Rabbit proofing check list

Use our Bunny proofing checklist to see what essential improvements you can make to ensure you home is safe and free from the damage that can be caused by your house rabbit.

General

Safety issues

  • 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

Hallways and utility spaces

  • Find a place to keep your shoes, handbags and jackets, phones away from your rabbit

General

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Prevent items of post falling on to the floor from the letter box

Electrical equipment, wires and cords

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Cover exposed power cords with plastic tubing
  • Hide plug sockets behind furniture to limit cables trailing across the room
  • Trail cables behind or over the top of furniture to keep it out of reach
  • Block off access to the space behind your TV
  • Cover your speaker cables in plastic tubing
  • Never place heavy object on your speakers
  • Never leave electrical appliances like phones, laptops where then can be reached
  • Ensure light bulbs cannot be touched
  • Always move your remote controls out of reach
  • Always provide chewing alternatives such as wooden chew toys. See our Top10 chew toys

Find out more about rabbit proofing electrical cables

Carpet and floor surfaces

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Use a rug to protect area where you rabbit chews or stains your carpet
  • Keep a spare tile handy to hold down and protect edges of carpet that get tugged up
  • If you rabbit likes digging up your carpet provide a digging box as an alternative
  • If you rabbit pees on the sofa make sure you remove any smell or it’s likely to happen again. See How to stop you rabbit peeing page
  • Apply a chew stopper to make area that are chewed less attractive. See our Using chew stopper sprays
  • Always provide chewing alternatives such as wooden chew toys. See our Top10 chew toys

Find out more about rabbit proofing your carpet

Sofas

Safety issues

  • 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.

General bunny proofing

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

Find out more about rabbit proofing your sofa

Doors and skirting boards

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Keep some spare ceramic tile handy to cover areas of skirting board where chewing occurs
  • Cover corners of door frames and skirting with some plastic protectors
  • Fit a kick plate to doors to stop unsightly damage from chewing
  • Apply a chew stopper to make area that are chewed less attractive. See our Using chew stopper sprays
  • Always provide chewing alternatives such as wooden chew toys. See our Top10 chew toys

Find out how to rabbit proof your doors, frames and skirting boards

Wooden furniture

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

Find out how to rabbit proof your wooden furniture

Bathroom

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Make sure cupboard doors cannot be opened, consider fitting a simple child latch
  • Never leave clothes, magazines or books or toilet rolls on the floor, find suitable places to store them out of reach
  • Never leave beauty products in places which are accessible to your rabbit. Find a place to out of reach to secure them in
  • Keep the bathroom doors shut. It’s not a suitable place for a rabbit which can get under foot

Find out more about rabbit proofing your bathroom…

Garden

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • If you rabbit likes digging up the soil place some stones or a tile on the surface and make a digging box as a safe and acceptable alternative
  • If you rabbit is in a run move it around to let the grass regenerate
  • Always provide safe and acceptable chewing alternatives such as wooden chew toys. See our Top10 chew toys

Find out more about rabbit proofing your garden or yard…

House plants

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

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

Find out more about rabbit proofing your house plants

Kitchen

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Make sure you house rabbits cannot get inside kitchen cupboards with a closing mechanism

Find out more about rabbit proofing your kitchen

Curtains blinds

Safety issues

  • 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

General bunny proofing

  • Consider taking up floor length curtains or blinds.
  • If you rabbit likes to go behind you curtains leave a gap at the ends or your rabbit will chew them if they are in the way.
  • Apply a chew stopper to make area that are chewed less attractive. See our Using chew stopper sprays
  • Always provide chewing alternatives such as wooden chew toys. See our Top10 chew toys

Find out more about rabbit proofing your curtains

Suggest a check point

If you have any more check points you think are vital please let us know so we can add them to our list.