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Tally943
04-29-13, 02:59 pm
Patrick is so annoying when it comes to his litterbox. First of all, no matter how many chew toys I put in his cage he chews his litterbox. (its a corner one by the way:All Living Things™ Lock-N-Litter Pan for Rabbits & Ferrets - Litter Pans & Accessories - Small Pet - PetSmart (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752714&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo), and the litter:All Living Things™ Rabbit Litter - Litter Pans & Accessories - Small Pet - PetSmart (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11279854&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo)) , I also put the hay rack above the box because I know they like to eat it while they go. But no, he doesnt touch the hay, he poops out of the box (in the middle of the cage) and he pees all over his cage. I have took him to the vet and theres nothing wrong with him. He is a 5 month old dutch rabbit. Any help would be great! Thankyou!

SophieBunny
04-30-13, 12:44 pm
Is he neutered? If he's neutered, he will be more likely to use his litter box and not feel the need to mark his territory. How big is the litter box? If he can't fit his whole body into it comfortably he might not want to use it. Does he use one specific corner for his toilet? If he does, litter training him is as simple as putting the litter box in that corner. You may need more than one box at first (until he learns what they are for) if he chooses more than one corner as his toilet.
My rabbits were litter trained by putting their litter boxes in their favourite toilet corners, and if they peed or pooped outside of the box we just scooped it up and put it in the litter box. They learned pretty quickly what the litter boxes were for. As Patrick is young, it will be more difficult to litter train him, but keep persevering! :)

Tally943
04-30-13, 01:35 pm
Yep, He came from the APL so hes neutered. And it seems like he peed in this one corner only so I rearranged his entire cage to make it work, and now im not sure, I will be sure when I clean his cage on sunday! As for the poop, I put newspaper where he normally goes and it worked, he went on it, so I poured it into the litter box and I havnt seen anymore today! :)


What do you think the chewing is about? Is he trying to move it?

SophieBunny
04-30-13, 02:33 pm
Yep, He came from the APL so hes neutered. And it seems like he peed in this one corner only so I rearranged his entire cage to make it work, and now im not sure, I will be sure when I clean his cage on sunday! As for the poop, I put newspaper where he normally goes and it worked, he went on it, so I poured it into the litter box and I havnt seen anymore today! :)

What do you think the chewing is about? Is he trying to move it?

Yay! Just be patient, he'll get there eventually! I don't know about the chewing, is he trying to pick it up and drag it? Or just gnawing? I'm sure there is something you could put on the litter box to stop the chewing, like Bitter Apple, but I'm not entirely sure.

RubyRain
04-30-13, 04:00 pm
Maybe a bigger litter box? That one looks small but not sure how big it is in relation to him.
I would also pile the hay IN the litter box. You will need to change it out every other day or more depending on use.
Are you giving him unlimited pellets? If yes, you should cut back to just 1/4 cup per day. That will likely increase his hay appetite. At the rescue i work at, we find that the rabbits that were given unlimited pellets don't eat as much hay and need some transition time.

foggycreekcavy
04-30-13, 04:20 pm
How large is his cage? He may be bored. Does he get free range time?

When my rabbit gets upset/mad she poops all over the place. This happens if we move things around in her room. She has free range of one of the rooms in my house.

Tally943
04-30-13, 05:30 pm
SophieBunny , I think he is trying to move it for some reason.

RubyRain , I couldnt find any bigger corner ones, plus he is a dutch which is pretty small, I will try putting the hay in there. And the APL people said to give him unlimited pellets until he is an adult(6 months) and then afterwards only feed him 1/8 cup a day. So that is coming up, maybe start him sooner??

foggycreekcavy , I think his cage is large enough for now, but yes I rabbit proofed my room before I got him and he runs around there when I can watch him non-stop, if im watching tv or on the computer I put him in his playpen, which is part of my room and is probably 5 times his cage so I know he gets enough time out.

Pankaj Tiwari
05-01-13, 06:35 am
He just Eventually doing that you can put the litter box away from for some time.You can consult to some local vet

RubyRain
05-01-13, 09:16 am
@RubyRain (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=17588) , I couldnt find any bigger corner ones, plus he is a dutch which is pretty small, I will try putting the hay in there. And the APL people said to give him unlimited pellets until he is an adult(6 months) and then afterwards only feed him 1/8 cup a day. So that is coming up, maybe start him sooner??



Why does it have to be a corner one? If you only have space for a corner one then you probably need a bigger space for him.
Dwarf rabbits need just as much space as large rabbits because they tend to have more energy and need to run.

Yes, typically you give unlimited pellets until 6 mos but since he's not eating hay and he's 5 mos already, that's why I said the 1/4 cup. Once he transitions and is eating more hay and older than 6 mos, then you can go down to the 1/8 of a cup of pellets.
Hay should be 70% of a rabbits diet. With pellets and veggies the other 30%.

Tally943
05-01-13, 10:29 am
Why does it have to be a corner one? If you only have space for a corner one then you probably need a bigger space for him.
Dwarf rabbits need just as much space as large rabbits because they tend to have more energy and need to run.

Yes, typically you give unlimited pellets until 6 mos but since he's not eating hay and he's 5 mos already, that's why I said the 1/4 cup. Once he transitions and is eating more hay and older than 6 mos, then you can go down to the 1/8 of a cup of pellets.
Hay should be 70% of a rabbits diet. With pellets and veggies the other 30%.

Good news! I put the hay in the box and he ate a bunch of it last night, he also ate some in the hay rack too. And I have to get a corner one because I tried a square one and he hated it.(never used it once) At least with the corner one, he will go in it and gives him more room in his cage. I almost limited the pellets to 1/4 cup a day. ;)

Tally943
05-01-13, 10:40 am
Also a corner one is attached to a cage, he cant move it!

Danichuck
05-01-13, 04:03 pm
For my two rabbits litter training ca,e natural and I use the kitten sized litter boxes you can buy at Walmart for under $3. Give that kind of litter box a try. I also line the bottom of the litter box with paper towel and then fill with news paper shavings that I shred myself. My vet said that was great so I know the news paper is vet approved. What size cage is he/she in? I have two dwarf rabbits one is 2 lbs and the other is 4 lbs and they are both in large sized dog cages, vet said the bigger the better but mine are also free roaming rabbits that only go in their cages at night time.