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    Thank you everyone for the replies! I've already tried to write a reply once but couldn't finish it in time lol!

    With regards to the rabbits room, I'm just not sure how to keep it tidier. They have a litter tray which they use quite well, but they still pee over the edge especially against the wall, so the carpet there got ruined and we pulled a section up. We tried to put a section of lino down but they tried to eat it! So then we just had the floorboards which of course are now ruined.

    The rest of the room is still carpet but there's hay everywhere. Maybe I don't hoover enough? It's not easy to sweep hay off a carpet so it has to be the hoover which juts stresses them out

    I don't think we will ever consider putting them outside though, it would be too much work and money, and such a massive change for them I don't know how they'd cope.

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    I find it helps to have a blanket under the litter tray and in the area around the tray, then I can lift the edge up and the majority of the hay and poops line up along the edge of the box (if that makes sense) and then it's easier to hoover. Or I used to have a big flat tray from the bottom of a dog crate which would then protect the flooring. Or maybe a deeper tray? I used to use under bed storage boxes and they couldn't pee over the edge. I use a Manor Pet Housing hay rack tray now which Mackers very kindly gave me and they occasionally wee over the edge as it's a shorter tray but as it's always on a blanket I can just change the blanket as they don't do it that often.

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    I put one of Doughnut's litter trays on tiles so if she pees over the edge it sits on a puddle on there and not on the wooden flooring. I've also got clear Perspex stuck to my walls so she doesn't nibble some areas but you could always use that and put the litter tray on top.

    I just think don't do anything hasty but just try to make small changes. Maybe sit with them for 30 minutes to see if you reconnect and start feeling differently.

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    I resent our rabbits sometimes, like today for instance, so you're not on your own. I had great plans for today but they've been completely scuppered because Thumper's not very well. Okay, she didn't choose nor want to become unwell and for selfish reasons it's annoyed me because we've had to stay at home now instead of me being able to take my children out to town and have an ice cream by the sea, potter around, the kids wanted to hand some CVs out to get a Saturday job each, but we can't. There are times when I look forward to the day we are pet-less. Not that I would wish them any harm, but when that day comes naturally, it'll be a relief.

    So you're not on your own for thinking like it, it is natural I think. We can't give up our rabbits and wouldn't because Thumper gets ill quite regularly and I'd hate to think that a new owner wouldn't look after her the same, so she's ours until she passes. And in fact even though she gets ill so often, I'm glad she's ours because I know that we do look after her and get her medical attention so quickly - I fear that someone else wouldn't and that if someone else had bought her 6 years ago, she could very well be dead by now.

    So do what I do when you feel a momentary dislike/resentment towards your bunnies; take a deep breath, make a cup of tea, and give them a fuss while you drink it and watch them for a bit. They are quite cute little creatures really with their own characters and funny ways and when they're in the mood for a fuss they are endearingly sweet, and before you know it you will have reconnected and those negative thoughts will have gone. For that moment anyway.

    And there are lots of people on here who are around to help get your spirits back up and give advice when you are feeling low, so never feel alone or bottle things up; we're here to help x

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudgiebun View Post
    Thank you everyone for the replies! I've already tried to write a reply once but couldn't finish it in time lol!

    With regards to the rabbits room, I'm just not sure how to keep it tidier. They have a litter tray which they use quite well, but they still pee over the edge especially against the wall, so the carpet there got ruined and we pulled a section up. We tried to put a section of lino down but they tried to eat it! So then we just had the floorboards which of course are now ruined.

    The rest of the room is still carpet but there's hay everywhere. Maybe I don't hoover enough? It's not easy to sweep hay off a carpet so it has to be the hoover which juts stresses them out

    I don't think we will ever consider putting them outside though, it would be too much work and money, and such a massive change for them I don't know how they'd cope.
    Sorry I've been missing this thread.

    Lots of hugs for you!

    With my Bunny room I hoover it twice a week. I sweep maybe twice a week if bad.
    They have a 32l underbed storage box with hay rack which prevents them going over the edge. Maybe that's something that may help?
    You could stand the tray onto a cheap carpet tile, just sand down the damaged wood if that'll salvage it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie B View Post
    There are times when I look forward to the day we are pet-less. Not that I would wish them any harm, but when that day comes naturally, it'll be a relief
    Oh god, I feel this too sometimes and I feel HORRIBLE about it

    Daphne, sounds like you hoover a lot more than I do! We leave their room for weeks without being hoovered so it ends up a right mess of hay strewn across the room. I struggle with motivation for housework in general so hoovering the rabbits just feel like an extra chore I really can't be bothered with. But I am well aware that the more frequently you do housework the easier it is!! I am my own worst enemy!

    Someone suggested a nice high litterbox, I think this is what we need to do to stop further damage to the flooring. We have this at the moment, but it's obviously not doing the job: http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pe...ay-starter-kit
    It's too low because both bunnies can easily lift their butts over the edge when it's filled with bedding and hay.

    So I think I need to get something taller, like the underbed storage idea.

    Maybe if I can make the room cleaner and nicer I'll be more inclined to be in there and see them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudgiebun View Post
    Oh god, I feel this too sometimes and I feel HORRIBLE about it

    Daphne, sounds like you hoover a lot more than I do! We leave their room for weeks without being hoovered so it ends up a right mess of hay strewn across the room. I struggle with motivation for housework in general so hoovering the rabbits just feel like an extra chore I really can't be bothered with. But I am well aware that the more frequently you do housework the easier it is!! I am my own worst enemy!

    Someone suggested a nice high litterbox, I think this is what we need to do to stop further damage to the flooring. We have this at the moment, but it's obviously not doing the job: http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pe...ay-starter-kit
    It's too low because both bunnies can easily lift their butts over the edge when it's filled with bedding and hay.

    So I think I need to get something taller, like the underbed storage idea.

    Maybe if I can make the room cleaner and nicer I'll be more inclined to be in there and see them...

    Yes 10cm for that litterbox isn't very high.

    Mine have a minimum of 19cm and also 23 cm ... Nothing escapes

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudgiebun View Post
    Oh god, I feel this too sometimes and I feel HORRIBLE about it

    Daphne, sounds like you hoover a lot more than I do! We leave their room for weeks without being hoovered so it ends up a right mess of hay strewn across the room. I struggle with motivation for housework in general so hoovering the rabbits just feel like an extra chore I really can't be bothered with. But I am well aware that the more frequently you do housework the easier it is!! I am my own worst enemy!

    Someone suggested a nice high litterbox, I think this is what we need to do to stop further damage to the flooring. We have this at the moment, but it's obviously not doing the job: http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pe...ay-starter-kit
    It's too low because both bunnies can easily lift their butts over the edge when it's filled with bedding and hay.

    So I think I need to get something taller, like the underbed storage idea.

    Maybe if I can make the room cleaner and nicer I'll be more inclined to be in there and see them...
    I find when the bunny room is a mess I don't want to be in there. We now have a desk in there to work at so OH helps a little bit more with the cleaning but not massive amounts.

    You can get the underbed box from about 1 and up so worth a try.

    This is what my girls have from Manor Pet Housing.





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