Your rabbit may like playing in the kitchen. Find out how you can make it safe and stop the damage caused from chewing or digging.
Its best to restrict access to your kitchen for your rabbit if you can but even if you do it only takes a second for your rabbit to nip in and get in all sorts of trouble. Many of the crawl spaces that lead to the back of appliances may contain sharp unfinished surfaces, hot surfaces or electrical wires.
Rabbits love to chew the soft wooden edges of cupboards 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 rabbit skin or wors their mouth.
Rabbits 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. Its way to easy to forget your rabbits there when you come in with some hot food which could lead to a nasty accident for you and your house rabbit.
Its essential to rabbit proof you Kitchen and on this page we have collected some of the best rabbit proofing tips tricks from experienced bunny owners. Find out how to block of crawl spaces, how to secure cupboard doors with some simple child catches and find out how to provide safe and acceptable alternatives to keep you rabbit out of trouble.
Crawl spaces between cupboards and appliances
Foraging for food is a big part of a bunnies daily activities and they are comfortable crawling into tight spaces. Unfortunately the crawl spaces between your kitchen cupboards and appliances can be very tempting to explore which can lead them to exposed electrical cables or sharp metal edges.
Always make sure access it crawl spaces are blocked off down the sides appliances. This can be done with a few spare blocks of wood between appliances that can be placed near the back so as not to show.
Tables and chairs
Rabbits prefer to keeping out of harm’s way and tend to seek out shelter. If you have a nest of tables and chairs your house rabbit is likely to want to spend time under there and this attention can lead to some damage from chewing on the soft wood. It’s hard to stop but by providing some simple more appetising alternative such as willow sticks or wooden chew toys it can be reduced.
Another way of protecting table and chair legs is to slip something over then to protect them. There are many things you can use including cardboard tubes for table legs or stretchy materials that can be pulled over chair legs to make less appealing to chew on.
If your house rabbit has access to floor level cupboards then they are going to want to explore these spaces especially if foods involved. Make sure the cupboards are always kept shut or have some sort of catch. Make sure any dangerous chemicals or sharp objects are kept out of reach. If you do suspect your house rabbit has hurt itself or eaten something it should don’t hesitate to take them to the vets.
Rabbit love burrowing
Going in and out of their burrow or foraging for food is a big part of a house rabbits day and they are comfortable exploring narrow spaces. Unfortunately the tempting crawl spaces created between your kitchen cupboards and appliances may lead to dangers including electrical cables and sharp unfinished surfaces
Vinyl or carpet flooring
Rabbits 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. This material can also be harmful if digested so if you do notice your rabbit taking an interest in the floor its best to stop this immediately before it becomes a habit. For more information see out article on how to stop your rabbit chewing carped and flooring.
Applying bitter apple sprays or other taste deterrents
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. You can apply the spray directly to the affected area or to help stop the spray going everywhere you can also spray some into a cloth then wipe the liquid on. Remember to keep reapplying the bitter spray regularly so it doesn't loose its effectiveness. Avoid home made remedies such that may be suggested to you such as perfume or chilly oil as these can be harmful to your rabbit and never use the spray on your rabbit as a punishment.
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- Block of access to spaces behind electrical appliances like washing machines. See How to block of crawl spaces
- Block of crawl spaces behind electrical appliances that may have sharp meal edges and electrical cables.
- Don't let your house rabbit eat floor surfaces. The synthetic materials could harm them if digested.
- Keep the floor clean and remove plastic bags, rubber bands and falling food stuffs
- Keep cleaning chemicals out of reach or in a cupboard with a latch
- Don't let your rabbit roam in you kitchen when you are cooking as they can get underfoot and cause an accident
General bunny proofing
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- Make sure you house rabbits cannot get inside kitchen cupboards with a closing mechanism