Behavior Problems in Rabbits

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LOSS OF LITTER BOX HABITS, CHEWING

Both of these annoying behaviors will be greatly curtailed after spaying and neutering (it may take up to a month afterwards).

  • In general, rabbits may always leave a few droppings where they eat, much like horses do, as they get so involved in their tasty hay, they forget about the litter box. Solution: Perhaps use a huge litter box and put the hay in the front of the box. If there are other animals in the home, expect your bunny to leave droppings throughout the house as a way of saying to the others, “Hey, I live here too.”
  • While your bunny is out and about, make sure there is a litter box every 15 feet. Rabbits seem to forget after that distance, unlike cats who will travel the entire house to find their box.
  • For chewing, always provide plenty of fresh timothy and oat hay daily. You can order online at www.oxbowhay.com. A rabbit should never be without fresh hay as it helps his teeth, gives chewing exercise, and more importantly, provides him roughage to prevent hairblocks.
  • Give plenty of the right things to chew: sea grass mats from Cost Plus stores, hard cardboard boxes, paper towel rolls, and old leather belts. Change the toys daily.
  • Save your house. Never allow your untrained rabbit out unsupervised. Start with a room at a time. Cover all carpeting with mats; block baseboards with hard cardboard; block entrances under the bed and couch. Supervise his outings. Cover all electrical cords with the plastic covers.

    On a final note: Many expect the cuddly Easter bunny to be that way forever. In reality, your bunny will grow up, just as we did, and not want to be held, carried, or hugged like he did as a baby. Allow him to grow up, as we were allowed to. Knowing this will prepare you for a long relationship with the mature rabbit.

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