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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Peeing in his bed
Last Post by Sarita at 1/02/2013 8:24 AM (16 Replies)
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User is Offline 2manypets
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3/12/2011 12:13 PM

 Is there anyway I can stop my bunny from peeing in his bed? I was just sitting by his cage and saw him sitting in his bed. Then he jumped away and I noticed theres like 3 pee spots already. I don't think his bed can handle too many washes without falling apart.


User is Offline Monkeybun
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3/12/2011 12:18 PM
Some bunnies just think that something soft = potty, so you may have to just remove his bed

User is Offline lashkay
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3/12/2011 5:08 PM
You can wash the bed by hand with a perfume/dye free eco-freindly detergent, dry it on low tumble in the dryer if you think it will hold up or air dry it in the sunshine and then when it's ready again, wait for him to use his litterbox, and after he relieves himself in his litterbox, give him back the bed. I lined Dustor's fleece bumper bed with a soft blanket with his scent on it and for the most part, he doesn't pee in the bed, but did for some reason on the blanket the other night... Bunnies!! He enjoyes resting and sleeping at night in the bed though and if he can put up with it, I abide by a little peeing. He seems to not mind if it's a little wet in spots or just waits til it's dry again. I want him to have access to the comfort/warmth of a good bed but it's catch as can. I fear Monkeybun speaks words of truth and soft = potty to some bunnies. On the other hand, my other bunny Petie doesn't seem to want to wet his beds, if he has to relieve himself, he runs to his litterbox. Good luck!

User is Offline 2manypets
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3/12/2011 5:36 PM

I will try to hand wash it and I made him a fleece blanket tonight so I will put that in there. I am working on litter training him but every time he pees it just looks like he's just sitting there!


User is Offline lashkay
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3/12/2011 6:02 PM
What is your litterbox setup? You need to not have any bedding or litter on the floor of his cage or pen outside of his litterbox. I use Carefresh (Ultra) in my bunnies' litterboxes. They're used to it. Yesterday's News, Feline Pine, and Equine Pine, Green Aspen are also good. I've always used Carefresh, just fond of the stuff and my bunnies take to it. I personally don't line the litterboxes with any hay, just Carefresh, but as you willl read, many members swear by hay in their litterboxes. You may want to cement your bunny's litterbox habits before you reintroduce back his bed so as not to confuse him with another soft place he'll regard as another litterbox. It's a waiting game sometimes with bunnies but hopefully the waiting pays off in good litterbox habits.

User is Offline 2manypets
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3/12/2011 6:32 PM
I have one of those corner litter pans with pine shavings in it and a metal grid over. I can try carefresh though as I get it for my hamsters. On the bottom of his cage I have a piece of fleece folded in half.

User is Offline lashkay
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3/12/2011 8:55 PM
Pine shavings can be toxic (the fumes) to bunnies, especially when soaked with urine. Carefresh is absorbent and will control odor if replaced every few days or less. If he wets the fleece folded in half, I would remove it, he may associate it as a place to go potty. Until he learns to use his litterbox, I would only have the carefresh in the litterbox(es). Anywhere he wets, I would put a litterbox, then remove them as he learns to use them until he has just one in his favorite corner spot to "go" in, hopefully. If the floor of his cage is wire, I would cover it with a sheet of linoleum. Wire floor is hard on bunnies' feet and can cause sore hocks. Lay the linoleum on its reverse side to get the "roll" out of it so it will lie flat when right side up. If the linoleum is slippery, you can get seagrass mats, coconut fibers mats at thebusybunny.com or at bunnybytes.com or timothy mats (look in the BB Store.) for traction. After he's learned to use his litterbox, you can try a fresh piece of fleece or a bunny bed (also at BB Store.) Hope this helps.

User is Offline lashkay
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3/12/2011 9:03 PM
If he uses a corner litterbox, it should have a high back to prevent him from peeing over the sides, and should be large enough so he can move around in it freely and adjust his position. Some BB members swear only by the rectangular cat-type litterbox but I have a good large corner litterbox for my lionheads and they are wonderful. How does he feel about the grating in the litterbox? You may want to remove the grate until he gets used to using the litterbox. The carefresh is soft and dry to the touch even when wet and will be easy on his bum with or without a grate.

User is Offline 2manypets
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3/13/2011 6:43 AM
I will change it to carefresh. I don't see any pee spots on the fleece, just his bed. He likes to sit in the litter box but never pees in it. I will take the grid off and see if he will use it then. Can carefresh cause an impaction if he eats it?

User is Offline lashkay
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3/13/2011 10:55 AM
It should be okay if he nibbles a little carefresh although I don't think he will, my bunnies don't eat much if any, of it. As long as he's eating plenty of hay, some pure rabbit pellets - without seeds, dried fruit pieces or munchies in it, some veggies like red and green leaf lettuce, parsley, italian parsley, cilantro, romaine lettuce (not iceberg lettuce which is not good for bunnies) and drinking plenty of water, it will be okay if he eats some of the carefresh.

User is Offline 2manypets
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3/13/2011 11:53 AM
Ok thanks

User is Offline lashkay
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3/13/2011 2:31 PM

Sure! After giving something a try, post an update.  I hope he takes to his litterbox soon. 


User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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3/14/2011 8:32 AM
How big is he? It could be that he doesn't like the corner litter box (they're too small for most buns). One of my buns used to have a corner box and she would regularly pee over the edge - she needed one with higher sides.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline 2manypets
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3/14/2011 10:02 AM

He is a 2-3 month old lionhead. I was going to get him a bigger one when I thought I could keep him in a C&C cage (woke up to him with his head stuck in the cube) so he is in a superpet cage and the large pan wouldn't fit.


User is Offline lashkay
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3/21/2011 2:41 PM
Hi, Just wondered how it's been going...have you seen any improvements after trying anybody's suggestions? Hope all is going well.

User is Offline Dubbanee's Dad
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1/02/2013 7:57 AM
Just my 2 cents for readers; I've had good luck with a high-side corner litter pan within a larger litter box. The more comfortable you can make your bun's litterbox, the more consistently it will be used.

Initially trained Dubbanee with just the large litter pan in his preferred corner of his cage. Used a cut down 2x4 to partition the space into 1/3 length for clean hay and 2/3 space for the litter and droppings. Also relocated his fresh food bowl to fasten above the hay end of the litterbox.

During training, moved all stray poops into the box daily, and added new litter layers during the week, so he would recognize the growing poop pile. Once Dubbanee was in the habit of browsing and pooping within the litter box, added the corner litter pan within the larger box and expanded the clean hay area. Dubbanee quickly got the idea and litter box deposits are now all contained just within the corner litter pan.

Though he will still leave stray droppings in his favorite lounging spot in his expen (on his carpet right next to a second litter box), I haven't found stray urine in his cage or enclosure since the first week of litter box training.

Using bunny-safe wood pellets for litter will help you monitor urine deposits made during the day - you will see that these have decompressed into wet sawdust after use.

A corner litter pan is great; high sides to contain backwards-sprayed urine, a fine-meshed grate that is comfortable for bunny's feet while still letting deposits fall through for cleanliness, and it is super easy to remove for cleaning.

User is Offline Sarita
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1/02/2013 8:24 AM
Hi Dubbanee's Dad - this post is over a year old - thank you for your advice but we do ask that you don't respond to old posts so I will lock this particular post.
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