BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > my bunny is pooping on the couch
Last Post by rory_rabbit at 11/06/2012 2:49 PM (4 Replies)
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User is Offline Bryan
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11/03/2012 5:22 AM
HI i am a new bunny owner and would like some infomation.  My bunny chloe is pooping on the couch.  I put a blanket down so its not a huge deal.  She is potty trained and only goes in her litter box and no where else in the house.  So far to correct the behavior as soon as she poops a couple of time i say "ok" back to your cage you go to try to teach her.  She is eating some of the poop too.  Anyone have some advise on how to stop it? btw she was peeing also but has since stopped peeing.

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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11/03/2012 8:19 AM
The pooping is her marking of territory. Since the couch smells like you she's trying to claim the couch for herself and cover up your scent with hers. It is normal for rabbits to eat their own cecals. Is that what you saw her eating? It helps them keep their GI tract in balance so that's totally normal. If it's their poo pellets and their eating TONS of it. I would raise my eyebrows at that and contact your vet and see what they have to say. They're eating a few of their poo pellets it's no big deal. My little girl likes to take "tester" bites out of her poo to make sure it's her poo pellets and not her cecals. Also, is your little girl neutered? Females have a 80% to 85% chance of getting uterine cancer.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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11/03/2012 6:21 PM
Yep, it's a marking behaviour. Couches and beds seem to be irresistible to rabbits.
If she's stopped the peeing on there, there is hope she'll stop the pooing also. When she starts it I'd give her a vocal "reprimand" (which really acts as an interruption) or pop her straight off the couch. She probably doesn't associate being returned to her cage with the behaviour. With animals you only have a one second gap to act. Right as the unwanted behaviour occurs.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline buttercup86
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11/04/2012 10:29 AM
Maybe put a litter box by the couch and every time she poos scoot her into the litter box...every time my bunny goes somewhere he shouldn't I also put the poo in the litter box for him to get the scent of where it should go.

User is Offline rory_rabbit
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11/06/2012 2:49 PM
Rory was doing this last week - it was so not pleasant sitting on rabbit poop! Simon and I both got peed on, too! This week he hasn't done it so much, I'm not an expert (first bun!) but for us herding him back towards his litter tray and putting down more hay has seemed to do the trick for now.

Also, we taught him the command "down" which worked with varying success - he jumps down when we say it but then hops right back up again!

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