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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > sickness = bad litter habbts?
Last Post by LizzyBunn at 10/30/2012 2:27 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline LizzyBunn
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10/28/2012 11:42 AM

If this belongs better in behavior, please switch.

Beaumont, my 5 y/o mini-rex went to the vet a week and a half ago. He wasn't eating or drinking or pooping and had been looking very uncomfortable. They said he had a respiratory infection and tummy blockage and was in a lot of pain. They gave him some medicine and fluids and he was actually a lot better that night- eating and drinking. However, because he was still in pain he was moving very little in his condo. He was peeing and pooping wherever he happened to be sitting, when he moved I cleaned it up but he seemed to be too bothered to make it to his litter box. 

He has since improved a lot. He's still not laying down much or spending much time out of his condo, but some. I've been giving him Metoclopramide syrup 3 times a day and baytril liquid once a day. His poops look normal now, he's eating/drinking and pooping regular amounts. He spends most of the day in a corner of the condo that is impossible for me to get to, he hates the medicine and try's his hardest to stay away from me (my husband has elected to be the good guy and not give any medicine) . He is sitting normal and doesn't look tense but I'm not sure if he still doesn't feel well or is just trying to avoid me. Either way, he is still pooping and peeing pretty much wherever he wants. Occasionally he will use his litter box but opts to poop around it and pee around it or where he's sitting. 

I'm trying to clean everything up asap (and he isn't pooping/peeing anywhere outside of his condo when he happens to be out) but it really upsets him when I'm in the condo right now and I feel like it's not helping. But I don't want his litter habits to wain.

Has anyone had a similar experience?
Could this be caused by the medicine?
Does he not feel good?
Should I keep cleaning everything up immediately?
will he stop this on his own?

Help!


User is Offline lzrddr
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10/29/2012 6:11 AM

What diet is your bunny on?  Diet is the primary cause of digestive problems that you are describing, so that is where most of your effort should go right now (lots of grass hay and leafy greens- avoid pellets, at least for now, and anything else you might be feeding your rabbit).  I'm glad you bunny is improving, but 'bad toilet habits' are very common when rabbits don't feel good.


User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/29/2012 6:57 AM

I would think it still due to his having been ill also.

Something to try is use a box with a low side to access it. If unwell, the effort of getting into the box might be a deterrant for him. Just a new box alone might make him curious enough to go there. Also consider the litter you are using. Is it something that would further irritate his respiratory system at the moment?

Beautiful rabbits!

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User is Offline LizzyBunn
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10/29/2012 1:43 PM
Thanks for the feedback. The vet said the digestive problem was preceded by the respiratory infection however we feed little bit of pellets in the morning along with kale, in the afternoon they eat kale, italian parsley, mustard greens, and carrot tops, sometimes chard. We give them a little bit of each to keep things tasty.

They have a never ending supply of hay, otherwise they'd chew through the house. The litterbox is high up so maybe I'll get something lower. My female rabbit is a digger and likes to kick things as much as possible, I guess I have to decide if peeing everywhere or kicked litter is better... I use royal crown bedding for their litter. I thought that was a good kind but do you that could be bad for them?

Last night Beaumont peed everywhere in his condo! but so far today has only gone in the litter box. oh crazy rabbits....

User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/29/2012 4:22 PM
I had to look the litter up but it looks good. I wouldn't think it would bother him. If he's using the box now he obviously doesn't have total aversion to it. Hopefully you are seeing his good habits return now. Fingers crossed.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/30/2012 1:05 AM
I'm experiencing a similar situation with my lop. He was so ill about a month ago, we almost lost him. Now he's better and still pooping everywhere! I'm hoping in time, he will go back to his litter habits. Not sure why this is happening in both cases.

I suggest when he pees, clean it up with paper towels and then put the paper towels in his litter box. Sort of a little hint. Obviously, remove them if he's eating them.

Your bun may be stressed due to all the medication he is receiving and maybe that is playing a part in it.
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User is Offline LizzyBunn
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10/30/2012 2:27 PM
Thanks Jerseygirl, he is doing a lot better today. yesterday I moved his box directly below the step he likes to sleep/sit on in his condo. To get down he now has to hop directly into it. which means his first place before going into the main part of the condo (where he was peeing everywhere) is the litter box. He didn't go anywhere outside of his box overnight or today so far! hoooray! He also suddenly was bursting with energy last night and i suspect him feeling better also has a lot to do with it. I appreciate your support. Having a sick bun is so stressful it makes everything else even more exhausting.

LIttlePuffyTail, ugh! I feel your pain! Hopefully you'll be able to use some littebox tricks to get your bun back in there. good luck and I'm glad your bunn is feeling better <3
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