The first thing that comes to mind when planning to pet a rabbit is the image of cute little bunnies freely hopping around open lawns in your backyard and living in lovely looking cages or hutches. Thought it may be true to a certain extent, you don’t necessarily have to keep them confined inside a hutch all the time. It may surprise you but rabbits are actually intelligent animals and they can be potty trained. Get yourself a litter box for your rabbits and let them loose without worrying about littering your entire compound.
An important thing for you to keep in mind is that setting up the litter box for the purpose of training is different to setting up on for any kind of pet. It is very easy to care for your rabbit this way. Follow these simple steps to set up your bunny box which will streamline the litter box training for your rabbit and decrease the awkward clean up during accidents.
WHAT TO GET
Here is a supply list you will need before you start on this process.
- Get the correct sized litter box
- Absorbent litter or absorbent medium that is safe for rabbits
- Rabbit Hole Hay which is a favorite among rabbits
- Choose an easy access location
- A few minutes for setting it up and another few more to train your rabbit on how to use it
AVOID THESE WHEN YOU ARE OUT TO GET YOUR SUPPLIES
- A typical cat litter
- Thin plastic sheets like trash bags or plastic box liners
- Chemical filled absorbent litter box pads
- A cover for the litter box
SETTING UP THE LITTE BOX TO PROPERLY TRAIN YOUR RABBITS
- GETTING THE CORRECT SIZE IS VERY IMPORTANT
It is better to get a litter box that is slightly larger than the right size rather than getting one that is slightly smaller. But definitely do not go for a size that is larger than necessary because you will end up wasting absorbent material and not to mention the waste space at home. Since rabbits come in different sizes, shapes and personalities, this you will have to determine on your own depending on your rabbit.
- FIND THE RIGHT SPOT AT HOME
Find a sweet spot where it is definitely located away from where everybody usually hangs out but also close enough for your rabbit to easily access and for you to keep a close eye on. When it comes to most of the litter boxes for rabbit care, a majority of them comes with a smell without exception to even those who maintain them so well. Take your time on picking the right spot because it is very important. Moving the litter box around is not a good idea because training your rabbit will become near impossible with this.
- PUT A BUNCH OF RABBIT HOLE HAY RIGHT NEXT TO THE LITTER BOX
The thing is, rabbits have a weird habit of nibbling when they do their business in the bathroom. Most rabbits will organize their litter box into two compartments where they will litter in one and eat in another.