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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > loose the smell, or loose the rabbit
Last Post by Beka27 at 9/26/2012 3:46 AM (53 Replies)
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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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9/19/2012 5:37 PM
If her feet are getting that stinky, her litter box needs to be cleaned more often.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/20/2012 1:26 AM
Ditto the others. Litter box is probably the problem. You can try putting some corn starch on her feet and then dust if off. It will absorb the pee and freshen them up.
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User is Offline Lillydahungrybunny
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9/20/2012 5:42 PM
but I clean it every day

LPT- I'll try that IF Lilly lets me lol

User is Offline Lillydahungrybunny
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9/20/2012 5:45 PM
I only tried cleaning Lilly's scent glands once and that was recently but she didn't let me so I will let the vet do that on the 29th.

User is Offline FluffyBunny
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9/20/2012 8:06 PM

Her anal glands could definitely be contributing to the smell. My bunnies give off a disgusting poop/fish/burnt tortilla chip smell when they need a cleaning. Cleaning them isn't too hard once you figure it out...if you really have a hard time, try trancing her with a "bunny burrito" and getting someone to help you restrain her.

I highly recommend wood stove pellets for litter. They're incredibly cheap and they absorb the smell very well. The only smell I notice with them is a pleasant pine smell.

The only other tip I have is to check your house for any old pee spots. Sometimes the bunnies will pee in very strange places...behind furniture, under beds, on the wall, on their toys, on sofas, etc. Especially check any paper or cardboard that she might be able to pee on - I once had a terrible odor in my bunny room for weeks due to a pee-soaked cardboard box.
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User is Offline BB
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9/20/2012 8:46 PM

I am confused -- how is she getting the urine on her feet? Is it that she doesn't use the box, urinates on the floor and then step on the floor? Or if she is using her litterbox, then what kind of litter is it? I am so sorry as I know you are trying your best and the pressure of possibly losing your bunny must be terribly difficult. Life can be unfair sometimes. I hope that somehow someway a solution will be found soon. We're trying!

Also, could she be spraying? Check the walls around her cage to see if you see any clearish residue. (It's hard to spot sometimes).  Because even if you clean her cage, if there is urine on the walls, that could be making things smelly too.  IF you find out she is spraying, this should also get better after spaying. 

User is Offline Lillydahungrybunny
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9/21/2012 2:43 PM
@BB- once I put Lilly's litterbox in her cage, she started using it but only stops using it outside of her cage. Her feet smell by sitting in her litterbox.

User is Offline BB
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9/21/2012 7:08 PM
What are you using for litter? Vivian loves to hang out in her litterbox and eat hay, and sometimes she'll sleep in there. Even before I had the screen, I was able to prevent "icky" feet. You may need to get a better litter.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/22/2012 11:13 AM
The odor needs to be absorbed every day, and you know cleaning out the box totally that often is a lot of work. So, try putting a fresh layer of (aspen) shavings (or Carefresh) over the whole bed of litter, creating a top layer. It will absorb the odor underneath, and provide a clean surface for bunny to go into that day. Remember, cecals smell, so give her a chance to eat them when the smell will go away. If it's definitely urine, then maybe you're not making it thick enough, so the added layer should help.

Definitely plain corn starch on her feet will absorb odor and clean her up a bit. If it's old odor, you can put about 1/2 inch of warm water in the sink with a mild baby soap and gently hold her while lowering just her feet into the bath. Either in there, or if she struggles, on a towel in your lap, clean her paws with a washcloth then dry them. It sounds like she has residual odor that is keeping up the smell. The corn starch after a quick paw bath will dry and soak up the last of it. You can even sprinkle the corn starch outside the litter pan a bit to soak up the odor left there from prior urine. It won't harm her to step in it.

Now that I say it, try sprinkling some corn starch on the bottom of the cleaned litter pan, the add a full covering of litter. It may be harder to wash off later, but it may help get rid of the smell still in there. Are you washing out the pan with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution when you clean it out? That helps too.
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User is Offline Phyllis Routt
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9/23/2012 12:43 AM

This is my first time on this site and I must say Thank You for it.


