Rabbit proofing check list

Follow our bunny proofing check list to make sure you have done all the important jobs around your home so you can relay without the worry of your rabbit chewing your carpet, baseboards and furniture or coming to harm from chewing wires.
Rabbit playing in a kitchen
Follow the check list and make sure your bunny stays out of trouble

Bunny proofing your home is essential when you live with a house rabbit. Rabbits have very strong urges to chew, dig and explore and even when supervised it only takes your back to be turned for a moment for them to get into trouble. Over time you may find carpet being chewed, baseboards and wooden furniture having the soft wooden edges rounded off or wallpaper shredded which can lead to expensive repairs or loss of a rental deposit. There can be many dangers in you home for an unsuspecting bunny so you also need to ensure they can’t come to harm from chewing electrical cables, getting trapped inside your sofa or eating something they shouldn’t which can leave you with a costly vets bill. Don’t take the chances that you have not covered all the important bunny proofing jobs by following our bunny proofing check list so you can relax with your bunny without roaming freely without the worry.

General

  • Never allow you bunny to play in areas you share unsupervised.
  • Find a place to keep your shoes, handbags and jackets, phones or anything you don’t want chewed out of reach from your rabbit or it will be chewed.

Wires and power cables

  • Arrange you home so plug sockets are hidden behind furniture then trail power cords out of reach to make them inaccessible.
  • Block off access to the space behind your TV station or stereo.
  • Protect exposed power cords behind fencing, in split length tubing or wall conduit.
  • Plug in phones chargers and laptops where then cannot be reached.
  • Always move remote controls out of reach.

Carpet

  • Place a cardboard box over areas that are being damaged or even better make your rabbit a digging box.How to make a digging box
  • Keep a spare tile handy to hold down and protect edges of carpet that get tugged up.
  • Rugs can be used to cover areas where carpets join.

Furniture

  • Block of access under furniture with some storage boxes or a wooden blocks to keep attention away from a piece of furniture.
  • Use sections of pet pens or other fencing to block access to a piece of furniture or area furniture is in.
  • Cover a problem spot with ceramic tiles, cardboard boxes or other wooden bunny toys

Door frames and Baseboards

  • Place a cardboard box in front of areas of baseboard being chewed or even better make your rabbit a digging boxHow to make a digging box
  • Keep a spare ceramic tile handy that can be rested up against door frames or base boards to protect them
  • Re-enforce soft wooden corners with strips of plastic L shaped corner guards from DIY stores

Sofa

  • Don’t leave anything on your sofa that you don’t want chewed like bags, coats, magazines, tablet PC’s phones or remote controls.

Yard and garden

  • Make sure your rabbit cannot climb up on things to get over your wall or fence
  • Make sure it has plenty of safe places to shelter so it feels happy and safe and dose not dig a hole for its own shelter
  • Block of gaps in hedges and under gates or fences
  • Fence of areas of garden with vegetables or flowers with sections of pet pen
  • If you rabbit is in a run, move the run around regularly to let the grass regenerate

Walls and wall paper

  • Keep a cardboard boxes or a ceramic tiles handy to cover an area of wall paper where chewing occurs.
  • Cover the corners of walls with some plastic L shaped guard your can purchase from a DIY store

House plants

  • If you rabbit likes digging up the soil place some decorative stones on the surface
  • If you rabbit likes digging up the soil make a digging box as a safe and acceptable alternative

Bathroom

  • Place child locks on cupboard doors to stop them being left open.
  • Never leave anything on the floor you don’t want chewed such as cloths, shoes or towels.

Curtains and blinds

  • If you rabbit likes to go behind you curtains leave a gap at the ends for your rabbit to pop in and out of or they will get chewed if they are in the way.

Kitchen

  • Place child locks on cupboard doors to stop them being left open.
  • Don’t leave anything out you don’t want chewed such as shoes, cloths, bags or food.

Need more help? Why not ask the Bunny Proofing group!

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