Why does my bunny pee on me?
It’s expected that your bunny will take some time to adjust to the new environment when you first bring him or her home.
However, despite litter training, you may notice abnormal urination patterns that are often inappropriate, annoying, and if we’re being honest, pretty disgusting.
My two mini rex rabbits often had little accidents, especially when they were young. We also had some trouble with them spraying.
However, nowadays it no longer happens at all. It’s been many years since the last time.
Here are some of the reasons your rabbit might pee or spray on you.
Why Does My Bunny Pee On Me?
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Although it’s normal for bunnies to accidentally urinate on their owners every once in a while, a rabbit that regularly pees on you isn’t acceptable or common behavior.
It’s important that you understand why this is happening so you can resolve the issue correctly.
Here are the possible reasons your bunny is peeing on you:
- Needs training
- Medical problem
- Marking territory
Let’s take a closer look at these reasons your rabbit might pee on you or in other unusual places.
Rabbits are sensitive prey animals by nature, which causes them to scare easily.
This is especially true if they’re not used to socializing with people or other animals.
As a result, one of the main reasons your bunny pees on you when you pick them up can be out of fear.
Yes, your rabbit may be afraid of you, perhaps because you’re yet to earn their trust. This may also be due to rough handling, particularly when taking them out of their bunny hutch.
The rabbit feels scared or concerned, then once they settle in your arms, they pee involuntarily because they don’t know what will happen.
Similar to fear, your bunny may be traumatized by a negative experience they’ve had when being picked up in the past.
So, when you pick them up, they might feel scared of repeating the trauma and pee as a result.
While this shouldn’t stop you from taking them home or keeping them once they’re home, it’s a good idea to find out the history of your rabbit, whatever age they are when you get them.
3. Needs To Be Trained
A simple reason your bunny pees on you might be that they just don’t know it’s wrong.
If your rabbit hasn’t been taught to urinate in a certain spot, they can easily pick up bad habits such as peeing on their guardian.
It didn’t take any work on our behalf to train her, but rabbits are extremely clean animals and prefer going in one spot.
If you give them a comfortable spot to go in, they will make the most of it.
4. A Medical Condition
If your rabbit is peeing on you, they might be feeling unwell.
Inappropriate urination is a common symptom of several health issues including urinary infections, kidney disease, and diabetes.
If the unwanted peeing is coupled with rabbit diarrhea then it’s important to take your pet to the vet asap.
The problem may even be psychological. For example, if your bunny is stressed or frustrated.
5. Marking Territory
Lastly, your bunny peeing on you might be territorial or sexual behavior.
This is called spraying, where rabbits voluntarily urinate on other rabbits, objects, or people to mark as their own.
You can tell if your bunny is spraying by the strong odor of the urine that’s way more pungent than usual peeing.
Additionally, bunnies tend to spray on vertical surfaces, while normal urination is usually directed at the horizontal ground.
One of our male rabbits in particular was extremely bad with spraying.
The wee is red and somehow he managed to get it everywhere, even spraying vertically up the walls.
Thankfully this phase only lasted a number of weeks while he was going through puberty.
How To Stop Unwanted Rabbit Peeing
Now that you have an idea of why your rabbit might be peeing on you, you’re probably wondering how you can prevent it from happening?
Here are a few ways you can resolve the problem, but check out these portable carpet cleaners if you need a way to clean up in the meantime.
If your bunny pees on you because they’re scared when you pick them up, you should try to ease their fear and earn their trust.
Let them know you want to be friends and reward them every time they willingly get close to you.
If your bunny is poorly educated on where to go toilet, your mission is to properly litter train them so they learn to pee in one place.
It shouldn’t take much work – it never has been in my experience – but all rabbits are different.
Some of the products we listed in the table above could help.
Get Them Neutered
If the problem is excessive spraying due to sexual habits, sterilization might be the solution.
As you can see, there are several answers to the question ‘why did my rabbit pee on me?’.
Remember, if you suspect that your rabbit’s behavior is due to an illness, pay your vet a visit to treat the cause before complications arise.
You could also learn more about different rabbit breeds to see if that has some connection to your problem!