Make Easter safe and fun for you and your rabbit
Easter can often be a frightening time for pets, especially rabbits. The normal routines in your home suddenly change with the putting up of decorations, guests uninitiated to house rabbits arriving and the family spending more time at home.
This change in home environment can affect your rabbits behaviour, often in a negative way, which in turn can be stressfull for you. To help avoid these problems in this article we recommend a few simple rabbit proofing changes you can make so you and your bunny can enjoy a stress free Easter together.
Extra family in the home
One of the biggest changes from your rabbits perspective can be people visiting your home who may not be used to rabbits. Rabbits tend to get under food and can easily be stepped on. If you can ask your guest to take their shoes off and tell kids not to race around. Also people may not be used to how good rabbits are at chewing things so its important to tell them not to leave shoes, coats or handbags where they can be reached and to be careful of laptop or phone charger leads.
Kids and rabbits
It also worth re-enforcing to guests that may not be used to rabbits that its unlikely that your rabbit will want to play with their children. Help them understand rabbits are prey animals, which means they can be timid and skittish in some situations. Rabbits also have fragile bones and can be injured easily if handled improperly. It may be worth keeping your rabbit out of sight, if this is not possible, introduce the rabbit calmly and go through some simple rules at the start.
Simple rules for rabbit safety around kids
- Don't shout or scream as loud noises can distress rabbits as they have sensitive ears
- Take your shoes off to avoid harm from stepping on the rabbit
- Only give the rabbit its normal food, don't feed it sweets or chocolate
- Remember rabbit can scratch and bite so be careful
- Let the rabbit come to you, it may not like being picked up stroked or cuddled
Don't give your rabbit Chocolate
If your rabbit eats a small piece of chocolate, then you can be lucky and no harm may come. But if your rabbit eats a large amount of chocolate, then this is a very serious situation which will mean an emergency visit to the vets. If you think your rabbit has eaten some chocolate the signs can be runny stools or diarrhoea, they may sit or lay in an unusual position or in their litter tray. If so give them lost of hay to push things through and water and call the vets.
Remember if you are going to leave decorations out make sure they are out of reach. When you introduce a new decoration into your home its likely your rabbit is going to want to find out about it by chewing or pulling it over. Think about where stuff goes and how it could be reached.
Be careful with decorations that have electrical cables by ensuring the wires are not accessible. Place them out of reach and make sure the wires that lead to the plug cannot be gotten at, Placing a piece of furniture in front of a plug can be a good way of preventing access.
Keep candles out of reach or your rabbit will either burn its whiskers off, burn itself hopping over it or pull the candle over itself. Also be mindful or ornaments that candles go inside as these can also get hot.