My bunny is a French Mini Lop.  He has a swollen lip.  His vet gave me some Otic Ear Drops and examined him which cost $133.00  It's been two weeks now, and his lip is still swollen.  I went to a website, www.peteducation.com and asked about swollen lip in rabbits.  Have you ever hear of Myxomatosis?  It is to have been caused by insects.  Now, my theory is this.  I had this awful smelly CareFresh Pet Bedding approximately two months ago.  I spoke with the CareFresh Bedding Company and they mailed me another large Carfresh Natural Pet Bedding which smelled just as bad if not worse than the one I mailed to them.  I had no idea there was some formula change.  I called again after having received this package of CareFresh bedding because of the smell.  They called the local Petco store in my town, and when I got there to return this 2nd package of bedding, the store refunded my money (I had the receipt from the first bag).  The clerk opened the bag so I could smell it before I took it from the store.  Also, CareFresh sent me a gift card to Petsmart for $50.  My bunny developed this swollen lip and an inner ear infection a few days later.  I knew something was wrong with him because, he mopped around and kept shaking his head and his lip was swollen on the left side.  I just read about this Myxomatosis.  I believe this CareFresh bedding had some insects in there that caused this infection in my bunny.  My bunny is hard core military like me.  He did not stop eating, drinking, but he hasn't carried his favoriet pillow around since his illness.  Does anyone have any comments to give me about Myxomatosis?  I told CareFresh I believed their bedding made my bunny sick, but it was before I took him to the vet.  I thank God he is still living.  If this swollen lip and ear infection was caused by the bedding, I want CareFresh to pay his vet bill!  Please reply.  Thank you.

User is Offline Sarita
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9/23/2012 3:30 AM
Hi Phyllis, welcome.

I do recommend that you read our Forum Guidelines prior to posting. I also recommend that you start your own post instead of piggybacking on others posts so that you can get a reply to your post and not take over another member's post.

I cannot comment about the Carefresh and bugs but I do believe that you need to get a proper diagnosis from a vet as to what could be the problem with your rabbit rather than diagnosing his problem yourself. Is that what the vet actually diagnosed?

I also do not believe our members will be able to comment as to whether Carefresh should pay his vet bills either.

I hope that your vet finds an answer and he gets better soon.

User is Offline Lillydahungrybunny
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9/25/2012 12:20 PM
wow! when I looked at Lilly's feet today they were white again and I didn't even try anything! they don't smell as bad anymore I'm soooooo happy thank you so much for your help.

I know that the cage is the thing that stinks because when I move it, the hallway stops smelling. Her cage is a wired bottom, store bought cage (I'm saving up for a two story used condo) and even though Lilly uses the litterbox, there are droppings everywhere. I clean the cage bottom every time I see a bunch of droppings which is about every week but after I clean it it still smells. I haven't tried vinegar/water mixture yet on the cage bottom yet. I will heep you updated!


User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/25/2012 1:20 PM
LDHB, I'm glad her feet are better and no longer smelly. I didn't realize that you have a cage with a wire bottom, but I should caution you that it is not very healthy for her and will lead to a condition called sore hocks over time. That can be a red wound, or an infection and again, become smelly too. If you can get her a simple cage with a plastic bottom if you can't afford a new 2 story condo, I would do that sooner. It needs to be wide and long, but one story with a good, fresh clean bottom is better than what she's in. I think if you get rid of the wire-bottomed cage you will find the smell disappears also. It will be hard to scrub the wire floor, so soaking in vinegar and water may be the only way. I hope you can do that, and either add a covering to the wire floor, like a sheet of thick acrylic cut from the hardware store, or just start over with a new cage.

I know this is an expensive suggestion, but the right size cage that is clean will save you a lot of expenses in health care treatments in the long run. Meanwhile, I'm very glad some of our suggestions have helped you already.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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9/26/2012 3:46 AM
Or if you can't get something new right now, can you remove the drop-thru tray (is that the part that smells?) and just put a solid scrap of linoleum over the wire?

Can you post a picture of her current set-up?

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