The normal environment at home can change during the Easter holidays with the putting up of decorations and it’s likely you rabbit will want to explore these new things, probably by nibbling them. Unfortunately most Easter decorations aren’t made with house rabbits in mind, so it’s important to add a little bit of bunny proofing to them.
Many of the foods that we associate with Easter can also be harmful if you rabbit eats them, special attention needs to be given to snacks left out by guests that are in reach. Sweets and chocolate that may be discarded by children could easily be stolen by your rabbit.
Guests uninitiated to house rabbits may also arrive and is important to give them clear guidance as to how to share your home with your bunny, especially young children.
In this article we provide lots of ideas and advice collected from long standing bunny owners. So when Easter comes around you can be well prepared, you and your bunny can enjoy a stress free and safe time with your family. Hopefully you’ll spend less time shooing your rabbit away from decorations.
Extra family in the home
A big changes at Easter can be people visiting your home who may not be used to house rabbits. It may be best to ask guests to take their shoes off as they may not be used to how rabbits tend to get under food and can easily be stepped on. If you have children staying, encourage them not to race around. Also uninitiated guests may not be used to how good rabbits are at chewing things so it’s important to give them somewhere to leave shoes, coats or handbags where they can’t be reached. Be careful to keep an eye on laptop or phone charger leads that may appear.
Safety around kids
It’s also worth re-enforcing to guests that may not be used to rabbits that it’s unlikely that your rabbit will want to play with them or their children. Help them understand rabbits are prey animals, which means they can be timid and skittish in some situations. Rabbits also have fragile bones and can be injured easily if handled improperly. It may be worth keeping your rabbit out of sight. If this is not possible, introduce the rabbit calmly and go through some simple rules at the start.
Simple rules for rabbit safety around kids
- Don’t shout or scream as loud noises can distress rabbits as they have sensitive ears
- Take their shoes off to the risk of stepping on your rabbit
- Only give your rabbit it’s normal food, don’t feed it sweets or chocolate
- Remember rabbits can scratch and bite when stressed so be careful
- Let your rabbit come to you, it may not like being picked up stroked or cuddled
If your rabbit starts taking an interest in your ornaments you will need to move these out of reach. They are often made of materials that can be easily ingested which can cause gastrointestinal problems.
It’s best to move decorations and ornaments out of reach before your rabbit takes an interest in them. Once their curiosity is sparked is likely they will keep returning to an ob-ject no matter how many times you say NO! Many synthetic materials used in decorations can be easily chewed and ingested which can cause gastrointestinal problems. Even some of the more natural looking materials can be harmful as they can be treated with fire re-tardant materials. It’s best to plan ahead and set the decorations out on high shelves to ensure they are out of harm’s way.
Please remember to keep candles out of reach, your rabbit could either burn its whiskers off or worse burn itself if it hops or reaches over an exposed flame. Don’t place candles on anything that can be knocked over or on something that can be tugged at by your rabbit resulting in the candle toppling over. Be mindful of ornaments that you place candles in, as these can also get hot.
Chocolate and sweets
It’s important to keep chocolate out of reach of your rabbit. If your rabbit only eats a small piece then you could be lucky and no harm may come of it. But if your rabbit eats a large amount of chocolate, then this could be quite serious and result in an emergency visit to the vets. Sugary sweets are also no good for rabbits and if left out may cause harm, alongside this if the wrappers are eaten they can cause issues.