Why does my bunny chew walls and wallpaper and how do I stop it?
It can be very frustrating if you need to keep jumping up to tell your bunny not to chew your walls and wallpaper. So how do you let them know it's bad without causing stress and ending up with a grumpy bunny. The answer is to use a combination of gentle discipline to set a firm boundary and provide lots of acceptable alternatives to keep them entertained. In this guide we show you the best way to discipline your bunny and have lots of ideas for toys that will keep your bunny busy.
Using gentle discipline to guide you bunny away from walls and wallpaper chewing
Firstly, it's important to understand that you should never be tempted to shout at or hit your bunny. They don't get this sort of punishment and the stress can make them timid, antisocial or even aggressive towards you.
The best way to let your bunny know its now allowed to do something is to say their name with a firm NO! Then move them over to something you don't mind them chewing and reassure them you like what they are doing with some attention or treats.
If this does not work a stronger deterrent can be to keep a water mister to hand and when you catch your bunny chewing or scratching spray a mist of cold water over them. Make sure it's clean and never squirt your bunny as the spray can hurt them if it hits them in the face.
Remember to only do this if you catch your bunny in the act or it will be wasted and, they will not understand why they are being disciplined.
Great chewing alternative to keep your bunny away from your walls and wallpaper
It's quite natural for your bunny to forage for fibrous materials so always make sure you bunny has lots of things to chew on as an alternative. Make sure your bunny has a constant supply of tasty treats such as, willow balls and wooden chew toys.
There are many chew toys that can be bought from pet stores such as, willow sticks, wicker balls and grass mats that your bunny will love. Remember to replace these frequently so they don't lose their novelty and appeal.
You don't have to spend any money, your bunny will be just as happy with a cardboard box or some toilet roll tubes. You can make these even more fun by stuffing them with some hay.
If your bunny loves shredding paper, then you can contain this behavior and have a lot of fun by building a digging box. It's just a larger cardboard box filled with suitable martial like paper and card. This will help your bunny to excessive its need to dig and shred without damaging your home and keep the mess contained inside the box.
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