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Date Posted: 19:56:09 10/12/02 Sat
Author: kirsten
Subject: Re: My house is one big litterbox!!!
In reply to: Jessica 's message, "Re: My house is one big litterbox!!!" on 12:50:17 07/27/02 Sat

>here's osme techniques we used that might help. first restrict your rabbit to a smaller area, like a back room, an area which usually has the most activity. it sounds like your rabbit is overwhelmed with the amount of territory it has, and feels it needs to mark strongly in a way that is clear if it's not around.

then find the areas you rabbit is urinating in. usually they pick 1-3 areas that they prefer, unfortunately you have no choice unless they seem to be going everywhere.

try different fillings for the boxes, our rabbit loves oats, so the only time he gets them is if he goes over to his litter box, and then while he's there...., sawdust is messy, but absorbent, and rabbits love this too.

then whenever your rabit gets even remotely close to the box, gently encourage it to hop in, the amount of times our house rang with "in the box, c'mon, in the box!" then once in praise and leave. harsh punishments tend not to work as your rabbit WILL find ways to repay, and oh how you pay!

once your rabbit feels comfortable, and not marking the territory with droppings, slowly introduce to the rest of the house. our rabbit now travels one length of the house to the other just to use his box, then meanders back again, you just have to be patient. any drastic change to the environment, or any stressful situation, though, and rabbits tend to mark with a few droppings, just to reassure themselves.

hope this helps, this is all i really know about litter training, let me know how you go!


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  • my rabbits -- jo, 20:35:00 10/12/02 Sat
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