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Forum BEHAVIOR My spayed female bunny won’t stop marking

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    • Cornelialovesbunnys
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        hello! First post here! I have a 1 year old spayed female bunny that free roams in my apartment. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old and she has been pretty consistent with the litter training since I got her until a few months ago. After she was spayed in November I noticed she started marking in two places in her “home base” and I cannot seem to figure out why. Her litter box is cleaned every other day (with hay refills everyday), I clean the spots with urine specific cleaner, and when cleaning up her urine I make sure to put some on a paper towel and put it in the litter box. I can never catch her doing it either because she does it in the middle of the night. Does anyone have any similar stories, ideas, or tips on this subject?


      • Wick & Fable
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          While we say rabbits can be litter-box trained, it’s actually probably more accurate to say that their natural behaviors/inclinations lend themselves to use litterboxes. In reality, they often aren’t encoding that a random rectangular vessel is where they should go, but rather we set it up in places and w/ contents that make the rabbits want to use it for most/all of their urination/defecation needs.  It sounds like those two places are areas that for one reason or another, she finds agreeable to mark a lot. I’d either put boxes there, or re-arrange things to see if it makes it less likely for her to go there again.

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        • DanaNM
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            What type of flooring is in her home base, and where does she have hay available? Some buns will pee wherever they eat hay, and many will pee on soft surfaces. With one of my buns I couldn’t have any blankets in her pen unless they were stretched very tightly over a firm surface, and I had to position her hay rack so she could only reach it when fully sitting in the box.

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          • LBJ10
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              I agree with Dana. This may be solved by simply rethinking how things are set up.

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