How to stop your bunny chewing your baseboards
The soft wooden edges of your baseboards can be irresistible to a bored bunny and it only takes a few nibbles for noticeable damage to be done. Over time a bunny on a mission can do a lot of damage, costing a lost deposit or expensive repairs. Bunnies spend a lot of time foraging around the edge of a room so it can be impossible to guard them all the time which is why bunny proofing is the only way to keep them safe and your home looking neat. If you bunny is a bit of a chewer then here are some of the common bunny proofing fixes other bunny moms use to stop chewing damage.
How an old tile or cardboard boxes can be used to quickly stop your bunny chewing baseboards
Problems spots where your bunny has chewing your baseboards can pop up anywhere especially around door frames or areas where you bunny likes to sit along the edge of the room. As soon as you notice a spot developing its best to try and stop it as quickly as you can.
An easy way to add some temporary protection is to prop up a few ceramic tiles against the areas your bunny has taken an interest in. Tiles are great as they are heavy enough to stay in place and can be easily packed away when not needed.
Willow bridges, a cheap toy found in pet stores can be another useful way of protecting baseboards. They are heavy enough so can be rested up against a wall without danger of your bunny moving them and can be bent into a corner shape to follow the edge of a baseboards around a corner.
A cardboard box can be another great way to protect a trouble spot. Make sure it's weighed down by placing something heavy in the box to stop it being moved around as bunnies can be surprisingly strong when they have a mind to get a something they want to chew.
Permanent ways of protecting your baseboards from bunny chewing
If you want to make sure your baseboards will not be chewed it's best to try and protect them permanently with something chew proof.
An ideal way to do this is to install some corner guards. These strips of L shaped plastic can be found in most home stored and can be easily cut to length using a craft knife and attached with some sticky pads. They come in a wood color, white and clear so you will be able to match it with your baseboards.
Another way people go about stopping their baseboard being chewed is to build a small fence around the outside of the room with some section of office storage cubes. These foot square grids come in packs of 12 and can be easily tied together in a long series with the small cable ties that get supplied with them. This fence can then the set out a short distance from the edge of the room leaving just enough gap to make the baseboards unreachable.
How to protect wooden steps from your bunny chewing them
Damage from your bunny chewing wooden steps or the edges of wooden banisters can also be a common problem. Fortunately, there are lots home improvement solution that can be repurposed as bunny proofing that are designed to stop this type of wear and tear. Most home stores stock a range of corner protectors for steps that are cheap and can be fitted without needing extensive DIY skills or tools. These range from anti slip mats that lip over the edge to aluminum edging that can be fitted as a permanent solution.
How best to applying bitter sprays where you bunny chews your baseboards
Bitter sprays can be a helpful if you are battling to stop your bunny chewing your baseboards but don't expect this to stop the problem in itself as you may find your bunny more than prepared to put up with a bad taste. As always, a combination of bunny proofing which this can be a part of will prove most effective.
To help avoid the stray saturating wallpaper or carpet it can be best to spray some into a cloth then wipe the liquid on. Remember to keep reapplying the bitter spray regularly so it doesn't lose its effectiveness.
Avoid homemade remedies such that may be suggested to you such as perfume or chilly oil or soap as these can be harmful to your bunny and instead use a product designed for bunnies. We would also avoid remedies such as double-sided sticky tape that could get stuck in your bunnies fur or cause problems if eaten.
Bunny proof check list
- Temporarily protect baseboards from being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile up against them
- Protect the edges from being chewed with tough plastic corner guards you can get from a home improvement store
- Wooden steps can be protected with anti slip mats that lip over the edge to aluminum edging strips
- Applying bitter sprays can make the taste a lot less appealing
Did you know
Rabbits teeth grow throughout their lives
Rabbits love to chew on soft wood as it helps wear down and sharpen their teeth, which constantly grow throughout their lives. They also chew soft wooden materials as a source of dietary fibre which makes up most of their diet.
Baseboards are not only made of soft wood with easy to nibble corners they also lie at just the right height for your rabbit to take an easy interesting them so unfortunately, they often end up on the menu.