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There are a number of tempting things for a house rabbit to chew in your home which over time can leave it looking rather tatty. This instinctive need to chew can be very hard to stop which can not only cause unsightly damage but can also be dangerous. The soft plastic insulation around a power cord offers no protection from a rabbits sharp teeth and serious even fatal harm can be caused if the wires inside are exposed. Sharp and poisonous materials can be digested leading to costly vet bills. Some of the most important rabbit proofing tasks you should do are to protect areas in you home that can be chewed. Follow this simple guide and find out how to make some simple changes to allow your rabbit to roam safely and let you relax without constant intervention.
Rabbits are tenacious chewers and have razor sharp teeth that can cut through wires in seconds or chew through soft wooden furniture if left unprotected
How to stop chewing electrical cables
Sometimes it is hard to avoid areas where power cables need to stretch across a room leaving them exposed. There are a number of ways make this safe depending on where they are and how often they are used.
Split length tubing
Plastic piping split down its length so it can be slipped over the cable can be very useful to permanently protect power leads that trail away from a wall. The hard plastic is adequately to stop the most tenacious chewing activities of your house rabbit.
If the cables trail around the edge of your room a permanent solution can be to install plastic conduit. The cables will need to be led up the wall to keep them out of reach.
How to stop chewing wooden furniture
The soft wooden corners of furniture, doors and skirting board can be irresistible to rabbits who will chew and even eat the material. Although not typically harmful it can leave your home looking tatty.There are however a few ways to limit this damage.
If you want to stop the damage from chewing and don't mind making a few permanent changes then attaching some tough l shaped corner protectors can be used as a shield. These can be purchased from most DIY stores in a variety of colours, typically in meter lengths and cut down to size.
How to stop chewing floors and walls
Rabbits are always testing the bounders of their environment which over time can lead to some significant damage to your home. Carpet and floor coverings can be tugged up, wall paper and even walls can chewed. These areas can be hard to protect but there are some easy ways to head off this unwanted behaviour.
Stop chewing walls
If your rabbit picks up the rabbit of chewing walls or other floor surfaces then an easy solution to the problem can be to keep some ceramic tiles handy and lay these up against the wall or over the floor where the damage is occurring.
Stop chewing floors and carpet
If you need to cover areas of flooring that you frequently walk over then why not pick up a few spare bits of carpet you can lay down. Make sure it's make of wool and doesn't have a synthetic backing or underlay as this can be harmful if your rabbit eats it.
House plants can an irresistible target for unwanted chewing behaviour and unlike plants found in a rabbits natural environment many of the more exotic house plants can be harmful even poisonous. Always keep them out of reach and make sure leafs can fall into areas where your rabbit roams.
Never leave things out that your rabbit can chew
It only takes a moment for your back to be turned and for your rabbit to jump on the sofa and chew all the buttons of your remote control or eaten the strap on a hand bag. Never leave anything out that you rabbit can find or it will probably get nibbled and make sure food stuffs that are inappropriate are tidy away.
Applying bitter apple sprays or other taste deterrents
Bitter sprays can help make areas where damage is occurring 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.