How to stop your bunny chewing your carpet
If your bunny is chewing and tugging up your carpet here's how to put a stop to this with some effective bunny proofing. In this guide we show you the various ways other bunny moms use to stop this damage from quick and easy measures you can put down over problem spots to more permanent ways of protecting your carpet as well as the best ways to use taste deterrents.
How to protect areas where your bunny chews your carpet
If there is an area of carpet your bunny seems to keep picking on, then a lot of people have found a simple way to stop the damage continuing any further this to laying a spare ceramic over the spot. The weight will also help stop the carpet being tugged up which can cause a lot of damage if your bunny gets their teeth it. Tiles are good as they are cheap, don't get in the way and can be easily packed away when not needed.
Another easy way to stop your bunny chewing carpet can simply be to place a cardboard box over the top. This will effectively stop your bunny getting to the carpet and hopefully give it something more fun to do that is an acceptable alternative to both of you.
Whats are the bests ways of covering your carpet over to stop your bunny chewing it
If you want to be sure to stop your bunny chewing your carpet its best to cover it over completely. This can be especially useful if you have a room or night-time pen where your bunny spends a lot of time unsupervised. There are a number of ways that bunny owners have found to do this.
Things to cover your carpet with
- Children’s play mats
- Carpet roll ends
An obvious way to cover your carpet and protect it is to lay down some rugs or mats. Choose a rug made from a natural material such as wool or cotton in case it gets chewed as synthetic material can cause digestive problems if eaten. It is often best to weigh down the corners to stop the rug being pulled up and the carpet uncovered.
Some bunny owners who want something to totally protect their carpet from chewing and damage from spillages and peeing accidents have found that children's play mats make an attractive, waterproof covering. They are easily wiped cleaned however if you do notice a lot of chewing you may want to try something else.
If you want to cover a larger area and want to keep the cost low, you could always see if your local carpet store has any cheap roll ends. Make sure you choose a pure wool carpet that does not have a rubber backing as this can be harmful if eaten.
Using bitter sprays to stop your bunny chewing your carpet
Bitter sprays can be used to make chewing your carpet a little less appealing for your bunny. Unfortunately, in most cases people find that they are not a single solution and they work best alongside other bunny proofing. If your bunny does develop a persistent habit of chewing your carpet, then here's how to use it.
Apply the spray directly to the area where the damage is being caused and any other areas that look like likely targets.
Remember to keep re-applying the bitter spray regularly so it does not lose its effectiveness.
Avoid home-made remedies that may be suggested to you such as perfume or chilly oil or soap as these can be harmful to your bunny, instead choose a recognized brand designed specifically 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.
Did you know
Rabbits are natural born diggers, here's why
Rabbits are very good diggers and construct elaborate systems of burrows with multiple entrances where they sleep that can go several feet underground. They are adept at tunneling through hard soil and chewing through tough roots that stand in their way.
Unfortunately, it can be almost impossible to discourage this instinctive behaviour in your home and your bunny is likely to always be trying to dig at, chew through or lift up your carpet as its only natural for them to do so.
Bunny proof check list
Cover areas of damaged carpet with a spare ceramic tile or cardboard box to protect it
Use rugs, carpet roll ends or play mats to permanently protect areas of carpet from damage
Bitter sprays can help make areas of carpet that are being chewed less appealing
Need more help? Why not ask the Bunny proofing group!
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