Monday, November 26, 2012

Get the Scoop on Litter-boxes!

Rabbits are extremely popular small animals because of their intelligence. Their personalities vary in the same way as human's personalities do. Some can be lazy, some can be energetic.....  But those kind of differences aren't the reason humans share their homes with these amazing creatures--it's the gentleness and affection they show towards their people that counts. It isn't the same as a dog's drooly lick when you get nuzzled with a bunny's cool, wet nose; neither is it the same when a rabbit shoves you off of "his" chair while you're trying to watch TV. Rabbits are naturally clean animals; they wash themselves at least 7 times a day, and they use the bathroom in the same place as long as they've been shown love and human care. When your rabbit was a baby bunny, he or she learned things like this from his mother before he was introduced to your home and family as a grown rabbit. These animals are a lot like cats when it comes to hygiene and cleaning, therefore, they are beloved by many.


Not much effort is needed during the training process of litter-boxes. The main thing to do is, on a daily basis, scoop some of the waste from the rabbit's "bathroom corner", and place in in the litter-box. In a few weeks, the bunny will start to catch on, and he'll want to sit inside the box. Rabbits spend most of their time on the litter-box, and not just for when they have to "go". Your rabbit will enjoy eating, resting, and even grooming while sitting on their box. Whenever I look at Daisy in her cage, she's sitting in her litter-box and chewing on her salt-lick that is attached to her hay feeder!

What to buy

Bulky litter-boxes made for cats are not for in the cage. Most rabbit-owners keep them handy during the day, when the bunny is roaming the house and he just might be upstairs when his box is downstairs in the cage. Critter Corner recommends keeping a box on each level. For example, if you have a 2-story house plus a basement and the cage is on the 1st level, put one upstairs and one downstairs. Bathrooms are a good location to put the box, so when you clean it, the mess doesn't get all over. But what about at night, when it's time to round your bunny up and put her back in the cage for a long rest? In the Small Pet area of your local pet-store, you can look for boxes that fit your pet's cage. If you don't see any there, ask a clerk who specializes in small pets if he can get some in stock. If you do find some, choose one that fits your rabbit's size well. Remember that a baby bunny grows!
Also remember that your rabbit is prone to Sore Hocks, which is a disease to the foot by sitting on urine often. Buy a litter-box that has good plastic that can't be chewed, and also a lock that locks a grate into place so your pet's waste falls below, and doesn't get all over your pet's feet.

A Final Word

So, remember that once your pet has been litter-trained, he will not go on the floor or any other place. If you are positive your pet is trained, and he or she is still getting urine on the floor, that means he or she has a rare disease that causes him to be unable to control his or her bladder.

Tip: Boy rabbits need a higher litter-box because they spray when urinating, so it could get all over your wall.

Thanks for reading today's post! See you next time on CC!

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