Is your kitchen safe for your bunny?
It's best not to let your bunny play in your kitchen if you can as they can get in all sorts of trouble, however this is not always possible so if you do let your bun roam in your kitchen then there are some areas of danger to consider where bunny proofing should be applied to prevent harm and stop damage from chewing.
Many of the crawl spaces that lead to the back of appliances can contain sharp unfinished surfaces, are hot enough to burn your bunny or lead to electrical wires that can be very dangerous if chewed and it's important to find a way of blocking these off.
Bunnies love to chew the soft wooden edges of cupboards, tables and chairs which can causing quite a lot of damage and if they get inside the cupboard, they can cause quite a lot of mess. Cupboards can often be storage space for chemical cleaners which can cause harm if they come into contact with your bunnies skin or worse their mouth.
bunnies can also find the slippery surfaces in a kitchen hard to negotiate and there are not many safe places for them to hide without getting underfoot. It's way to easy to forget your bunnies there when you come in with some hot food which could lead to a nasty accident for you and your bunny.
It's essential to bunny proof you kitchen in this guide we explain some of the ways experienced bunny owners have gone about doing this. Find out how to block of crawl spaces that lead behind appliances or under furniture. Learn how to easily secure cupboard doors with some simple child catches. We also have lots of tips on how to stop your bunny chewing wooden furniture and show you what safe and acceptable alternatives can be used to enrich the rest of your home and keep you bunny out of trouble.
How to make sure your kitchen floor is safe for your bunny
Bunnies are always on the forage for things to eat, That's why it's important to make sure you keep the floor in the kitchen clear of anything that you don't want your bunny to eat. Take a look at the following guidance and make sure your bunny doesn't make a meal of anything they shouldn't.
Kitchens and utility spaces are often a place for kicking off shoes, drop school bags and putting the shopping down when you come in however to your bunny these are all new things to explore and by explore we mean have a bit of a chew on. It's no good hoping it isn't going to happen the best thing to do is as they say find a place for everything and keep everything in it's place. It's well worth investing in some simple storage solutions for shoes that can keep them out of reach. Make sure you have enough coat pegs to hang cloths and bags on so, they don't end up on the floor.
Sometimes things get discarded on the floor that you may not thing about, but these things can be very dangerous. When you let you bunny into the kitchen take a look about first and clear everything off the floor that may cause harm if eaten. such as elastic or rubber bands, hair bands, plastic bags, batteries, recycling such as cans, any fragments of glass or broken ceramics and plant and flower cuttings.
Make sure any food storage is not left out on the floor, not only will it make a mess if your bunny gets in there not everything a bunny will try and eat is good for it especially Chocolate, Avocados, Things containing Fruit Pips and Seeds. Rhubarb, Allium Vegetables, Iceberg Lettuce, Potato Leaves and Sugary processed foods.
Make sure food waste and other rubbish is contained in bins that your bunny cannot get into or knock over.
How to block spaces between kitchen appliances to your bunny
Bunnies are quite comfortable exploring tight spaces and will typically poke their noses in them over and over again. Unfortunately the crawl spaces between your kitchen cupboards and appliances, or under dressing tables can lead them to exposed electrical cables, hot or sharp metal edges or unfinished surfaces with nails and staples. Always make sure access to crawl spaces down the sides of appliances are blocked off by following these helpful bunny proofing tips.
An easy way to block the spaces between appliances is by filling the space by stacking up some blocks of wood or placing some bricks in the gap. If you are confident with DIY skills then it can help if you build something that will cover the gap by screwing some of the blocks of wood together.
Spaces under dressing tables and other furniture should also be closed off as it will save any issues that may occur from your bunny playing and chewing things under their or popping out when unexpected and causing a you to trip. An easy way to do this is to use the space for storage by tucking in some storage boxes there. This can also so help by giving you more places to store some of the things you don't want your bunny to get to.
How to bunny proof your kitchen table and chairs
Bunnies prefer to keep out of harm's way and tend to seek out shelter. If you have a tables and chairs in your kitchen then your bunny is likely to want to spend time playing or resting under them which will typically end up meaning some damage will be done as you bunny will be tempted to chew on the soft wood.
The first thing that you can do to help stop this is to give your bunny somewhere more fun to play like a tunnel or tent toy with some more appetising alternative to chew on like willow sticks or grassy chew toys.
You don't have to spend any money either as a cardboard box will not only be a fun place for your bunny to play, they will love chewing on the cardboard and stripping layers of the corrugated layers.
If your bunny does find chewing your table and chairs irritable you may need to protect them and the easiest way to do this is to slip something over the legs to act as a shield. There are many things you can use including cardboard tubes, kitchen roll tubes or even stretchy materials that can be pulled over chair legs to make it less appealing to chew on.
How to stop your bunny breaking into your fridge or cupboards
If your house bunny has access to your kitchen cupboards or fridge then you are going to have to be careful they don't break into them which can be a battle especially if they know food in stored inside them.
Make sure your cupboards and fridge door are always kept shut. This is something you and any other family members are going to have to get in the habit of.
If you want to be properly safe then it's best to fit one of the many child locks you can get, they are cheap and easy to fit and will take all the worry out of possible break-ins.
How to stop your bunny chewing your kitchen floor surfaces
Bunnies are strong diggers adept at burrowing through tough materials and can easily pull up, shred, and chew soft vinyl or carpeted flooring. This damage can happen rapidly and before you know it you can be forced to put a tatty looking patch over the area or have the expense of replacing the whole flooring.
Bunnies also have a habit of chewing soft material which can not only cause a lot of damage it can also be harmful if digested as a lot of the synthetic materials can be toxic and the long strings of indigestible materials can get stuck in you bunnies tummy. If you do notice your bunny taking an interest in the floor it's best to stop this immediately before it becomes a habit. For more information see out article on how to stop your bunny chewing carped and flooring.
Using bitter sprays to stop your bunny chewing your kitchen
Bitter sprays can help make the corners of wooden cabinets, carpet and the legs of tables and chairs a lot less appealing to chew on however they are not a single solution and need to be used alongside other bunny proofing.
Apply the spray directly to the area where the damage is being caused and any other areas that look like likely targets. If you are worried about spraying it about you can spray it onto a cloth first, then wipe it on directly.
Remember to keep reapplying the bitter spray regularly so it doesn't lose it's effectiveness.
Avoid home-made remedies that may be suggested to you such as perfume or chilly oil or soap as these can be harmful to your bunny, instead choose a recognized brand designed specifically for bunnies. We would also avoid remedies such as double-sided sticky tape that could get stuck in your bunnies fur or cause problems if eaten.
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