Question I have a lion head bunny as an ESA registered service animal. I bought him from the breeder when he was born, and received him as soon as he was old enough to be away from his mom; although he has only recently become my service animal. I know any type of diapers for bunny's is harmful and cruel, and I don't want to do that. I have a pouch type thing that I wear over my shoulder for him to sit in while I'm walking around. I also have a bunny harness and light weight stretchy leash for him. He is not leash trained, but in certain public settings where I can, I like to set him down (if he seems to not like being held any longer) and let him hop around while holding onto the leash (and making sure he isn't getting into anything dangerous). I have even figured out ways to make sure he stays cool and frequently feel the inside of his ears to make sure he isn't getting overheated. The only thing I can't figure out is how to contain is poop and pee. I can't lay anything in the pouch as he just kicks it up to the side while he is in there. The poop is easy to pick up and throw away, but a hassle if he isn't on my lap or in the pouch. Is there anything I can do??
Answer Dear Hannah,
The only thing I can think of is for you to bring a dustbuster-type of small vaccuum cleaner or just a dustpan and whisk broom with you wherever you go with your bunny. He's less likely to pee, but if he does that, then a ziplock bag filled with a washcloth soaking in white vinegar will be a good emergency cleanup tool.
But I would certainly not attach anything to the bunny to contain the waste.
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