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Home Forum BEHAVIOR Peeing on his bedding?

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    • Arlo
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      Hiya.

      So my sweet little dude was litter trained within a few days of adopting him and then over two weeks his behaviour got a little worse so we decided it was best to start re-litter training him. I removed his bedding and kept him in his cage for a few days and began giving him more access to his allocated rooms and he did great. It took less than 24 hours for him to start using his litter box every time and he never had an accident in 10 days so I figured he’s got the hang of it all again and decided to give him back some bedding this afternoon as I cleaned out his cage.

      As soon as I put bedding back in, he started peeing everywhere in his cage again despite still going to the litter box about 75% of the time. He also while on a little exploration around his allotted rooms, peed on my carpet in the living room (ugh!). The only thing that has changed is that he now has bedding back and I’m wondering if this is his wee way of telling me he doesn’t like it?

      Any help or advice would be appreciated.

      Thanks!


    • Sirius&Luna
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      What are you using as bedding? Is it similar to what you’re using in the litter trays?

      Most of us here use fleece/rugs for the floor, and wood or paper pellets in the litter tray. This helps them to clearly differentiate between what is litter tray, and what shouldn’t be peed on.


    • Bunny House
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      Is he neutered? Hormones can influence litter training


    • Arlo
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      We have been using wooden pellets in his litter box and then shredded paper type stuff in his cage for his bedding. Have thought about fleece since I’ve read it’s good for them/most bunnies like the feeling but just worried about how messy it’ll be if he has an accident on it?

      And yes he is neutered. He is however shedding into his winter coat (I’m in New Zealand so we are backwards) and I know that some people find their buns get a bit of an attitude when this is happening. Not sure it would disrupt litter training tho.


    • Asriel and Bombur
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      It really is most likely because of bedding scattered everywhere. You’re essentially un-litter training him. Scattering bedding teaches him it’s okay to go anywhere because there’s bedding to catch it all. Just get rid of it. It’s absolutely useless. You don’t really even need anything in there on the bottom, as long as it’s not a wired bottom cage.


    • Kiki
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      I use fleece for bedding. If it gets peed on pop it in the wash, it cleans up easily enough

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