Kitchens can be dangerous places for rabbits that can crawl behind appliances or come in to contact with poisonous chemicals and come to some serious harm. Find out how to make your Kitchen safe with our bunny proofing check list and discover lots of great tips on how to secure cupboard doors, stop your rabbit chewing tables and chairs and block access to dangerous crawl spaces.
Kitchens can be a dangerous place for a rabbit
Its best not to let your rabbit 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 rabbit or lead to electrical wires that can be very dangerous if chewed and its important to find a way of blocking these off.
Rabbits 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 rabbit skin or worse 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 explain some of the ways experienced bunny owners have done 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 rabbit chewing wooden furniture and show you what safe and acceptable alternatives can be used to enrich the rest of your home and keep you rabbit out of trouble.
Make sure the floor is clean and tidy
Rabbits are always on the forage for things to eat, its important to make sure you keep the floor in the kitchen clear of anything that you don’t want chewed such as cloths, bags or shoes and that there is nothing laying around that may cause harm if eaten such as elastic or rubber bands, plastic bags or food stored in containers. Take a look about and clear everything off the floor that you can as it will be chewed.
Crawl spaces between cupboards and appliances
Moving through thick undergrowth and in burrows is one of the things rabbits do in the wild to keep safe and they are comfortable crawling into tight spaces. Unfortunately the crawl spaces between your kitchen cupboards and appliances, or under dressing tables can be very tempting to explore which 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 appliances are blocked off. This can be done with a few spare blocks of wood that can be placed near the back so as not to show.
Spaces under dressing tables and other furniture should also be closed off. To find out more about this follow the guide on the page listed below.
Tables and chairs
Rabbits prefer to keeping out of harm’s way and tend to seek out shelter. If you have a tables and chairs in your kitchen then your rabbit is likely to want to spend time playing or resting under there and this attention can unfortunately lead to some damage from chewing on the soft wood. If this is a problem then the first thing that can be done is to enrich safe areas in your home where your rabbit can play with some simple and hopefully more appetising alternative such as willow sticks or wooden chew toys.
If your rabbit 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 inners or even 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 they know food in stored inside them. 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.
Chewing and digging 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. Make sure you get a product designed for rabbits such as the Grannick Bitter Apple Spray For Small-AnimalsGrannick Bitter Apple Spray for small animals
and avoid home made remedies 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.