Christmas can be a scary time for pets, especially rabbits. Just as the frosty months close in and your rabbit wants to spend a more time inside the normal routines in your home suddenly change with the putting up of decoration, uninitiated guests arriving and the family spending more time at home.
This change in environment can affect your rabbits behaviour, often in a negatively was, which in turn can lead to stress for you. If you want to avoid any problems then we recommend a few simple rabbit proofing changes you can make to remove most of these problems so you and your bunny can enjoy a stress free Christmas together.
Fairy lights on the tree and anywhere in your home can be extremely danger to your unsuspecting rabbit. The soft insulation of power cords don’t offer any protection and if chewed on can cause electric shocks and burns in the mouth. It is important to keep exposure of cords to a minimum by trailing them out of reach or leading them to a plug that is behind furniture. If you can’t hide the power cords it is possible to cover them with something tough like some plastic pipe. This can be split along its length and slipped over the cable. Find out more about Cat proofing electrical cords
Christmas holiday ornaments
If your rabbit starts taking an interest in your Christmas ornaments you will need to move these out of reach. They are often made of materials that can be easily ingested which can cause gastrointestinal problems.
Poisons plants such as Mistletoe and Holly
Often plants brought in to the home as decoration over Christmas can be dangerous to your rabbit, ranging from mild to severe toxicity. Its best to be safe and move these out of reach before you end up with an medical issue which can be hard to get treatment for over Christmas. Make sure falling berry’s and leaves are picked up.
Putting up the Christmas tree
Christmas trees can be a real temptation for you rabbit. Make sure the tree is placed away from any object that can be climbed on to prevent you rabbit reaching over to the tree. Always make sure the tree is firmly secured and can’t be knocked over.
Real fern trees
As well as the risk of knocking the tree over the real trees can also be dangerous to rabbits if digested. Fir tree oils can irritate to the mouth and. The tree needles can also cause digested problems. Make sure the tree water is covered over as this can also dangerous as it may contain fertiliser and even aspirin used to keep the tree looking fresh.
Plastic trees can also be dangerous if eaten due to the toxins released from the artificial material and the possibility of intestinal obstruction from non-digestible materials.