How to stop your rabbit chewing with chew stoppers & bitter sprays

Bitter sprays & other spray on taste deterrents can be helpful in the battle to stopping your bunny chewing things. It’s unlikely it will stop this sort of behavior on it’s own, however used wisely alongside other bunny proofing improvements it can help persuade you rabbit to chew on more acceptable alternatives that you provide instead.
Rabbit sticking tongue out

Taste deterrents can help stop your bunny chewing around your home
Bitter sprays can be purchased from most pet stores or on-line and typically come in the form of a pump spray or aerosol containing a liquid that is designed to have an unpleasant taste. The idea is that it can be applied to areas of you home that you don’t want your rabbit to chew.
It is an odourless liquid that typically does not leave a stain and can be applied to most surfaces. It is recommended that it is not used on your rabbit itself.
It is important to use a bitter spray designed specifically for rabbits or small animals such as Grannick Bitter Apple Spray For Small-AnimalsGrannick Bitter Apple Spray for small animals and we would not recommend using home made alternatives you may have heard about such as chilli, clove oil or perfume as although effective can be harmful.
The first thing to do is identify the area where you think your rabbit is going to chew and cover all these areas so that you dont simply move the problem along to another spot. Doing this proactively will also help prevent habit forming from the start. To apply spray simply follow the instruction that come with the product. If you want greater control over what is covered then it can be helpful to spray the liquid on to a cloth first then wipe it on the areas you want.
How best to use bitter spray
The first thing to do is identify the area where you think your rabbit is going to chew and cover all these areas so that you don’t simply move the problem along to another spot. Doing this pro actively will also help prevent habit forming from the start. To apply spray simply follow the instruction that come with the product. If you want greater control over what is covered then it can be helpful to spray the liquid on to a cloth first then wipe it on the areas you want. Never spray it directly on to electrical equipment.

Where to use bitter spray

  • The corners and edges of wooden furnature
  • Wooden table and chair legs
  • Doors, door frames and baseboards
  • The corner of soft furnishings such as sofas and armchairs
  • Curtains and blinds
  • Areas of carpet that are being chewed
Using bitter sprays alongside other bunny proofing works best
Although bitter sprays can help prevent some chewing the natural urge for a rabbit to explore its environment by nibbling a bit here and a bit there can be very hard to stop. It’s always best to do some bunny proofing as well and provide lots of alternative chewing toys alongside areas that may be chewed to keep your rabbit out of trouble.
Carpet can be covered with a cardboard box or a grassy mat and furniture can be protected with some sections of a pet pen. Toilet roll tubes and willow chews will give your bunny a better alternative when they have the urge to munch on something.

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