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Hi,
I'm having a slight problem with my bunny, and I wanted any insight on what I could be doing differently to help solve it. He is about 2 months old and unneutered (though he will be when he is old enough). His cage is in my dd's room and that is the room that we let him get his exercise in for now. I have attempted to litter train him, but it has not worked at all. I bought a couple of extra litter boxes to place where he liked to poop but he kind of poops all over and now has especially taken a liking to my dd's bed.
He pees all over it too. She has a very thick wool mattress cover that is very hard to wash. He doesn't pee anywhere else, except in his cage. Today, I tried hanging blankets around the bed so he wouldn't jump up but it didn't work, he knocked them down to get up there. It's a very high bed too! Could there be some reason that he is choosing the bed? Can I somehow make it less attractive to him? I've heard vinegar is a deterent but I don't know how that would work on a bed. I don't know what to do, he needs to get his exercise but I can't spend 4 hours a day in my dd's room watching him. I was thinking of building him a bigger cage out of wire cubes, so at least he'd have more room to move around when he was in there. Has anyone done that? TIA!

ETA: My bunny got attacked by a cat a couple of weeks ago (in case someone didn't see that post) but he's doing much better now. This behavior was going on before that, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it.
 

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Unfortunately bunnies do things like this. I'd suggest you check out www.rabbits-forums.com for lots of good rabbit info. They really are not anything like cats or dogs.

I have a flemish giant and I wanted so bad for him to be a loose-all-the-time house bunny but he just can't be. He is a bit better hehaved since his neuter but I still would not trust him on my bed. He will pee on other furniture too.
 

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He has too much room. He pee's on the bed because he has not been thoroughly litter box trained yet. Also, the bed is soft which might mimic dirt or sand to him. Litter training a bunny is a lot like litter training a dog--except that instead of training them to obey an expectation, you are modifying their behaving through the environment.

In my limited experience with 5 bunnies, females litter train quicker than males, and you have to be very consistent and restrained about not giving too much freedom until they are ready.

Also 8 weeks is very young and like any baby animal he is just not going to be totally reliable in habits yet.

To begin, he needs a *much* *smaller* *space*.

Pick up from the store:

A package of NIC or similiar cubes and

One sheet of tileboard (10$ at home Depot or Lowes). Pre-measure the LARGEST area you plan to enclose in her room, have the store cut the tileboard to size before you leave (free service).

At home, lay down the tileboard over the area where you will build his pen.

Now, the great thing with NIC panels is that you can begin with a small pen and then break it down and expand once he is showing he can handle more room.

His first pen should not be larger than about 2x2 feet. Yes it seems small--it has to be, as he is still very small.

Begin with 2 small shallow litter pans, they must be shallow for such a young bunny--try them in opposite corners of his pen. Fill with a rabbit friendly litter, and a handful of hay in each box.

After a few days remove the box he uses least, and put something in that corner to block him from backing into it--for example, put a heavy ceramic bowl there, or one that attaches to the side of the cage. A large block of chewable wood will work too.

Do not expect him to always poop in the box. But he should become good about peeing in the box--tileboard is a very boring surface and the chances of him enjoying peeing on it are dim. Make sure the litter is kept clean, fill it deep enough that he can really have fun digging, and ONLY give him hay in the box.

Once he is reliable, expand his pen to 2x3 and then 2x4 feet, always *leaving his box in the same corner*. If he begins to have accidents, go back to a smaller pen.

Eventually, he will get the idea. However until he is fixed he may spray to mark territory.

Only let him out when you can supervise.
 

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They have litter stuff that helps with training.

http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...xt=rabbits&N=2

It was that stuff.

I got my rabbits from an animal shelter. They were kept in a room with several other rabbits and none of them had great litter habits.

I only used one bag and mixed it with other rabbit litter stuff. I was *really* excited at first and got the really fancy rabbit litter
It did cake, like the reviews say and I am not sure if my rabbits would have used their boxes well or not without it. They probably would have as now when I see rabbit training things they don't even mention it.

They have never peed outside of their boxes, but they are both probably two or older. They do poop everywhere but that is pretty easy to sweep up.

My boy rabbit did spray when we first brought them home (and humped girl rabbit
but that has stopped now and he has calmed down a lot.


My boy rabbit actually litter trained faster than girl rabbit but girl rabbit was rather overweight when we got her. She is now very healthy and happy.

I have NICU pens for my rabbits. Actually I am getting ready to make it into one big NICU pen as my rabbits are now bonded.
Heartmama! I forgot to tell you! My rabbits are bonded now!!! YAY!!!
 

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http://www.rabbits-forums.com/ is awesome! Thanks, SugarGlider, for the link!

And I will be looking into building a NIC cage in the next couple of weeks. Those look really neat!
I definitely was giving Thumper too much room. And I was also covering the whole cage with bedding/litter, in addition to the litter box. I thought it would make it more comfy. Maybe that was confusing her? (Thumper is a her now, we had her sexed by a bunny expert.....still getting used to her being a girl!)
 

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is there a litter box in his kennel? If not, he'll never be trained. You should put him in the kennel w/ a litterbox (filled w/ shredded paper) and not let him out until he keeps his own area pee-free (there will always be a poop or two rolling around outside the box... if you have a rabbit you need to just get use to it or teach your dog to eat 'em
). He'll learn. Also, male rabbits are nasty critters and it only intensafies until you have him neutered. So, get that done as soon as you can! It took most of my rabbits less than a week to be litter trained this way. And, i've done it with older rescues as well as 8 week old babes.

Occasionally we have a bit of a pee-war w/ my current bun. She started to pee on just MY couch. It was her being possesive over me, we believe. So, every time she would get on the couch (you can tell when they're going pee... they have that look!) and assumed the position I would toss her back in her litterbox in her kennel. She got it after a couple of times and now sits w/ me on my couch w/ no peeing.

good luck and happy neuteri[email protected]

I see you found out she's a girl. You will also notice the benefits of her being spayed... it's more expensive for spaying but worth it
 
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