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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.

For all the best information  on the care of your bunny, please visit:

http://www.rabbit.org

I hope this helps.

Dana

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QUESTION: I have provided him with a comfortable little box withhay in it. He poops in there but also poops on in his food and water bowl still

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Dear Anahera

Try elevating his food and water bowl on a small shelf that's harder to sit on.

Alternatively, place the bowls in the center of his pen, not the corner.  Bunnies tend to like to poop in corners.

It's not uncommon for young rabbits to do this, and it may be something he'll eventually outgrow.

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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