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    • DawnK
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        Hello,

        I got my 4 yr old FS rabbit a new enclosure. It’s much larger than her old enclosure. There are 2 litter boxes, however, she is now urinating and having bms in odd places in the enclosure and around my house! Unsure what to do. Is she pissed off at me for changing things? I’m using the same litter.

        Thank you!


      • DanaNM
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          Hmmm, how long ago did you move her to the new enclosure? A little marking is common when a bun moves to a new place or things get shuffled around, but usually it subsides in a couple weeks or so.

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        • DawnK
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            I changed things on Sunday. Things do seem a bit better today. I was at my wits end yesterday!


          • Wick & Fable
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              The new environment can definitely cause marking in even the most litterbox adherent rabbits, so overtime as it becomes less new and also as you can observe where she likes to go, you can make adjustments accordingly to increase litterbox adherence.

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            • LBJ10
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                Keeping things smelling the same can also help. If moving to a new area or changing the setup, don’t wash anything or change the litter box initially. That way, everything still smells like it’s her territory.


              • Ana William
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                  Rabbits may mark their territory when they’re introduced to new surroundings or changes in their environment. It’s possible that your rabbit is feeling stressed or uncertain about the new enclosure, leading to the behavior. Additionally, rabbits can also develop litter box habits and may need time to adjust to the new boxes. Here are some tips that may help:

                  1. Gradual transition: Gradually move your rabbit to the new enclosure, giving her time to get used to the new surroundings.
                  2. Provide more litter boxes: In a larger enclosure, you may need to provide more litter boxes for your rabbit to use. Place them in different locations throughout the enclosure.
                  3. Use the same litter: Consistency is key when it comes to litter, so make sure to use the same litter in the new boxes.
                  4. Clean up immediately: Clean up any accidents immediately and thoroughly to remove any odors that may attract your rabbit back to the spot.
                  5. Provide plenty of hiding spots and hiding boxes for your rabbit to feel secure in the new enclosure.

                  With patience and persistence, your rabbit may adjust to the new enclosure and develop proper litter box habits. If the problem persists, it’s best to consult a veterinarian for further advice.

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