How to stop your bunny chewing, digging and damaging your couch
It can be very hard to stop your bunny chewing and trying to burrow into your couch, as soon as you leave the room they seem to make it a mission to find out why you like spending so much time there. Unfortunately this can include nibbling the soft edges off or jumping up on top and try burrowing into the cushions. Don't worry you are not the first person to have this problem and there are lots of quite simple bunny proofing things you can do to stop it.
In this guide we go into detail about these typical types of issues and show you some of the tried and tested bunny proofing methods others use to prevent unsightly damage and avoid costly repairs.
Some simple bunny proofing to keep your couch looking neat
Over time the materials on your couch can start to look tatty due to the extra ware and tier where your bunny sits. The materials can be nibbled or scratched, and the surfaces can be soiled by the odd accident or dirty paws.
An easy way you can provide some protection is by throwing a cover over the top. It's best to choose a natural material as it may itself be chewed and pick material which can be washed easily or replaced cheaply.
If your bunny does favor a spot on the couch it can be best to turn over this area to them and keep the damage contained by putting a towel down on this spot or a pet bed to take the brunt of the damage.
Protecting the edges and legs of your couch from bunny chewing
A good way to protect the edges around the bottom of your couch is to use a Willow bridges toy that you will find in most pet stores. They are made from a series of willow sticks help together with wire that can be bent into a variety of shapes. This toy can be bent into an elbow shape to cover the corner and then rested up against it. It can also be bent all the way around a leg to protect it.
Another way to stop your couch legs being chewed is to shield them by slipping them inside some toilet or kitchen roll tubes. Cut the tubes along the length and wrap them around the legs to add a layer of protection.
Another great way of stopping chewing damage is to build a low fence around your couch which can be done easily with the section of office storage cubes. These foot square wire grids can be linked together and set out around the base of your couch putting it.
Using bitter sprays to protect your couch from bunny chewing
Bitter sprays can help make the areas around the base of your couch less appealing to chew on however it will probably not stop this unwanted behavior entirely and is not something you can use on the seating areas and arms without contaminating yourself so is best used alongside other bunny proofing measures. Remember to keep reapplying the bitter spray regularly so it doesn't lose it's effectiveness. Always use a product designed for specifically bunnies and avoid homemade remedies like perfume, soap or chilly oil as these can be harmful to your bunny.
What's the best type of bunny proof couch?
Lastly if you are considering buying a new couch then making a choice with your bunny in mind can save a lot of the problems for you in the future. Bunnies love to chew soft materials such as cloth and wood so if you can choose a couch designed with metal feet or an exposed metal frames this will be far more resistance to wear and tear from unwanted chewing.
Leather or other solid materials will also be a lot tougher and couches that have removable, washable, and even replaceable covers are ideal. It's best to avoid couches with tassels or skirts that hang down as there will always be a temptation to chew on these.
Did you know
Bunnies can easily leap three feet off the ground
Rabbit are very good at jumping and climbing and can easily leap onto surfaces a least three feet off the ground. They are constantly on the lookout for food and will explore new places to forage in the hope of finding something tasty.
You may find your bunny will want to explore your couch and will happily jump right up on to the back without any fear or idea of how they will get down.
Bunny proof check list
Cover your couch in a throw to help keep it looking neat
Spray on some taste deterrent to make your couch less appealing to chew on
Stop fabric edges being chewing by shielding them with something that will protect them
Stop wooden feet being chewed by covering them in something that will protect them like an toilet roll tube
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