Mats and rugs
A simple option can be to buy a mat or rug to lay on the floor. They are hard wearing and best of all can be washed if they start looking stained. If you rabbit likes to chew things then try and find one that’s made from a natural material, avoiding mats with rubberized backing as these can cause problems if digested.
A cheap option to cover a larger space can be to use some carpet. Most carpet stores will have some cheap off-cuts you can pick up at a discount price. Make sure you find one that is pure wool as long strands of synthetic material can cause problems if digested, also try and avoid carpets with synthetic or rubberize backings. DIY stores also offer cheep outdoor carpet solution that can be very hard wearing and they will cut these to size which will avoid waste.
Some bunny owners make use of carpet tiles to cover over areas of the floor, they are tough and can be cleaned however if you rabbit likes to chew then this may cause problems as they are made of synthetic materials like plastics and rubbers which can be harmful if digested. If you just want a few squares of carpet you can ask in your local carpet store to see if they have any display samples they don’t want. They will often give these away or sell them at a token price.
Vinyl flooring can be a cheap option for covering a larger area. It can be easily cut to size, is wipe clean and stain resistant. Again if your rabbit likes to chew then this may cause problems as this synthetic materials may cause harm if your rabbit eats a lot of it.
Puzzle tiles and play mats
Another popular solution to cover the floor where your rabbit likes to play or in a bunny cage or pen is to buy a few packs of children’s puzzle mats. These jigsaw like foam sheets are tough and easy to wipe clean, keep an eye on them to see if its being eaten.
If you want a single floor covering that would be easy to clean then consider using a children’s play mat. These colourful floor covers are tough and stain resistant.
If you want to cover smaller area with something your rabbit will really like then you can use a few grassy mats, the type found in pet stores. These are relatively cheap so you can buy a few of them at a time and your bunny will love sitting on them and eating them. The only down side to these are they can get a bit messy when they start to fall apart. If you don’t mind a bit of mess then scattering a few of these around your bunnies enclosure is a great option.
Remember always provide lots of safe chewing alternatives and digging box toys that will keep this sort of behaviour away from the floor and your bunnies out of trouble.
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