Do you ever have trouble litter training a rabbit? Luckily these pets are pretty easy to train in just a few steps.
Box: Get your rabbit something to go in. A shoe box, a lower rimmed box, or even a cat litter box. They also have specially made litter pans for rabbits that you can get at any pet store.
Litter: Your litter should be able to absorb the urine and scat. You can use old shredded newspaper, or their sawdust from the cage, as these are both convenient and cheap. But they don’t work as well for soaking in moisture and not to mention, the smell. Your best bet are paper pellets made specifically for this reason.
Make Them Use the Box Inside: Rabbit’s are den dwelling animals, so they normally will pick one place in the den to go, usually in a corner; however, in the wild, rabbits are also social and live in herds, that dwell not just in one den, but in several interlinking burrows called a warren. This means your own rabbit is probably going to pick a couple different places around the house to go, so you’ll probably want at least two (if not more) boxes. Then find out Flopsy’s favorite places to “do his thing.” Wait until he/she goes in the cage first, and place one of the boxes there. Sometimes they will change their spot, so you’ll just have to follow them until they start using the pan.
Make Them Use the Box Outside: When you let him/her out finally, put one of the litter boxes somewhere close. Start with a small enclosed area, and when he/she uses the box in that smaller area, you can extend it to be a wider range, until at last the rabbit can run around the room or house. Keep at least two litter boxes out for him/her to always use.
Make it Unpleasant to Not Use the Box: The best way to make your rabbit keep using the box, is to make going outside of the box unpleasant, while making him/her going in the box pleasant. You can make going in the box pleasant by tempting the rabbit there with a nearby treat, or a treat that is in the litter pan. Every time he/she goes outside of the box, you can herd them over to the litter pan, and even use a squirt bottle (avoid the face and ears) to make going outside of the box unpleasant. Make sure that if the rabbit does ever end up going outside of the box, take a scooper and scoop his/her scat into the box. This will eventually mold the idea that the box is his/her own potty corner. Eventually they’ll get the idea, and you shouldn’t have anymore problems.