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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Our rabbits use the the litter boxes, but they also poop all over the bottom of the cage and when they are out they poop on the floor instead of going back into the cage.

They rarely pee any place but in the litter box (yea!) but do you have any ideas how to get them to stop pooping all over?
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Are they fixed, and are they sharing the same space for floor time?
If I remember right, you keep them in seperate cages, right? If you do, and you are letting them both use the same space for floor time, then they will smell the other bunny and want to cover up its scent with their own. Whenever they smell another rabbit, they feel like they need to go and mark EVERYTHING so that the other rabbits knows whos territory it is.


What I would do is give each of them a certain room in the house, so that it will be "their" room and they will not smell another rabbit... Once they smell themselves and feel that their room has been "claimed" their litterbox habits should be better. My male rabbits dont live together, so we always make sure that they dont "contaminate" eachothers toys, cages, rooms, ect. Otherwise we start having the same problems you do, but about 10X worse LOL And if they arent already fixed, getting them fixed will help a ton too.



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I have 2 fixed males both in the same cage. They are pretty attached and will groom each other so I don't want to separate them.
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Jack and Mille began pooping on the floor more when they hit 4-5 months of age (puberty I believe)...I just continue to sweep it up and put it in their litter box...since I have been keeping it swept up they have been wayyy better at using the litter box...ALSO...I learned that they are more likely to poop all over the place if they are let out to play after recently eating a large meal...so--they eat their large salad and chill in their crate...later in the evening (when they are more active anyway) I let them out in their play area in our living room---I also put another litter box out in their play area and it helped...I keep both my bunns in a large dog crage (plastic type that holds 100+ dog) and two litter boxes fits in there with room to play too---I just take those litter boxes out of their crate and put in their play area...hence it already smells like both of them and there is no need to mark territory.
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Oh sorry, I thought yours werent bonded. Never mind then, LOL You dont need to seperate them.


Have you tried putting a litter box outside of their cage?



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No....I didn't think of trying that but I don't think it will help much. They have one (the size you get for cats) in the cage on the bottom level and they still poop all around it. I originally had 2 boxes in there and that helped, but I think it was just because 2 boxes took up more space on the bottom so they spent less time there.

I'm happy that rabbit poop isn't like dog or cat poop and that they use the box for pee, but still it would be nice not to have to clean something else up.
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How long have they been fixed? Some times it just takes a little while before it improves their litter box skills.

Yeah, thats one thing to be thankful for LOL!



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When I had Roger, he would poop when he'd run and play, but usually go back and eat it. There were always a few droppings, but like you say, it's alot better than dog or cat poop! He was an only bun, but i had 3 cats using the floor box. The cats weren't too fond of him using their box, but Rog didn't seem to mind a bit using theirs! ha ha buns are so funny

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How long have they been fixed? Some times it just takes a little while before it improves their litter box skills.
They were both fixed last Aug or Sept. We got them in July 2009.

Maybe I just have lazy bunnies!
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Hmmm, thats weird! They usually start to have the major behavior cages a year after they are fixed, and your right at that mark.
Other than trying a litter box outside the cage, I dont think theres too much you can do.



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One of my males poops pretty often outside of his litter box too, while my other two rabbits are nearly perfect about using their boxes.

I never really figured out if he's just messier than the others, or maybe if he feels like he has to mark his territory with my other pets around or something. I've kind of just learned to deal with it - at least bunny poop isn't that gross to clean up.

Do they go in a few spots outside of the cage, or kind of just all over the place? If they always seem to go in the same spot, you can try getting them another litter box for them to use while they're outside the cage. I'm up to 5 litter boxes now for my three rabbits - two in their cage and 3 out in the room the run around in. Ziggy (my messy male) still goes on the floor sometimes, but with more boxes, there are higher chances that he does his business in a box.

How are your litter boxes set up? Do you put hay in them? Do you feed them hay away from the box?


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I have one of these things to hold hay over the litter box. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753272
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When the bunnies had the run of the whole room there didn't seem to be any particular place they would poop. Now they are in a normal cage and don't get out as much but a few days ago there was one area with more poop than the rest so I'm going to take your advice and put a litter box there.
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