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    SweetB
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    Hi! I have a Dutch rabbit who’s about 3 years old now and lives exclusively indoors (except hanging out outside in the summer some days). She was neutered when she was 1 and that helped her litter training a lot. But lately she’s been going wherever she pleases instead of in her litter boxes! She has a fenced in area of my room with a smaller cage in there where I keep the litter box.

    I recently repainted my room and rearranged it a bit and when I brought her back in, she stopped using her litter box! Is it due to a change of environment?

    We also got a kitten recently, is this a territorial thing?

    Any idea why she’s changed behavior?

    Let me know, thanks!


    #1892954
    Azerane
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    Hi there

    Is she doing pees or poops outside the litter tray, or both?

    Both of the things you mentioned (redoing your room, and getting a kitten) could easily cause he to act out with litter habits. A change in environment that now looks and smells different is a good reason to remark territory. Territorial poops along boundaries are common.

    Again, the same thing with adding a kitten to the family. The kitten can be seen as an intruder, it smells different and comes up to the edge of bun’s territory, so again the boundaries need to be marked.

    If there’s lots of peeing everywhere, or dribbles of pee then she could have a urinary tract infection and it could be worth getting her checked by a vet, if it’s mostly poops and occasional pees then it’s probably just territory. Likely it will settle down with a bit more time


    #1893446
    SweetB
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    She is doing both outside of her litter tray, I’ve tried adding another litter box but she still goes right outside of it instead of jumping in to use it. There aren’t any dribbles anywhere though. Maybe she’s just lazy! I’ll try keeping the kitten out of my room to see if that helps with any territorial issues.

    Thank you! 


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