How to Potty Train a Dwarf Rabbit

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How to Potty Train a Dwarf Rabbit
Rabbits are easy to housetrain. (rabbit image by Han van Vonno from

Dwarf rabbits can be trained to use a litter tray like a cat, and potty training is essential if the rabbit is to have the run of your home. Rabbits naturally mess in one or two places, and all you need is to teach your pet that the place to do this is the litter tray. A rabbit is, in fact, one of the easiest animals to housetrain, and the inevitable accidents are far less unpleasant than those of dogs or cats.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Litter tray
  • Newspapers
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Paper towels
  • Spray cleaner

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  1. 1

    Get your dwarf rabbit spayed or neutered. This is necessary for health reasons in females and helps prevent scent marking with urine by males. It also reduces aggression in both genders and makes house training easier.

  2. 2

    Keep your dwarf rabbit in a pen or in one room with an easy-to-clean floor to start with.

  3. 3

    Note where she mainly chooses to defecate and urinate.

  4. 4

    Place several old newspapers in a litter tray and put the tray in the chosen place after wiping up the mess.

  5. 5

    Sweep up all other rabbit droppings and put them in the tray as soon as you see them.

  6. 6

    Remove puddles with paper towels and put them in the litter tray. Wipe over the places where the rabbit urinated with kitchen cleaner to remove the smell.

  7. 7

    Let the litter tray get fairly dirty to start with. When you change the newspapers, put a few sheets of slightly soiled paper back in to keep the smell.

  8. 8

    Allow the rabbit more freedom once he is urinating only in the litter tray and nowhere else. He might occasionally leave droppings in other places, but they are dry and easy to sweep up. At this point you can also keep the litter tray cleaner. Most rabbit owners change the newspapers daily.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't use cat litter. Some kinds are not good for rabbits and any kind may get kicked everywhere.

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