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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > Litter Box & Hay Rack References
Last Post by AndHenry at 12/27/2013 9:02 PM (69 Replies)
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User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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2/24/2012 11:31 AM

So I had a thought the other day that it might be helpful to people who are new to house rabbits or struggling making the "right" litter box to have a picture reference of litter boxes and details to help them. It took me several months to perfect my litter box with my bun so I'm hoping this might help other people cut to the chase.

So here is my buns (primary) box in his condo:

I use compressed newspaper pellets (yesterdays news- UNSCENTED) with carefresh over top (my bun has sensitive hocks). Then I put hay in the other side. I line my boxes with newspaper for easy removal and cuz Bunjamin likes to shred the paper.

I use a litter box with a removable high side because my bun was peeing over the box:


And this is something I like to call "bunny optional":


BBers, please add pics and details about your litterboxes too. I think it'll help (you can always tell me if I'm crazy )
 


User is Offline Lazee
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2/24/2012 12:08 PM

 

It took a while to figure out what she wanted. Untrianed and outdoor cage kept she came to me at

13 months with one litter under her belt when she was 9mo.  but she is perfectly satisfied now

and is the most consistant one of my 3.


User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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2/25/2012 2:47 AM
wow. and I thought my litterbox was big! I like the hay rack you have attached though

User is Offline peppypoo
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2/25/2012 8:18 AM
Good idea! I have a small collection of plastic containers that were failed litterbox trials...it would have been great to know from the beginning what the best options were .

I'll try to see if I can get ahold of a picture later, but I use a medium-sized cat litterbox much like yours, with wood stove pellets covered by a wire grid and a big pile of hay on top.
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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2/25/2012 8:27 AM
Thanks Peppypoo! I think that would be a good idea to have some pictures of litter boxes with grids since a lot of people prefer those too.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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2/25/2012 6:26 PM
I think it'll help (you can always tell me if I'm crazy )


I don't think you're crazy at all, though I can't speak for others... Seriously though, this is one thing that often troubles people with rabbits so I think the thread is a great idea.

I cannot count the number of litterboxes I bought over time. lol Not all were specifically made to be litter boxes either. Some of the best ones are actually storage boxes or plastic tubs.
When I had just one rabbit, I used various things as a grid over the litter. Jersey actually adapted to all the changes I made without trouble. Which is actually ironic now because she has terrible habits now but it's not related to the type of boxes I use.

I'll attach some picture of the ones I currently use later. At the moment for Jelly and TimTim, I use a deep rectangular tub lined with newspaper and hay. It has been the simplest thing and they like it. It does require daily cleaning though. I'm using regular cat boxes for the fosters with same, newspaper and hay. This however has been messy! The boys dig and tear up the paper. They poo everywhere too. I'm, positive it's due to hormones.The girls currently aren't as messy....yet. Anyway, they all pee in the box at least.

Jersey and Rumball have a couple. A deep box I use wood pellets in with a grate over top. It's a plastic grid I cut out of a bread crate. The other big box they have is actually a tiered storage rack that had missing compnonents. It has solid base and a flat grid type part that fits over the top. I line the base with a garbage bag for easy cleaning. I don't recommend that for everyone though. I wouldn't use it for any of the others either. It's just I know J&R dont and have not ever tried tear at or eat the plastic.

An older pic of that.


User is Offline bunpooperpants
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2/26/2012 9:15 AM
That looks great jerseygirl! Where did you get those wide/deep rectangular tubs?

User is Offline peppypoo
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2/26/2012 10:41 PM

 Here we go! The screen is pretty much just a sheet of chicken wire bent at the corners so it forms a [ shape and supports itself above the litter...if that makes sense, haha.

 

 

Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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2/27/2012 4:57 AM
Thanks peppypoo! You're right, are boxes look very similar in design- just different with the screen.

If we get more references, maybe BB will pin this so new people will always be able to see it

User is Offline TBpony414
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2/27/2012 10:54 AM
Such a great idea!!! I have a large collection of failed litter box ideas as well as failed hay box ideas.

Lazee, could you post a picture of your hay container and tell us a little bit about it? I love that it fits so perfectly in your litterbox and your bunny can eat it nicely without spilling it everywhere.

