My rabbit constantly poops in his food and water bowl
Rabbits/My rabbit constantly poops in his food and water bowl
Expert: Dana Krempels, Ph.D. - 7/21/2016
Question QUESTION: dear Dana my rabit will not sto pooping in his food and water bowl. I always have to keep cleaning his food and water all the time. A loty of food gets wasted because of this. Is my rabit sick?
ANSWER: Dear Anahera,
Have you provided a litterbox for the bunny? I would place a nice, comfortable litterbox filled with non-clay litter (pelleted sawdust or recycled paper litters are good) and covered with soft hay in the spot where the food bowl is now. Move the food bowl to a different spot. It is very likely the bunny will poop in the litterbox, not in the bowl.
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