How Long Does It Take To Litter Train A Bunny?

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

Bunnies can be litter trained in 1 day to a week at most. To train your bunnies fast, first, see where your bunnies would pick to pee. Rabbits are creatures of habit and would usually pee in one spot.

After finding out what area your bunny chooses to pee in, move the litter box in that spot. Just make sure that the litter you used is scent-free and specifically made for rabbits like wood pellets, aspen, and cellulose.

Unneutered rabbits could also affect the time to litter train a rabbit. Rabbits that are not spayed would often spray urine everywhere after they reached puberty.

So make sure that your rabbit is neutered to make litter training easier.

And finally, if your rabbit takes more than a week to be litter trained, be patient. Rabbits have different personalities and circumstances, some get litter trained immediately, while others require more time.

How do you litter train a bunny fast?

A young rabbit peeing in the wild.
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To litter train your bunny fast, you first need to make sure that the litter you have is scent-free and is made for rabbits. Rabbits hate scented litter boxes and would usually avoid them.

Then, wait for your rabbit to pee and see where it is. Place the litter box to the spot your rabbit usually urinates.

This process could take a couple of tries so be patient.

Is it hard to litter train a bunny?

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Rabbits have different personalities. Some are more trainable than others. But usually, rabbits can be litter trained in a day.

Rabbits are creatures of habits and would defecate and urinate in the same spot every time to mark their territory.

If you’re having a hard time litter training your bunny, bring them to a veterinarian to get checked out. Your rabbit might be suffering from bladder related diseases like:

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • E. cuniculi
  • Arthritis

Rabbits that are not spayed could also make it harder to litter train. Unneutered rabbits would spray their urine everywhere and forget their litter training after reaching sexual maturity.

What are the problems you might encounter while litter training your bunnies?

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Bunnies peeing in the side of their litter box

Bunnies peeing on the side of their litter is a sign of reaching sexual maturity. Unneutered rabbits would often spray urine in the side of their cages or litter box.

After neutering your bunnies, this behavior would drastically improve and would even make their litter habit more permanent.

Relapsing

Relapsing or peeing outside of their litter box is also a sign of reaching sexual maturity on unneutered rabbits. Getting your bunnies spayed would improve their litter habit.

Completely forgetting litter training

Sometimes, rabbits could forget their litter training. This can be due to reasons like:

  • Moving to a new environment/house.
  • Bladder-related medical condition.
  • Age. Young rabbits are harder to train and could forget their litter training after reaching their sexual maturity.
  • Changes in their litter box. Rabbits are creatures of habits and hate changes in their routine. If you change something in their litter box, like the brand, it could result in a temporary loss of litter training.
  • Unclean litter box. A dirt litter box that is not cleaned regularly could result in your rabbit not using it anymore. Keep your rabbit’s litter box clean regularly.

Why is it important to litter train your rabbits?

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Litter training your bunnies is important to both you and your rabbits. For you, it would make cleaning their cage/hut easier.

It would also drastically improve the smell of their cages if you have your rabbits inside your house.

As for your rabbits, it’s beneficial to them because rabbits are meticulous cleaners and they could get depressed if their environment or home is dirty.

Can old rabbits still be litter trained?

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Yes, older rabbits can still be litter trained. In fact, it’s easier to litter train old rabbits especially if they are neutered.

Young rabbits who are litter trained would often forget their litter training after reaching their sexual maturity. Neutering would solve that problem but you have to start over again.

Conclusion

Litter training a rabbit could be trained in 1 day to a week. To properly litter train your rabbits, you first need to have the proper litter that’s made for rabbits.

Unscented litter like wood pellets, aspen, and cellulose are best for rabbits.

To litter train your rabbits, first, wait for them to pee on their own and remember the spot. Then, move the litter box to the same spot.

Unneutered rabbits could take longer to train and could even forget their litter training after reaching sexual maturity. Make sure that your rabbit is spayed because spayed rabbits have better litter habits.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 1, 2021) How Long Does It Take To Litter Train A Bunny?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-litter-train-a-bunny/.
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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.
  • Neutering in Rabbits