Jersey, I love that bread box thing with slats!

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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2/27/2012 12:10 PM

haha, I have fails too. I did a big hay rack made with NIC grids and cardboard one time. Jersey, pulled all the hay out the bottom as soon as I rigged it up. And she doesn't even eat hay!

The litter box one of those storage shelf things. Similar to this. except the bottom on mine was solid.

I also use tubs I just got in a variety store.

The other ones I use is bottom part of hooded litter box with the piece of bread crate grid in it. (see below) I sometimes keep the hood on.

btw, that's Rumball in the box, in the bath tub. I carried him there in it for a fur plucking session. He was going through a huge molt.


User is Offline bunpooperpants
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2/27/2012 1:24 PM
That's genius with the storage shelf things! I'm going to try it if I find one that is cheap (or with a bread tray).

User is Offline yannikin
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2/28/2012 6:52 PM

Personally, the standard cat litterbox is absolutely unsatisfactory for me.  The walls are too low, they aren't big enough for my bun to stretch out, and they don't adequately contain the mess. My bunny is only an average sized satin (about 6-7 pounds), so if you have a bigger bun I'm sure you are silently cursing the messy situation at home from the standard cat litterbox!  In fact, I'm going to start a revolution against cat litter boxes for bunnies!

My litterbox is a rubbermaid toughneck that's about 24X16X8 with a small hole cut out on one side ($5 at home depot).  I have a small soap rack ($1)  that I hung into drilled holes so that her veggies are also off the floor.  The litterbox is next to the poster tube hay racks that some of y'all have recently seen.

This set up keeps her VERY happy.  She's got privacy and security, can turn around, lay down, and eat in her litter cage.  Most importantly it keeps her daddy happy.  If she keeps her dad happy, she'll not be grounded...buahahahaha!  semi jk

 


User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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2/29/2012 6:01 AM
that's a cool idea, yannikan! Thanks

User is Offline Rei
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2/29/2012 11:16 AM
There is just something about your bunny that makes me melt! lol This is what finally worked, after trying the corner boxes, and I had to make a screen for it so she stopped digging all night long. Molly's hay rack is up to the left, but I don't think you can really see it in the picture.


User is Offline HoneysBuns
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3/02/2012 9:57 PM

Here's my litterbox and hay container! I use WSP and and recently starting mixing hay, as well as buying herbs and edible flowers to put in the box as a special treat!

  


User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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3/03/2012 5:09 AM
Thank you everyone for the pictures! I think this thread will be very helpful for people who are new to buns or their current situation is not working. I've bought and tried so many litter boxes, I'm just hoping to save someone time and money.

User is Offline kamdynandsunshinesmom
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3/03/2012 10:27 AM
That is a great idea. I actually bought 1 litterbox for bunny and it has worked out. When my 1 rabbit became disabled I tried a number of litterboxes till I found the one that worked. I spent alot of money and time!

User is Offline BB
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3/09/2012 6:01 PM

This is a great idea FrankieFlash!  As what may work for one person will not work for another.  We may each have a different routine, different bunny personalities, and litter box habits, etc that may require different types of litterbox options!  

 There are also the covered litterboxes that some people like.   Some bunnies are a bit shy with those since the covered boxes only have one opening, (many bunnies like multiple escape routes) but we have had members whose bunnies love them.  

In the store we have a litterbox screen kit which is good for people who want to save more litter.  The screen is also meant to be dumped daily -- making it easier to keep a clean box, and clean bunny feet. . See the video    

Litterbox Screen Kit (made with galvanized metal to prevent corrosion as bunny urine can be pretty darn corrosive).  

 

Here's the video of how it is supposed to work: 

 

 


User is Offline Moonlight_Wolf
United States of America, Pittsford, New York
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5/22/2012 9:28 AM
I actually have the Binkybunny litterbox because before I was using lighting diffuser as a grid and it was SO HARD TO CLEAN! it worked pretty well otherwise. The BB one is a lot easier to clean. And it works really well. The reason I need a grid is because fern loves digging the litter when there isn't a grid.
I'm sorry I don't really have a picture of the old one or the BB one, but BB above has a pic of the BB one so thats the one I have Ill take a pic of how my hay rack is set up at some point.
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