Easy improvements you can make so you and your house rabbit can share your home without stress points and frustrating behaviour.
The most successful way for you and you bunnies to get along is firstly to realise how much of being a bunny isn’t about looking sweet and jumping onto your lap. It is in fact more about gnawing and digging. If you want your bunny to be friendly and approachable and come to you for attention, the best possible way to achieve this is to encourage them by providing a save environment for this behaviour and a constant supply of new, interesting and safe alternatives such cardboard boxes, chew toys and baskets of paper.
Always decide what areas of your home you want to make safe and what areas are out of bounds, shut or block off access to these areas. This is a responsible thing to do and is as much about protecting your bunnies from the dangers in your home as protecting your home from them. They will have an impact on the areas of your home you share, so for your own peace of mind and their safety, separate these areas out from the start.
In the areas the bunnies are allowed supervised time in, make sure anything you don’t want damaged is moved out the way, get in the habit of always being tidy and never leaving thing out unless you want to become a target of unwanted destructive behaviour. Consider the maxim everything in its place and a place for everything and make sure these places are out of reach.
Rabbits stop what they are doing for treats The next step is then to tackle the unwanted damage to the things in the areas that you share. The way to do this is when ever you notice damage to an area place an something next to it that provides an alternative that offers them much the same type of behaviour, if a door frame starts to get rounded off then place some chew toys around it. If bunny is trying to dig up the carpet put an old phone book in a box over this area. Remember to constantly replace these with new alternatives as they can become boring quickly.
In the end experience will teach you to keep one ear to the ground for the tell tale noises of something being worked on, best of all keep a jar of treats such as sunflower seeds and the moment your hear the tell tale sound don’t jump up shouting instead give the jar a shake and you will soon get them to forget about what they are doing in a way that you both get something out of.
Rabbits like to explore the edges of your room
Rabbits like to stay under a bit of cover and tend to skirt around the edges of a room. Its important to check all these spaces to make sure they are safe. Dangers like exposed electrical cables need to be tide away or blocked off with some carefully positioned furniture or ornaments. Rabbits tend to like to sit under furniture which can have unfinished materials that can harm your rabbit for instance if it gets inside your sofa. Its best to fill these spaces in with some wooden blocks.
What surfaces are best for house rabbits
The surfaces you rabbit live on can have a big effect on your house rabbit’s behaviour. Hard floor such as tiles are easy for keeping clean but can prove tricky for bunnies that slip on them. This can make your rabbit less willing to explore and play especially if its older. If you have hard floors throw down some mats or buy some off cuts of wool carpet that can placed around your home that it can play on.
Where to put your rabbits litter tray
Finding a place to put the litter tray is also important. Bunnies can be very fussy about this because as prey animals it has inherent dangers. It’s best to let them decide which place is best for them and once they are trained to use a litter tray you can allow for this by place a few of them about your house in places you can live with, typically in the corner of a room and see which one they choose to use then remove the rest.