Some rabbits are born chewers and if unstopped can do quite a lot of damage to the soft wooden edges of furniture in your home. Find out how you can bunny proof wooden furniture, tables and chair legs and keep your bunny out of trouble so you can relax without the worry of this naughty behaviour.
Its natural for your rabbit to want to chew wood, find out how to prevent the damage this cause to your furniture
If you live with a house rabbit that likes to chew everything you will know just how much damage can be done to the soft wooded edges of your furniture if left unchecked. Starting with rounding the corners off of chair or table legs or chewing at the side of a coffee table and dressers, in time this can build up and you can find your home looking very tatty.
Rabbits have a varied diet which includes many things we would normal consider inedible. Unfortunately many of the materials the furniture in your home is on the menu. These items can receive quite a munching as your rabbits go about their daily business of wearing down their teeth and looking for some interesting non-digestible fibre to supplement their diet.
You cant stop your house rabbit chewing altogether but you can go a long way to slow down and limit this unwanted attention directed to your furniture. Provided below are some simple bunny proofing techniques that through experience rabbit owners have found to work including what can be used to cover and protect furniture from damage, how to make chewing less appealing by applying bitter sprays, what training and discipline techniques can be used and how to enrich your home with acceptable alternatives that will keep your bunny out of trouble.
Plastic corner protectors.
If your rabbit likes to nibble at the corners of furniture its best to take action quickly to stop this behaviour before it becomes a habit and spreads to other areas in your home. If you are looking for a permanent solution a simple way to protect soft wooden edges is to use a simple commercial product design specificity to stop this sort of damage. You may have seen these L shaped length of tough plastic in public buildings and you can pick them up yourself in most DIY store. They can be easily cut to size and can be attached with some sticky pads or adhesive which some even come with.
Block off spaces under furniture that encourage problems
Rabbits like to play and hide under furniture and will return again and again to places of shelter to explore and rest there. Unfortunately as they test the boundary of their environment they will often have a little nibble here and there which over time can leave its mark.
The best way to stop this casual but often persistent build up of damage is to block off access to these areas completely. This will not only help direct them towards more suitable hideaways and chew toys you provide but can also prevent possible harm to an unsuspecting bunny from the unfinished surfaces that may be unseen underneath such as splinters or exposed nails.
There are a number of ways commonly used to block of access and one of the easiest is to simply fill the space with some plastic storage boxes. This can also be helpful in keeping things you value our of reach.
Bits of cardboard boxes can easily be fashioned into a barrier and will provides a simple and cheap solution. Its best to avoid using boxes that have heavy print and make sure any tape or staples are removed as this could be harmful it eaten. If you need to join sheets together this can be done safely by using string to tie them together rather then tape.
If you want a more discreet and permanent solution and don”t mind a little DIY then the best option is to build a simple frame under the furniture that will block access from all sides.
Choosing the right furniture can make a big difference
If you are replacing some of your furniture is well worth choosing something that”s resistant to bunny damage. Modern furniture constructed out of materials such as glass and metal will largely be ignored by you bunny and will not be damaged by the off nibble. Wooden furniture with rounded edges is also good for avoiding damage as it will prove hard for your house rabbit to get its relatively small bite around.
Ways to cover exposed wooden corners and legs
There are lots of inventive ways to keep your bunny from chewing your furniture many of which re-purpose bunny toys or common things found around the your home and with a bit of careful arrangement you may find much of the problem spots can be covered.
A useful item that can be purchased from pet stores are Willow bridges, also called fiddle sticks. They are a make from a series of willow sticks help together with wire that can be bent into a variety of shapes. This toy can be rested up against the sides of furniture or bent into an elbow shape to cover the corner of coffee tables dressers or shelves. It can also be bend all the way around a table leg.
If you are looking for a way to help preserve table legs then any type of cardboard tube can be used to slop over the legs and this will add a layer of protection.
Another useful tool is to keep some spare ceramic tiles handy and rest these up against edged that are getting unwanted attention.
Another solution can be to fence of the area with a few sections on pet pen . Other method can be to re purpose the sections of an office shelving or storage solution such as NIC office cubes. These small square sections of wire grid can be lashed together with some cable ties, string or bull dog clips and made into low fence that can screen of an area.
Applying bitter sprays to furniture
Bitter sprays or taste deterrents can help make wooden furniture chair or table legs 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 instead choose a product designed for rabbits such as the Grannick Bitter Apple Spray For Small-AnimalsGrannick Bitter Apple Spray for small animals
and never use the spray on your rabbit as a punishment.