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Hello,

I have a 5 year old lion head rabbit that is litter box trained. she also has free range of the house. I never had a problem with her marking or spraying. She is spayed and lives with no other rabbits or came into a house with other bunny scent. recently, she has been urinating in one particular spot outside of her litter box. She also uses the litter box and doesn't show any sign of distress. food and water consumption is normal and behavior is normal. when she does go in that one spot it is a rather large amount of urine, not just a small spot. I don't know whether i should take her to the vet or if it is a territorial thing.  Please advise.

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Dear Miko

A sudden change in urination habits like this can signal a health problem, such as urinary tract infection, bladder sludge, or other related problem.  Even arthritis of the spine or pelvic pain can make her unwilling to jump into the box, so she just pees next door and calls that fine.

Please see:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/urinary.html

and find a rabbit-savvy vet here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

I hope she will be fine soon.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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