When I bought house rabbits six years ago, the first thing I noticed was how strong their pee smelled. Considering they were urinating in a litter box in my bedroom and another in the living room, the smell of rabbit pee soon permeated my entire apartment. Being a clean-freak, that’s when I knew I had to do something about it as I didn’t want to have to get rid of them. A few attempts later, I soon hit on several solutions that work for me, and now my apartment is completely odor-free.
If you have a house rabbit and the smell of its urine is driving you crazy, try these remedies so your rabbit’s pee no longer smells bad. I use all of them and, if you didn’t know I had rabbits, you would never have any idea from the smell — or lack thereof.
Change the litter box at least once a day – To stop your rabbit’s pee from smelling bad, you really should change your litter box every day. That means emptying it out completely and adding new newspaper or whichever litter you use, along with a new bed of hay on top of it all.
I change my rabbits’ litter box every morning and, if they seem to be peeing more than normal, it gets changed again in the evening as well. After all, they sleep in a pen in my bedroom and I don’t want to wake up to the lovely smell of pee.
Vinegar is your friend – Vinegar is an amazing product to use when it comes to cleaning out your rabbit’s cage. Use it to clean the litter box and it not only gets rid of the dried up pee that always seems to stick to the bottom of the box, but it completely eliminates odors as well.
Most people, of course, think the smell of vinegar would be worse than that of rabbit pee, but that’s the beauty of vinegar. No matter how often you use it to clean your rabbit’s litter box and cage, the smell evaporates in less than five minutes and all you are left with is a lovely clean and disinfected rabbit space.
Create the perfect litter box – Rabbit urine smells when it’s just sitting pooling in the bottom of the litter box. Your whole house smells even more if your rabbit steps in it and then tracks it through the room. That’s why you should always have the perfect litter box set up, one in which the rabbit’s urine is soaked into the litter, thus leaving your bunny’s feet pee free.
Instead of buying litter at a pet shop, I use old newspapers. I line each litter tray with one entire newspaper, then top it off with a thick layer of hay. The newspaper completely soaks up the pee, the hay captures the poop, and any clean hay that isn’t pooped or peed on my rabbits always eat.
Apple Cider Vinegar – You can also add apple cider vinegar to your bunny’s drinking water, as it acts as an odor reducer. Just put in around a tablespoon for every gallon of water your rabbits drink, and you’ll notice a difference in their urine smell within days.
I use it, my rabbits love the new taste of their water, and a vet told me it’s also good for their digestion.
Waste Odor Reducer – There’s a product on the market in America that some of my fellow rabbit owners swear by. Called GoodBye Odor it’s a product you add to your rabbit’s water to lessen the smell of its urine. It works on poop as well. It apparently takes about a week to start working as it takes a while to work through your bunny’s digestive system but, when it does, the difference in smell can be astounding.
I don’t use it as I don’t believe in adding anything to my rabbits’ diet that isn’t completely natural, and it is quite expensive, You may feel differently, however, so it may work wonders for you.
Stopping your rabbit’s pee from smelling bad is often just a case of keeping up with an easy cleaning schedule. Do remember, however, a neutered rabbit’s pee smells far less than one that isn’t neutered, and neutering is also good for your bun’s longevity, so consider having that done in the long-term.