The Complete Rabbit Care Guide
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by Andrea Austin

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All in all, it really is the wise decision to take the time to litter box train your animal.


CLEANING UP AFTER YOUR RABBIT

Rabbits, like cats, are fussy creatures, and they like to be clean and to live in a clean environment. Therefore, you need to do your part to keep your pets cage and surrounding exercise area in good shape. Doing so will ensure that your rabbit is happy, contented and healthy.


Keeping His Cage Clean

First and foremost, keep your pets cage very clean. A cage is a rabbits home base, his comfort zone. If it gets dirty, your pet will feel upset, anxious, and dislocated. Therefore, observe the inside of the cage regularly and mop of any food or water spills you may find. If you have put hay in with your rabbit, change it frequently so that it does not get wet and rot within the cage.

Remember, the mess may not just be confined to the cage proper, so be sure to clean up around the cage, too.

To make your job even easier, put newspapers or plastic down underneath the cage and on surrounding walls and furniture so that your home is well protected from wetness, food spills and odors.


Cleaning Up Outside the Cage

Especially while litter box training, you will need to be vigilant about cleaning up outside the cage, in the rabbits exercise and play areas. To do so, keep a spray bottle filled with white vinegar on hand. (You can also substitute club soda for vinegar.) Spray this on any messes your rabbit creates outside the cage to get out odor and dirt.


Cleaning Litter Boxes

Rabbits will not want to use their litter boxes if they are unclean. Moreover, as I have mentioned earlier, rabbits may want to rest or even take a nap in their litter boxes, and they will only want to do so if its nice and fresh. So clean out all the litter boxes often to ensure that there is fresh litter available. If the litter boxes are very soiled, soak them in white vinegar, which will help to remove the odor and grime.

Rabbit droppings may be used as fertilizer if you have a garden or plants. Organic litter may be used as mulch.


From the Mouth of a Rabbit Owner

I have an older rabbit, and he is pretty stuck in his ways. One day I noticed that he was behaving a little strangely. He would only sit on one side of his cage, refusing to go over to the other half. He looked nervous and anxious, as though something was really bothering him. Physically he looked fine: no bleeding, no swelling or signs of bodily harm. But he did not seem to want to go over to the part of the cage where his food and water were.

When I looked around the cage I realized what the problem was. A large quantity water had apparently spilled into the hay underneath the water bottle, and it was starting to molder. I noticed that the water bottle itself had developed a crack, which had caused the leak. I threw out the water bottle, cleaned up the pool of water and the wet, moldy hay, and bought a nice new water bottle.



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