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Digging: A Common Problem for All Rabbits

Does your rabbit like to dig at the carpet? Taming this natural instinct can be a challenge for any rabbit owner. Your rabbit can�t help but to dig into carpet and other areas of your home and garden. By offering your rabbit items to �dig�, you can help redirect this behavior to a less destructive area.

Make an area in your home for your rabbit to �dig� in. Use an enclosed area or set up a play area with a small pet enclosure. This area should include a carpet mat, a grass mat, a small pillow, a basket, box, or other rabbit safe container to keep paper shreds or bedding like the Soft-Sorbent Scented Small Pet Bedding, some rabbit toys, and anything else that your rabbit might find interesting. You may even want to include a cat scratcher for extra fun.

When your rabbit is outside, try to keep him contained in an area safe for digging. A portable small pet enclosure is great for this purpose and may be moved around your yard when the scenery needs to be changed.

You won�t be able to stop your rabbit�s digging behavior if your rabbit already is inclined to dig, but creating a special place for your rabbit is essential for protecting your carpet or garden.

How to Prevent Your Rabbit from Chewing on Furniture and Other Items

It is a commonly known fact that rabbits have the tendency to chew on things that they are not supposed to chew on when roaming free in a home. Rabbits enjoy chewing on items, especially wooden furniture, because it helps to keep them entertained and keeps their teeth trim and neat. If your rabbit struggles with this problem, try the following steps to help eliminate it:

1. Offer your rabbit fun wooden or mineral toys to chew on. By having toys within easy reach, your rabbit will be less likely to search out items that are not intended for chewing on. If your rabbit spends most of the time in the cage or hutch, set-up a small play area with chewable toys in your home for times when your rabbit is free to roam. This play area will be fun for your rabbit to explore and he or she will be distracted from chewing on furniture or something of importance to you.

2. If your rabbit is interested in a particular piece of furniture, move that piece of furniture to an area where your rabbit does not have access or cut off your rabbit�s access to that item. This works well and helps to save your furniture.

3. If it is not possible to move the piece of furniture or item, try one of the following techniques to deter your rabbit from chewing on it. One technique is to spray the furniture or item with a solution that tastes bad to rabbits. Grannick�s Small Animal Bitter Apple Spray is perfect for spraying on furniture and items that need protection (even your rabbit). Your rabbit should dislike the taste and will be deterred from chewing on the item. Another technique is to place double-stick tape on the specific area that your rabbit likes to chew. This works great because rabbits do not chewing sticky surfaces.

4. Supervise your rabbit�s time outside of the cage or hutch. Pick a regular time each day to let your rabbit out and spend the time playing with your rabbit. With you watching, it will be hard for your rabbit to get away with chewing on furniture or other items.

You may need to try one or all of these techniques, but do not get discouraged if you don�t have success at first. Rabbits are trainable and it may just take some time and patience with your rabbit.

How to Litter Train Your Pet Rabbit

Rabbits are intelligent, little furry animals that like to be clean and are capable of being trained to use a litter box. Training your pet rabbit to use a litter box may be easier than you think. Follow these simple steps and your rabbit will be litter trained:

1. Litter training works best with rabbits that are older. The older your rabbit is, the more likely your rabbit will use a litter box.

2. Rabbits that are spayed or neutered are also more likely to use a litter box.
3. Get a litter box designed especially for rabbits. A high-backed litter box is great for preventing litter from being sprayed all over the cage. One of my favorite boxes is the Enclosed Hi-Corner Litter Pan for Small Animals. This litter box takes up minimal space in your rabbit�s cage and helps to keep litter contained.
4. Choose litter that is made for rabbits or small animals such as Super Pet Critter Litter. Rabbits have been known to ingest litter and using cat litter can be very harmful to your rabbit if ingested. Critter Litter is especially made for small animals and is non-toxic.
5. Once you have chosen a suitable litter box and litter. The next step is to determine where your rabbit likes to go in the cage. If your rabbit prefers a certain area, place the litter box in that area. This will help encourage your rabbit to use the box.
6. If your rabbit does not like to poop in the box, place their poop in the box until he gets the idea.
7. You may also want to place a hay or alfalfa near the box to encourage your rabbit to sit in the box.
8. If your rabbit is using the litter box in the cage and is ready to roam free in the house, designate a small area in the house with a litter box for your rabbit to use as a potty. If your rabbit has an accident outside of the litter box, place him in the litter box right away.
9. Never force your rabbit to use the box and always praise your rabbit after he uses the box.
10. Lastly, change the litter box frequently and keep the box clean by washing it with warm, soapy water.