I want to introduce myself. My name is Jess, and I have a juvenile bunny named Greg. He's a little under a year old.
I have some questions about cleaning in general. Greg lives in a modified large dog kennel. It's nice and big with room for him to run around and a shelf for him to hop onto and hang out. The problem is that the sides are open where there are spaces between the bars. He gets hay and bedding and poop EVERYWHERE! It's on carpet, so I sweep and vacuum as much as possible, but I can't keep up. My idea is to make an edging out of corrugated plastic. Do you think this would be safe for bunny chewing habits? Also, does anyone know where to get it?
Next question: I'm using aspen shavings for lining his litter box. It's very absorbent and it covers odor pretty well. He hasn't seemed to have any problems with it so far. However, I use a separate box with hay in it, and he poops in that too. He only pees in the litter box, but he likes to flip his hay box and it flings poop and hay everywhere. Should I just fill his litter box with hay? I felt that would be unsanitary, but the litter box is fixed to the cage and can't be flung.
Last question: Greg is has only peed out of his litter box a couple times when he was younger, but he poops outside of it ALL THE TIME. But only when he is out of his cage. He particularly loves to poop on our couch. My boyfriend hates it. Can I train him to stop? Also, he's not neutered, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Should I get him fixed? Or is it too late and that pooping habit is already reinforced? I don't really want to get him fixed because he's never around other rabbits, and I can't stand the thought. It seems so barbaric.