Is your bathroom safe for your bunny?
It's best to keep your bunny out of your bathroom as it's not a very suitable space for them to play in as they can get under foot and chew the floor surfaces, mats or cabinets causing unsightly damage.
There are also lots of potential dangers in the bathroom. Bunnies will often leap without looking where they land and can hurt themselves if they end up in your toilet bowl or struggling to get out of a shower tray or bath. Many of the cleaning products can also be dangerous if they come into contact with your bunnies skin or worst their mouth.
The best way of preventing problems in the bathroom is simply to keep the door shut however it only takes a moment for your bunny to nip in, do some damage and come to harm so we recommend following these simple bunny proofing measures.
Follow the steps in this guide and learning how to block of crawl spaces like behind free standing sinks, secure cupboard doors with child catches and find out what safe and acceptable alternatives you can get for you bunny to keep them out of trouble.
A note on bunnies and keeping the toilet lid down
If your bunny jumps into your toilet which unfortunately can happen it can be very distressing, and your bunny can come to serious harm as it panics to free itself. The combination of water, chemicals and slippery surfaces can in some cases be deadly. Always make sure you keep the lid shut and if you have other family members that are forgetful make sure they follow this advice also.
What you should keep out of reach to make your bathroom is bunny safe
It's an important part of bunny proofing your bathroom to make sure you have a good look about and clear out everything that your bunny can reach before you bunny finds them. Follow this checklist and see how you can make your bathroom a safer place for your bunny to roam in.
Bunnies tend to like to explore sheltered spaces, in their natural environment it's essential for them to seek shelter from danger. Unfortunately, these out of the way places can also be where we tend to tuck things away we don't want to leave out in the bathrooms. Make sure all cleaning chemicals are stored out of reach. Remove anything that is tucked away behind a sink or toilet or down the side of bath or shower in a cupboard that can't be accessed.
Place all medicines in a cabinet out of reach and be careful not to drop anything on the floor that could be harmful. A lot of chemicals can cause irritation to your bunnies skin and may be ingested as they try and clean them of themselves.
If there are some cupboards that your bunny can reach that you can't be sure be kept shut for instance by other family members you may want to install child safety catches to stop them being interfered with. These latches and self-closing mechanisms are cheap and easy to fit without DIY skills and could avoid what could be a nasty accident.
Bunnies are always on the forage for things to eat, it's important to make sure you keep the floor in the bathroom clear of anything that you don't want chewed such as cloths or shoes and that there is nothing laying around that may cause harm if eaten such as elastic or rubber bands, hair clips or other things such as ear buds and discarded tissues or cosmetic removal sponges. Remember to move all paper roles or packs of wipes or tissues out of reach.
If you have a bin on the floor, make sure it has a lit that can be closed to stop your bunny nosing about in there.
Things to avoid dropping on the floor of your bathroom
- Elastic or rubber bands or hair clips
- Ear buds, make up removal pads, discarded tissues or cosmetic removal sponges
- Fragments of class or ceramics that may have broken on the floor
How to bunny proof your bath or shower
There can be a lot of danger for an unsuspecting bunny around a bath or shower if you don't take some precautions. The combination of sharp objects, chemicals and slippery surfaces can lead your bunny into harm. We recommend you take the following steps avoid these dangers.
Find a place to store soaps, lotions and shampoos out of reach. These chemicals can cause irritation to your bunnies skin if it comes into contact with them and they may end up digesting them as they try and clean themselves. There are lots of great storage solutions that you can use to keep these out of the way that hang from shower rails or stick on to tiles, they don't need any DIY skills to install and will make things easier for you to get too as well.
Never leave sharp object like razors, files, or scissors on the side of the bath or shower. Find somewhere to keep them away and out of reach.
The combination of smoother slippery surfaces, water and soaps can be very dangerous. Make sure you always shut the doors to a shower cubical and remove anything that may let you bunny jump into the bath indirectly such as a laundry box or shelves.
Need more help? Why not ask the Bunny proofing group!
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