Top 8 best bunny proofing hacks
If you want to check you have done all the essential bunny proofing, see our list of the Top 8 bunny proofing hack to find out how you could be making your life easier.
1) Split length tubing
One of the most important bunny proofing jobs you can do is to protect the electrical wires that trail around your home from chewing damage. It only takes a moment for razor sharp teeth to cut through the soft plastic and your bunny could come to serious harm. A cheap and simple way you to protect wires is by slipping them inside a tough plastic piping. Pipe can be purchased from most home improvement stores.
To install it first cut the tubing to the correct length then cut the tubing along its length. Next simply slip the wire inside via the split. You don’t even need to take the plug off.
2) Back yard escapes
If you give your bunny access to your garden or yard, then you need to bunny proof the perimeter to keep your bunny safe and secure. Check all the way around the edges and secure any areas where your bunny could escape. Rabbis are good at digging so you may need to bury some wooden board or a line of bricks below the fence to prevent escapes.
Bury wire fencing into the ground a few feet to stop it being undermined.
3) Stop chewing damage to carpet with an old tile
If you catch your bunny tugging up your carpet, then it's worth employing some simple bunny proofing protection to help stop this before serious damage is done. This unwanted behavior can be quickly put off by resting some ceramic tiles over these areas. This will hold the carped down and you bunny will find it hard to move it out the way.
4) Build a digging box for your bunny
Bunnies love to dig and forage for treats so by making a digging box you can let them play and keep them out of trouble at the same time. You will need a cardboard box big enough to contain the mess but low enough for your bunny to jump in to. Next fill it with shredded paper, old toilet roll tubes and anything else they may like.
Good things to put on a digging box
- Shredded paper
- Pine cones
5) Storage boxes are idea for blocking spaces under furniture
Bunnies love to explore narrow spaces and it’s surprising how small a gap they can squeeze through. It’s important to block of access to these crawl spaces behind or under furniture where dangerous unfinished materials like nails and staples that could hurt your bunny. A simple way to do this is by placing some storage boxes under furniture, this can also help keep things you don’t want chewed out of reach.
6) Pet gates make life a lot easier
Pet gates are a great way of restricting access to a room without leaving your bunny feeling shut out. They can also take the brunt of the damage if your bunny chews this area and are a lot cheaper to replace then the door itself. If it is a room you enter frequently they can also be a useful safety feature preventing instances of you unknowingly opening a door onto your bunny which can cause harm.
7) Re-purpose pet toys as bunny protection
Bunnies like to chew on soft wooded material. They chew it to wear down their Teeth and can even choose to eat wood as a source of roughage. It can be impossible to keep your bunny away from wooden furniture, but you can limit the damage. If you find the corner of furniture being nibbled deploy some extra protection by using a willow bridge toy to cover the corner or bend them around table legs to keep them safe.
8) Make a fence with section of petpen
If you want to be sure your bunny is not going to get to a valuable piece of furniture or an area with lots of power cords it can be easier to fence of the area off with a few sections on pet pen. These sections of wire grid can be lashed together with some cable ties or string and made into a fence that can screen off a whole area.
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