Do you have a bunny for a pet? If so, you’ve chosen a super cute animal companion! Although bunnies are very different from dogs and cats, Floppy does have one thing in common with Fluffy: she can be litterbox trained. Read on as a local Niagara Falls, ON vet offers tips on training your bunny.
First things first: you’ll need to do a bit of shopping. Pick out a large kitty litterbox for Floppy. A big plastic cement-mixing tray will also work, as will a large shallow storage tote. (Tip: you may want to get several litterboxes at first. Down the road, you can remove the extras.) If you have two bunnies, get something that is big enough to fit both of them together. A hayrack will also be useful. You’ll also need to get some litter. Avoid clay or clumping litters, as well as anything made from pine or cedar. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Before setting anything up, watch your pet closely, and see if she naturally favors any particular spots. If she does, put a litterbox there. Bunnies like to eat while they are doing their business. We recommend positioning the hayrack so that Floppy has to hop into her box to use it. You’ll also want to put some of your furry buddy’s waste in the box. While you are working on potty-training, you may want to use puppy fencing to keep your pet in a specific area.
It may take time for your little buddy to get used to her litterbox. Keep a close eye on your cute pet, and watch for signs that she may be about to go. At the first signal, pick Floppy up and put her in her box. Sooner or later, your furball will use the box. As soon as she does, lavish her with praise and give her a treat or toy. From there, it’s just a matter of repetition. Be patient and consistent, and reward your bunny every time she uses her bathroom. Never punish your four-legged pal for having an accident: this may only confuse or scare Floppy. Just focus on the positive, and don’t give up. It will be well worth it in the end!
Do you have questions or concerns about your pet bunny’s health or care? Contact us, your local Niagara Falls, ON animal clinic, today!