How Big Should A Rabbit Litter Be?

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

How big your rabbit’s litter depends on what breed, size, and size of their cage. There are many types of litter boxes for different purposes but the minimum size should be 16″ L X 11.8″ W for a small adult rabbit.

The important thing to remember is that your rabbit should be able to comfortably sit on its litter box. Additionally, get a litter box that has a hay feeder attached to it. Rabbits poop as they eat, so you won’t have a hard time litter training them.

What type of litter box should you get your rabbit?

For you to decide what litter box you should get your rabbit, first let me show you your choices:

Litter box with hay rack

This litter box is your best bet if you want to have an easier time litter training your rabbit because rabbits like to poop while eating. It’s also big enough for small to medium size breeds.

The downside with this type of litter box would be when the wood soaks up the pee of your rabbit. Make sure that your rabbit is neutered to avoid hormone-related behaviors like spraying.

Enclosed litter box

Enclosed litter box has the benefit that it mimics a borrow that rabbits used to hide on. Rabbit experts suggest that the best way to care for a pet rabbit is to mimic their environment in the wild.

Rabbits love hiding in dark holes like this litter box.

The downside of this type of litter box is that every time a rabbit hops out, some of the poop and litter would flicker out. Make sure to get one like on this photo to prevent this problem:

Corner litter box

This litter box is mostly used to put inside the rabbit’s cage. Because of its small size, it’s perfect to be put inside your rabbit’s hutch.

The downside with this type of litter box is the mess. Rabbits would likely dig thru their litter when doing their business. While this litter box doesn’t have a wall to catch it.

Cage with wire flooring

Cages with wire flooring act as a combination between a cage and a litter box. They usually have a removable tray at the bottom for easier cleaning.

The problem with this type of setup is the possibility of your rabbit developing sore hocks. This type of cage is very painful to stand on because rabbits don’t have protection on their feet like a dog or a cat.

If your planning on buying a cage with wire flooring put a lot of bedding to protect your rabbit’s feet.

Low litter box for disabled rabbits

If your rabbit has problems with its legs and is having a hard time hopping and standing, consider getting a litter bed like this one:

Summary

The size of the litter box depends on the size of your rabbit, but the minimum size 16″ L X 11.8″ W for a small adult rabbit.

The type of litter box is also important when choosing one. There are 5 types of litter boxes available in the market, each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

If you want to have an easier time litter training your rabbit, get a litter box with a hay rack. Rabbits usually poop while they eat.

Another great option is the enclosed litter box. This mimics a borrow wild rabbits used to hide.

If you’re short on space, getting a corner litter box is a great option. The downside is that if your rabbit likes to dig on their litter box, a corner litter box doesn’t have a wall to catch it.

You can also get a low litter box if your rabbit has problems with their legs making it harder for them to hop on most tall litter boxes.

And finally, avoid cages with wire flooring, this hurts the rabbit’s feet and could cause sore hocks.

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Sources and further reading

  • Buseth, Marit Emilie., and Richard A. Saunders. Rabbit Behaviour, Health, and Care. CABI, 2014.
  • Lebas, F. The Rabbit: Husbandry, Health, and Production. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1997.
  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.