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Hi there. We have two male rabbits, 15 weeks old, that we have had since 8 weeks. They have been neutered. To begin with we only let them out in a pen but have gradually increased this and they hop round the living room and kitchen happily. It only took about 2 weeks to litter train them in the hutch, and not much longer to litter train them when out. When I say litter train I mean peeing in a litter box. Haven't mastered pooing in one place... that just seems to drop out without them noticing - I assume this is unfortunately normal? The last week or so they have started to not pee in the litter box when out. They aren't keeping to a specific spot, seems to be all over the place, including on our lap. they have also started pushing the litter box around the hutch and not peeing in that either. Unfortunately I can't seem to work out their 'look' when they are peeing, so unless it is on my lap we don't catch them mid-action to be able to lift up and place in litter tray.
Is this normal? How do we re-train them? They really don't like going in the pen in the lounge now as they can see where they used to run and can't anymore, so chew ferociously on the bars and try to dig out. So confining them to a smaller area to easily find the tray doesn't seem to be an option. Whenever we let them out i try to lift them and place them down in the litter tray as a starter so they know where it is (not that it has moved). Can't think what else to do?
As an aside, they don't seem too keen on hay. With the current re-placing of the litter tray they are pulling the hay out of the rack and then peeing on it - I'm not sure whether intentional or not.