In this blog post I will explain how to potty train a rabbit in just a few days. A clean rabbit having this great habit is nice to have and saves a lot of work.
A quick sidenote: If there is something wrong with the feces of your rabbit, then you should read this article about a healthy rabbit diet.
Training your Rabbit
A rabbit produces a lot of feces all day. A clean rabbit saves a lot of cleaning work! A great signal your rabbit is clean, is when your rabbit is dropping its feces on the same spot. If this is not the case, then you can train your rabbit to do so.
The first step is to setup the location of the litter box. After choosing a location and choosing the soil, we are ready to go!
The rabbit will be trained after a while and you can enjoy your rabbit even more! But beware of that fact that some rabbits are harder to train than the average rabbit.
- A rabbit toilet, litter box or a different plastic box
- Recycled paper/ Wood pellets/ Cotton/ Hemp fiber
- A rabbit
Step 1: Choose a Location
It is important to observe your rabbit and to figure out the place your rabbit is dropping its feces. Rabbits often drop their feces on the same spot and therefore it is easy to find the perfect location for the box. Just place the toilet on the spot containing most of the feces. Is the rabbit changing its feces location? Just move the box to the “new” spot. Sometimes it is useful to place multiple boxes when your rabbit is distributing its feces. Just place the boxes on the “hot spots” of the feces.
In some cases, the rabbit is producing feces during its eating ritual. In that case, just place a hay rack just above the toilet. By doing so, the rabbit gets invited to visit the toilet.
Step 2: Prepare the toilet
Make sure that the toilet is large enough. The rabbit should move in and out easily and it should be easy for the rabbit to fit into the box.
The soil used for decorating the toilet is very important. Make sure to use a absorbing material. Wood pellets are often used as soil material. This material is also often used for litter boxes for cats. Wood pellets are well suited for absorbing the urine and the smell. Instead of wood pellets, one can also use recycled paper. Paper is great for absorbing liquids, but the downside is that it smells badly after some time. The rabbit will avoid the toilet when it is smelly and will choose another place for their feces.
Beware of clay-based materials. Clay will clutter. When your rabbit eats some of it, it can cause health issues.
Step 3: Potty Train a Rabbit
After you positioned the toilet(s) on the right spot(s), it is important to keep consistent. All feces outside the toilet should be placed back into the toilet. Pee can be absorbed by toilet paper and the toilet paper can be placed back into the toilet of your rabbit. In that way the rabbit learns that the toilet is the territory of the rabbit.
Hormones can influence the training capacity of your rabbit. Rabbits mark out their territory and during this process, rabbits will produce a lot of feces. Rabbits of both genders have this behavior. A castration could help.
Make sure that the toilet contains a different soil than the rest of the living space of the rabbit.
Step 4: Increase the Space
It is important for the rabbit to get used to the behavior using only a small area. When the area is too large, it could be the case that your rabbit has not enough time to get to the toilet. Start small and when your rabbit is trained, you can gradually increase the peeing and pooping area of your rabbit. When your rabbit forgets to go to the toilet after increasing the space, you can just make the space smaller.