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    • Aimeenb45
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      So my husband and I went out and got a bunny almost a week ago. He’s about 10 weeks old. Cutest and sweetest bunny I could ever ask for. He has decided, however, that the couch is his now and is his litter box. Lol. Now I have NO experience with rabbits, especially indoor rabbits. So any advice is welcome really. First things first though, because I hate keeping him in his cage. Now he’s not litter trained yet. I figured that it is best to let him get used to being here first. Now I know he’s most likely just marking his territory, especially since he’s new here. I would just like some advice on what I can do to 1. Get rid or the pee stains. 2. Get rid of the smell. 3. Keep it from happening. Any advice is welcome, and very much appreciated!


    • Bam
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      Pee stains can be removed with any enzymatic spot remover or car upholstery shampoo. I use Vanish spray or Zip car (upholstery) shampoo. Enzymes will break down the smell.

      Another alternative is vinegar and water, 50/50 mix.

      You need to block him from accessing the sofa until he is littertrained and neutered. Buns like peemarking sofas and beds. This tendency might not go away with neutering, but it could.

      You should also start littertraining him immediately. It’s difficult to get an intact young bunny perfectly litterbox trained, but the sooner you start, the better. If he has a big area to move around in it can be best to make it smaller by using an x-pen. Put poop and sth he has peed on in the box. Preferably place it where he has gone before – or if he goes outside the box, move the box to that very spot. Placement of the box is very important for rabbits. They choose a toilet-spot, and they will go in that spot regardless if there’s a box or not. Most buns catch on pretty quickly.


    • Aimeenb45
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      I know it’s been forever since you replied, but I’d just like to say thank you so much! Once we got him a litter box, he took to it so well. I was honestly amazed at how quickly he adjusted to it. Granted that was in his cage. He still kept using the bathroom other places. BUT we also took your other advice recently and got him fixed and honestly he has done SO MUCH better! Thank you!


    • jerseygirl
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      Thanks for reporting back, Aimeenb45! It’s really good to hear these positive updates. It does help validate the usual advice given. It will hopefully encourage others that are currently facing the issue you were.

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