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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Baby Bunnies Peeing EVERYWHERE!
Last Post by dmh426 at 4/19/2007 8:46 AM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline Jeanne
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4/18/2007 5:37 AM
I need help!  We just got two new baby bunnies about 3 weeks ago.  At first they did well with the whole potty issue, but latey they pee and poop everywhere....couch, floor, clothes, rugs...you name it they have soiled it.  Their cage is open when they have free time and I also have a litter box in the room.  I pick up their poops and put them in the litter box, but it does not seem to help.  Does anyone have any suggestions????  Our other rabbit that we have had for several months never has an accident.  Is it because they are babies?

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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4/18/2007 7:59 AM
welcome to BinkyBunny jchambers1978 :-)

Litterbox training baby bunnies can be frustrating! 

 I think there may be several factors contributing to the issue. Many bunnies just don't really get litter training until they're spayed or neutered. Once they're spayed / neutered their litter habits are likely to really improve. Since your home is new to them - they likely are also marking their territory.

I'd recommend reading through the info on litter training, since there are lots of great tips: www.binkybunny.com/BUNNYINFO/LitterboxTraining/tabid/62/Default.aspx

Some very basics: Try adding more litterboxes to their house and territory, especially in any areas they seem to keep marking. It's also a good idea to limit their roaming space while working on box training. Once they've mastered only going in the box in an area, you slowly increase their territory over time. Also - adding some hay to the box can help remind them to use it.

Another thing I'd like to mention - it can be very difficult to properly sex young bunnies. Pet stores very often mis-sex bunnies and people are shocked and upset to discover a litter baby bunnies. Since bunnies can get pregnant as young as 3 months, I do recommend making sure they're properly sexed. This site has some photos to help you determine what sex your bunnies are: www.rabbitnetwork.org/articles/sexing.shtml

hang in there and keep us updated
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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4/18/2007 2:18 PM

Welcome jchcambers 1978.  

To just add to and ditto what gravehearted has already said.   The reason that they may now seem to have unlearned their litterbox habits is that they may be reaching sexual maturity, (usually around 12 weeks) and now their hormones are driving them to mark.  Becareful to watch that they don't fight, and if they are opposite sex that they don't mate.   

Having them spayed/neutered will really help them get back on track.  It can take a month or longer for their hormones to die down though, so for now it sounds liek you will need to limit their freedom for the time being so that they can establish "THEIR" territory and know it differs from yours or the general territory.   Do you have pen so that you can limit their freeddom, yet give them enough room to exercise?

It's a good idea to to do this asap, as bad habits can set in even if they are just hormonally driven right now.  

I also agree that you should get them sexed asap because you don't want to separate them if they are not fighting as that could make them unbond, but then the other scenerio of one getting pregnant (expecially at this young age) is worse.   If you still can't figure out which one is which, then maybe a rabbit savvy vet or nearby rabbit rescue would be able to help you out.  

At this time, testicles should drop, but males can pull them back up, so you can't always tell that way either.

Keep us updated.

 

 


User is Offline dmh426
Syracuse, New York
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4/19/2007 8:46 AM
They might have too much room. They are babies and have to earn their space. Try enclosing them in a smaller area with a litterbox and see how they do.

Get them sexed or you will ahve more baby bunnies if you have a girl and a boy!
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