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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Peeing on my bed - Will it stop?
Last Post by Sarita at 2/15/2013 2:26 AM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline Algie
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4/20/2009 6:48 PM

 Five or six times when Euler's been out of her cage she's hopped up on the bed and hung out with us, no problem. Just the other night though I had a friend over and she hopped up to investigate, and then she took a rather sizable pee on my down comforter. Unfortunately, she is too adorable to stay mad at...

I'm just trying to figure out what the cause of this was, because I'm really hoping it will stop after she gets spayed, and bonded with Chunk. I'd like to be able to cuddle with my bunnies and let them free-range at some point without having to worry about accidents. 

I'm thinking it could be one of three things (or a combination):

-The fact that she has yet to be spayed (May 1st - soon!) and so is still doing some territorial wee-ing. If this is it, will this stop as her hormones die down?

-The fact that she and Chunk are currently caged next to each other and embroiled in some fierce poo wars. (Though Chunk has never been on the bed) If this is the case, then will she be more trustworthy once they are fully bonded and used to each other's smell?)

-The fact that my friend is not someone she's used to, and so the new smell could encourage her to want to mark her territory. She's never had any accidents on the bed while hanging out with me and my boyfriend. (Though she did try to nibble on his cookbook )

tl;dr: my bunny pee'd on the bed, will she stop after her hormones die down post-spay?

 


User is Offline PEPPA GEORGIE
Banbury
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4/21/2009 2:42 AM
Dont know about bunnies but my cats wee on peoples boots when they visit sometimes which is soooo embarrassing. I think it is territorial and your friend smells diff so they need to assert themselves and scent everywhere as they do do a sort of patrol chinning everything and as she not been spayed yet she may still be using wee to do it. I could be wrong though lol but i think it might be that, i did read somewhere that males will wee on or around human females when they are hormonal before they are neutered and females will choose one or more male humans and try to be amourous with them and this can include wee too when they come of age and have not yet been spayed. Fingers crossed it gets better as hormones subside xxx

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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4/21/2009 5:20 AM
Usually the best solution is to not allow them on the bed at all. It should decrease after she is spayed, altho some bunnies can not be on beds b/c they will mark. For now, keep her off. After she's been spayed a month, you might be able to try again. They usually prefer to interact on the ground anyways...
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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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4/21/2009 3:58 PM
I had a bonded, fixed pair that I allowed free range in my room and they marked the bed all the time - the most noticeable being the time they marked it with pee while I was sleeping in it.... It is a pretty difficult behavior to stop, because they smell the human scent on the bed and I think instinctively want to mark it as theirs. I think if bringing them on the bed is more of a treat than a regular occurence, they may have less of an urge to mark it, but I'm not sure. If you want to allow them to be free range, then you can put a clear plastic shower curtain over the bed when you aren't home, that will discourage them from jumping up on the bed.

User is Offline BB
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4/21/2009 9:03 PM

Peppa

Dont know about bunnies but my cats wee on peoples boots when they visit sometimes which is soooo embarrassing.

HAHHHAA! What a greeting!

Algie - Yes, some bunnies, even if they are spayed/neutered will pee on the couches and/or beds.  It could mean she saying a couple of things

1.  I claim this spot, it's so comfy -it's mine all mine!

2.  Looks like I am part of the herd and the marking spot for our herd is here. (to reinforce territory for the herd)

This is typical stuff that their wild cousins do, however, the dominant bunnies can claim one spot and so you may have to be the dominant bunny and not allow her there.  She WILL be more persistent though because she is not spayed, so really right now MooBunnay's suggestion of the shower curtain is a good idea!


User is Offline PEPPA GEORGIE
Banbury
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4/21/2009 10:43 PM
Yes i think the human scent all over it might be it, as i read somewhere that they are likely to do it in the bathroom around the toilet as there might be some er ..... splashes??? from the males of us and so the animals just do the same and think it is a marking spot. So i suppose beds and sofas are where we park our bums and prob leave most of our scent lol.. do they do it on the duvet or pillow??? Maybe if that is it like Moobunny said a shower curtain or throw over it, maybe a throw that they have around them alot so already has their scent on... xx

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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4/22/2009 8:50 AM
Algie,

I think it is "Yes" to all of your thoughts, especially #3. It should stop but if she does it everytime she hops up on the bed now, don't let her on the bed. And if she does get on there and tinkle, say "NO!" pick her up and put her on the floor.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Binkles
Orlando, FL
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4/23/2009 6:25 AM
Little-Bit had a BAD habit of peeing on my bed for a while. Almost every night. Turns out it was because I was feeding her hay on the bed though. Feeding and peeing are correlated for some reason, even if you've never put hay in their litterbox. I stopped feeding on my bed and the peeing stopped!
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User is Offline RetroSquid
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2/15/2013 12:07 AM
I discovered this thread through a google search and thought i might as well sign up.

We have recently added a rabbit to our household (That's three cats, three ferrets, a dozen or so fish and now a bunny)
We've had her for four days and she's settled in so quickly, even spent about an hour last night just lay on my feet while I sat on the floor with her.

She's take a real shine to one of our cats, Bubblegum, whenever she sees him, she has to mosey on over, and Bubblegum, being the awesome little fellow he is, just lies there with her, or rolls over and washes her. They've hit it off rather well...

Anyway, Bubblegum wandered into our spare room last night, jumped onto the bed and got comfy, now, Zelda (our bun) didn't like the fact that he was out of reach and quickly discovered she can easily jump up to the bed... within a couple of minutes, she let out a rather substantial pee... We thought this might be a one off...

Until about ten minutes ago, Bubblegum wanders in, gets comfy on the bed, so she joins him... within a few minutes, a huge pee, right on the pillows...
She's an adorable white Holland Lop with a grey nose and ears, one cannot be overly annoyed with her, but it is indeed an unwanted behavior...

Oh, my partner wants me to add that she also peed on the sofa in the living room yesterday, too...

Horrid adorable little thing that she is...

User is Offline Sarita
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2/15/2013 2:26 AM
Welcome Retrosquid - I am going to lock this thread - we ask that you do not pull up old threads - feel free to start your own though!
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