urine like the newspaper. But rabbit litter can control the odor of rabbit urine, unlike newspapers. Carefresh rabbit litter has excellent reviews of controlling the ammonia smell for days.
Hence rabbit litter is a must. Though some people do not use rabbit litter. It is also fine to use only newspaper but it will not control the strong smell of rabbit urine.
That’s not all:
The final layer in your rabbit litter tray will be an inch of timothy hay. Do not use any other hay. Only Timothy Hay is the best option here.
Do not use dusty hay because that will do more harm to your rabbits’ health. As your Rabbits’ guardian do you want something that is dangerous for them?
Once you are done with these three layers, place some rabbit poops in it and maybe use some hay that is soaked in rabbit urine already.
Finally, station your litter box/tray/potty in the most suitable area of you rabbits’ training zone. That way your rabbit will understand that it is a potty for them.
What to use for rabbit litter for risk-free health?
I see many people use a different kind of stuff as an alternative to rabbit litter. But trust me on this, while saving a few bucks not buying harmless rabbit litter, you are actually doing harm to your rabbit’s health.
You must always use organic litter which is made only for rabbit litter boxes. Do not use cat litter for the rabbit because rabbit often eats the litter, and cat litters are unhealthy for your rabbits.
Always buy rabbit litters that are made from alfalfa, oats, or citrus. Because once your rabbits are properly trained they will spend a lot of time in the litter box.
So you must only choose the best litter for your rabbits.
Due to the reason rabbit urine has a strong smell a citrus flavor litter will absorb all the urine preventing your house from smelling like pee.
If none of these two are available at your favorite pet store then you may order from Amazon.
How often should you clean your rabbit litter box?
There is no time limit for when you must clean a rabbits litter box, however, the more often you clean their litter box the happier your bunnies will be.
A clean litter box encourages rabbits to use them. Therefore to avoid intended accidents it is best to clean the litter box once every week.
You can use the rabbit poops as fertilizers for plants. Next, simply use white vinegar to soak wet the litter box.
White vinegar is perfect for removing any urine stains. Do not use any soap or smelly chemical to clean their litter box because rabbits are very sensitive to smells.
If the litter box smells like soap, your rabbits will definitely avoid using the litter box.
So don’t be surprised to see your bunnies not using the litter box as a potty anymore once you have washed the litter box with soap.
Is cat litter safe for rabbits?
Many rabbit guardians have a cat in the house together with their rabbits. So, it may come into their mind to use cat litter for their rabbits’ litter box as well.
So if you think whether can you use cat litter for bunnies?
The answer is an absolute NO-NO for rabbits. Due to the fact rabbits may chew in their litter, cat litter can be fatal for your rabbits.
Clay cat litters are made from materials that can cause lungs and liver problems for your rabbits. Any dusty litter must be avoided to keep your rabbits healthy.
Yesterday’s News cat litter is recommended for both rabbits and cats because it is paper-based.
Litter training a rabbit is not a difficult task. As rabbits are a habitual animal, it requires only time to build this habit in rabbits.
If you are willing to teach your rabbit some good manners, you have to be patient too during the process. In this article, I have written about litter training a rabbit in the house.
In general, the takeaway from this article is about the process of how to potty train a rabbit fast.
However, if you are interested in learning how to litter train a rabbit in a hutch – Click Here.