Rabbits do a great job of keeping themselves clean, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a bit messy! In order to keep the cage as clean as possible, you should definitely litter train your bunny.
Here is everything you need to know, according to a professional veterinarian, on how to make sure that your rabbit uses the litter box.
Choose the right box
It all starts with choosing the right box. Small boxes aren’t very appealing to a bunny, even if he’s on the small side. Instead, opt for a larger box.
Your pet should be able to turn around a full 360 degrees without stepping foot outside the box. Corner litter boxes can be used, but often, a basic rectangular tray will work best.
The height of the sides is important to consider as well. The box should have a low front, which makes it easy for a rabbit to hop inside.
What you put in the box matters
It is essential that you use a rabbit-safe litter. Do not use cat litter. It is very dusty and can cause respiratory problems for your furry friend.
Not only should you place plenty of rabbit-safe litter in the box, you also need to pile hay on top of the litter. As strange as it sounds, bunnies like to chew while they go potty! With plenty of hay to munch on, your pet is more likely to visit the box when it’s time to do the deed.
Keep the box clean
This is perhaps the most important point to follow if you want to make sure that your rabbit uses his litter box regularly. It needs to be kept clean.
Unlike a cat box that you can scoop, your bunny’s litter box needs to be completely dumped at least once a day. If you have a large rabbit, or if you have more than one pet, you may need to consider dumping it multiple times a day. Dumping the box also means replacing the hay!
If you’re having trouble convincing your pet to use the box, try placing a bit of his waste inside so he knows what the box is for. You can also call your local veterinarian to learn more about pets care.