Follow this simple check list and make sure your home its safe for your house rabbit
There are lots of ways in your home that a curious rabbit could come to harm. Bunny proofing is a simple way to ensure the environment you provide your rabbit is danger free. Then you can relax knowing there won’t be any problems that could lead to injury, a costly vet’s bill or worse. Follow the simple advice and make safe all the danger zones in your home.
- Provide a secure and completely safe environment such as a pen when your bunny is unsupervised See Indoor rabbit enclosures
- Never allow you bunny to play in areas you share unsupervised
- Take your shoes off in your home and always be careful where you walk, bunnies can easily get tangled between your feet or trodden underfoot
- Only give your rabbit toys made for rabbits not child toys or other objects. See our Top10 chew toys
- If you give your rabbit cardboard boxes or paper to play make sure its untreated paper remove any tape or staples
- Store anything that you lean against the walls that could fall on your rabbit securely such as bicycles, washing racks, ironing boards, brooms
- Always place domestic appliance such as vacuum cleaners and irons in a cupboard when not in use
- 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. See How to block of crawl spaces
- Always keep batteries out of reach
- Keep objects that can be hot like light bulbs or curling tongs out of reach
- Don’t let your house rabbit eat your carpet. The synthetic materials could harm them if digested.
- Keep you carpet clean and remove plastic bags, rubber bands and falling plant leaves
- If you house rabbit likes climbing on your sofa be careful not to pile up loose cushions that could cause your house rabbit to slip and fall.
- Don’t place hot food or sharp objects on you sofa as house rabbit will often jump up without looking.
- Block of access to the underside of wooden framed sofas that may have unfinished materials like nails, house rabbits can even crawl inside. See How to block of crawl spaces
- Don’t leave a space behind your sofa in case it slides back and squashes your house rabbit.
- Chairs with reclining mechanisms and rocking chairs should be avoided as they can be very dangerous for house rabbits as they could become trapped and hurt.
- Install a pet gate on the doors to rooms you need easy or frequent access to but don’t want your rabbit getting in
- Be careful opening doors to a room with a rabbit in as their feet can get caught underneath when they are eager to get out
- Block of crawl spaces behind and under wooden cabinets as they may contain sharp unfinished surfaces and nails. See How to block of crawl spaces
- Don’t place heavy object near the edges on the surfaces of furniture that could get knocked off, land on and hurt your rabbit.
- Ensure items such as lit candles are kept well out of reach
- Never leave sharp objects in reach reach. Find a place to out of reach to secure them in
- Make sure the cords of electrical appliances are out of reach as they can be chewed breaking them causing electric shock
- Never leave the toilet seat up as rabbit can jump in and harm themselves in the chemicals or trying to escape
- Never leave cleaning chemicals in reach. Find a place to out of reach to store them in
- Don’t make it easy for you rabbit to climb into you bath via shelves or wash baskets as they can hurt themselves trying to escape
- Make sure your rabbit cannot climb up and over your wall or fence
- If you house rabbit can roam freely in your garden or yard make sure it has plenty of safe places to hide from predictors like a hutch
- Block of gaps in hedges and under gates or fences to prevent your house rabbit straying into danger such as busy roads
- Don’t leave things resting on walls such as rakes or bikes that can get knocked over and fall on your rabbit
- If you are using electrical devices such as weed strimmers or lawn mowers always secure you rabbit in a safe place to prevent them coming to harm
- Don’t use barbed wire or razor wire in your garden or yard and check for exposed nails in the fencing
- If you have a water feature make sure you rabbit cant fall in and not get out
- Never leave anything out that can be harmful such as cigaret butts, slug pellets or other poisons or insecticides
- Check falling leaves can’t land in areas they you rabbit can roam in
- Many house plants are poisons to rabbits make sure the are out of reach and check to make sure your rabbit cant climb and stretch to get to them
- Don’t place plant pots or flower vases near the edge of furniture tops in case its knocked or pulled off and falls on your rabbit
- Don’t let your rabbit drink the water from watering trays which can contain fertilizers
- 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
- Don’t let your house rabbit eat your curtains. The synthetic or fire treated materials could harm them if digested
- Make sure loops of cords or material are tied up out of reach or you rabbit could get caught in them and get hurt