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Dear Reba Rabbit

We just adopted Happy, an adult male rabbit. He’s wonderful, but we’d be happier if his cage were easier to clean. Can rabbits be trained to use a litter box?

Reba Responds

Congratulations on adopting Happy during February, national Adopt-a-Rabbit Month. We rabbits are delightful creatures, and we make terrific pets.

It’s easy to train a rabbit to use a litter box, especially if he’s sterilized, like I am. If Happy isn’t, ask your veterinarian to neuter him soon, before he starts to spray.

If Happy is like most rabbits, he almost always does his business in one corner of his cage. All you need to do is put a litter box in that spot.

Fill the box with sawdust pellets, such as fuel pellets for wood stoves or Feline Pine litter pellets. They absorb urine and mask odor, and they aren’t so tasty that we rabbits want to nibble them.

Don’t use regular pine or cedar shavings, as the phenols in them can damage a rabbit’s liver.

Also look for litters made of alfalfa, oats, grass or paper. Brand names include CareFresh, Critter Country, Cat Country and Yesterday’s News.

Clean his litter box daily, and you’ll be rewarded with a Happy rabbit who brightens your life in many ways.

 

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