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QUESTION: Hi Christine! My rabbit is a female holland lop, aged 9 years old and has been litter trained. Recently I've noticed she has been peeing outside her litter box and all over her cage instead of in her litter box. She's also spayed, and I haven't noticed any changes in her daily activities. I'm wondering if this is a natural side effect of her aging, or if this is an issue I should be concerned with. Since the vet is so expensive, I just want to make sure it's absolutely necessary before I take her for nothing. Thank you!!

ANSWER: Sophia,

Are there any other changes that you notice - is her poo soft or malformed? Changes in appetite? Have you changed anything about her environment - switched the location of things, or new litter?

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QUESTION: Hi Christine,

No, there have not been any new changes whatsoever.

Sophia

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Sophia,

So this isn't a temper tantrum... hmmm. I don't think it's anything to worry yourself over too much, especially since there are no other behavioral or physical concerns. Taking her to the vet is something I'll leave up to you to decide. If she had other symptoms I'd say yes, take her right away. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you. Hope this helps.

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Christine Whetstone

Expertise

I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.

Experience

I've owned indoor rabbits for the last 10 years. During that time I've gained experience in areas like bonding exercises, understanding behavior, warning signs of sick bunnies, how to handle more serious illnesses (GI stasis, abscesses, eye problems, etc.) and more. It's rare that I come across an inquiry that I do not already know the answer to.

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House Rabbit Society, supporter of local rabbit rescues

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http://ilovemyhouserabbit.com/

Education/Credentials
Personal experience beats the pants off of a degree, in my opinion.

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