Tootsie, my black dutch mix is impossible. It's to the point that my husband wants him gone.
We're doing a full-scale cage cleaning every day. Every day.
He's a little over 4 months and our lop is 3 months. Just babies. But we're going on 4 months of cleaning up pee every other hour.
When we got our lop, we built a huge nic cage but Tootsie was very territorial and we housed them separately until they could be bonded, plus- Tootsie had barely been neutered so we were waiting a few weeks anyways.
I finally got to the point where they could be together but we learned fast that they needed to be split up because Tootsie was STILL not litter trained and we didn't want Berry to learn from that (she naturally caught on very quickly- praise God!).
So we put Tootsie in a small cage because we read that if you reduce their freedom, they can usually learn better. Well, a month later he still was peeing on his bed and sleeping in the litter pan. I moved the pan to every corner when he peed there- nothing. I took out the bed- started peeing on the floor. Eventually, he'd pee in the pan.. Then sleep in it. So he was getting wipey baths every day.
Eventually we saw a tiny bit of improvement and frankly I felt horrible for Toots being in that little cage, so I put him back in the C&C cage. He was doing... okay.. for a while. Mostly in the pan. Only about 1 non-litter pan peeing a week.
I was basically okay with that- obviously wanting it to go away completely, but happy with what I could get.
But not anymore. Every time now. every time. Not even in a corner! I have all the corners blocked with... something. A bed, a little pan, food dish, water bottles- all kinds of blocks.
So he goes in the middle.
Dont even get me started on poops. I always pick them up and put them in the pan. Doesn't care. Goes everywhere. UGH!
What the heck. I'm so frustrated. I'm at the point where I start to cry. I had to put Tootsie back in the tiny cage. I mean.. it's so small.
I dont know what else to do.
I've tried SO many types of litters. Carefresh (my current one because the baby likes it), clay, paper, hay, pine pellets, "rabbit litter" from the petstore.
Please. I dont know what to do. I have never once to this day caught him in the act. It's like he knows.. Help