How to rabbit proof your home & stop your rabbit chewing electrical wires & power cables
It is important for your house rabbits health and happiness that you share lots of time together. For most people this involves relaxing in a room that also contains electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and games consoles which can be dangerous if not deadly for a rabbit if left exposed. Unfortunately you can’t train your house rabbit not to chew on power cables, wires, and other dangerous electrical equipment. Unlike other domesticated pets you can train, rabbits are still quite wild in comparison. They don’t learn instructions easily and it only takes a moment of distraction for a tragic and avoidable accident to occur or damage that could lead to expensive repairs.
Bunny proofing check list
- Never allow access to unprotected power cords.
- Always move your remote controls out of reach.
The soft plastic insulation around a power cord offers no protection from a house rabbits sharp teeth and serious even fatal harm can be caused if the wires inside are exposed. The crawl spaces around the back of your TV or stereo center can be especially dangerous for a curious house rabbit.
One of the most important rabbit proofing jobs you should do is to make the electrical cables safe for your house rabbit. You may need to move some of your furniture around to cleverly hide power leads or invest in some plastic tubing to wrap around exposed cables. The crawl spaces around the back of your TV or stereo need to be blocked off to prevent harm. By following some simple bunny proofing measures it is possible for you to relax and allow your house rabbit can roam freely without having to unplug everything first.
Bunny proofing Safety tips
- Never allow your house rabbit access to unprotected power cords.
- Don’t place heavy objects on top of speakers that could fall and hurt your house rabbit.
- Block off access to the space behind your TV that can contain exposed power cables.
Use cable tidies to protect leads from your house rabbit
It can be tricky to protect low voltage electrical cables such as games consoles or mobile phone rechargers from damage caused by your house rabbit chewing them and still leave them flexible enough to use. Cable tidies, the spirally tubes of plastic you slip a number of leads into are ideal to guard against the wanted attention of a house rabbits but still leave enough movement for everyday use. Wrap the cable tidies around the all the exposed areas of phone leads, mouse cords and other low voltage cables your don’t want your house rabbits to chew.
Hide electrical cables in plastic wall conduit to be safe
You can’t take any chances with your house rabbit, they will chew your power cables which can be fatal. A permanent solution needs to be installed for you and your rabbits safety. Plastic conduit mounted on the wall is an ideal way of permanently protecting electrical cables and preventing the danger of electrocution to your house rabbit from chewing your power leads. Install plastic conduit wherever the power cable is exposed to permanently hide it from your house rabbit. Lead the cables up the wall to keep them out of reach from chewing.
Split length tubing can protect a cable from house rabbit chewing
Sometimes it is hard to avoid areas where power cables need to stretch across a space leaving them exposed which can be dangerous, even fatal if your house rabbit chews through them. Split length tubing can be used to permanently protect power leads and the hard plastic is adequately to stop the most tenacious chewing activities of your house rabbit. Cut the tubing to the correct length then slip the tubing over the lead making sure none of it is exposed. You can secure the end with some duct tape in case your house rabbit tugs at it.
Providing safe and acceptable alternatives
Your rabbit will always want to try out new things to nibble and chew, this instinctive behaviour can be hard to stop. You can however help prevent some of the damage by providing some safe and acceptable alternatives such as willow sticks and wooden chew toys. Remember to replace them regularly to keep your rabbit interested.
Move furniture in front of plugs to keep your house rabbit safe
It can be useful to have access to the plugs and cables in your home but this also means you house rabbit can get to them and chew the power cables which can be very dangerous. By re-arranging the furniture in your room to limit the amount of exposed power cables you can improve safety. For example, move furniture with electrical items on them in front of the plug and push it tight up against the wall to hide the leads making sure they can’t be accessed from the floor.
Hide cables behind furniture to stop your house rabbit chewing on them
In an ideal world you wouldn’t have any power leads visible in your home, when you consider how dangerous this is for a house rabbit you see why hiding them is more of a necessity. The only way to stop your house rabbit chewing on power cables is to hide them and a convenient way to do this is by using your furniture as a natural shield and protection from damage. Trail power cables that cross your room behind book shelves, cabinets and other furniture to prevent your house rabbit from chewing on them and electrocuting themselves.
Stop your house rabbit going behind your TV or stereo center
House rabbits love to explore and you are going to find it very testing keeping them out of areas like the hub of power cords and extensions behind you TV or stereo. These be extremely dangerous. It is often be simpler to block access to the whole area to ensure it is safe for your house rabbit rather than try and cover the individual cables. Perspex sheeting or a couple of sections of a pet pen can be used to cut off access and prevent your house rabbit roaming where exposed power cables could be chewed and damaged. Remember to enrich your rabbits environment with lots of tunneling alternatives to keep them out of trouble.
Put your TV and other electrical appliances in a house rabbit proof cabinet
You probably have a load of electrical appliances such as TV decoders, games consoles, Blue ray players that you don’t want your house rabbit to get near for safety reasons and to prevent damage. The simplest way of removing these electrical devices is to house them all in a cabinet that will shuts them off completely. Cabinets with glass doors are great as you can still use the remote. Avoid doors with complex mechanisms that your house rabbit could get trapped in and hurt.
Rabbits have a formidable set of teeth that they use to chew roots and shoots that grow into their burrows or paths. The soft plastic of an electrical cable offers little resistance compared to the tough fibrous roots and shoots they are used to and can be sliced through in seconds.
Place electrical appliances on a shelf out of reach of your house rabbit
Anything you are interested in is also going to be interest to your house rabbit. When It comes to electrical equipment this can be dangerous and lead to expensive repairs. The best way to leave access to your electrical devices and still prevent your house rabbit getting to them is simple. You can stack up the home entertainment units you have off the floor on a shelf or on top of a cabinet then this is an easy way to keep them out of harms reach. You then also have the advantage of only having to protect the single lead of a multiple adapter up to the equipment.
Hide your remote controls from your house rabbit or they will be chewed
One tell tale sign that a house rabbit lives in a home are the little chew marks you find as they try out materials with their teeth and the buttons on remote controls seem irresistible. It only takes a moment for your back to be turned and the next thing you know, you have a pile of neatly shaved on buttons making changing channel more of a memory game. Find a permanent place to leave you remote that’s out of reach and get in the habit of putting it there when you not directly using it.
Make sure your house rabbit is safe around your speakers
Anything at you rabbits level could be damaged by shard teeth and strong claws and speakers can often lay directly in the path of such destruction. The soft martial speakers are made of can be irreparably damaged and the expensive cables can be sliced through in seconds. Place your speakers on a solid set of stands and protect the cables with some cable tidies. Make sure you don’t place things on top of them that could fall if they are nudged. If you can’t put them on stands then you can screen them of with some section of pet pen which wont effect the Sound quality.