How to stop your bunny chewing walls and wallpaper
Bunnies, especially bored ones are always on the lookout for something fibrous to chew, it helps wear down her teeth when they get too long and supplements their diet with fibre which they need to keep healthy. Unfortunately, in your bunnies eyes wallpaper and even your walls look ideal for this and if they learn to strip off the paper and scrape away the plaster then in no time at all you can be looking at a significant amount of damage.
These natural urges if they start can be hard to stop no matter how many times you tell your bunny off. This is why the only real option is to bunny proof areas of your walls to stop your bunny chewing them.
In this guide we show you the many ways other bunny moms cover, fence off and cover areas where damage occurs so you can follow their example and be able to spend time with your bunny without the constant worry of them wrecking you home when you're not looking.
Simple ideas for covering your walls and wallpaper to stopping your bunny chewing it
A cardboard box is probably the simplest way to block access to an area of a wall. It's best to put something heavy in it to stop it being moved around as bunny can be surprising strong when somethings in their way.
A simple way to provide temporary protection is to keep a few ceramic tiles handy and lay them up against the walls in these areas. These can then be packed away when not needed. Or another great way to cover over an area that won't look as out of place is to use a common toy often called a willow bridge to lean up against the wall. These toys made of a series of willow sticks linked together are heavy enough to not be moved about by a bunny and will give them an alternative to chew on that's hopefully more tastier than another part of the wall that's unprotected.
A very common way to protect large areas of walls and wallpaper in your home if simply to fence them off with section of wire fencing. You can use sections of pet pen fencing or if you want something a bit shorter then sections of office storage cubes ban be used. Some online stores also sell fencing specifically for bunnies so it's worth searching for this online if you can.
Permanently ways other bunny moms have found to stop wall and wallpaper chewing
A permanent and neat looking solution to protecting your walls and wallpaper from your bunnies unwanted chewing and scratching is to mount some sheets of clear acrylic to them. This can work well if you have built a large pen that uses a wall as a part of it's perimeter. This will require some DIY skills but will protect your walls from chewing, scratching and general mess that may spread about.
How to stop your bunny chewing the corner of walls
If your bunny has started to nibble at the paper on the corner of your walls it's best to act quickly to stop this before it spreads across the wall or the plaster gets eaten. To do this it's best to protect your walls with something chew resistant.
Fortunately, a simple way to protect fragile edges is to use a cheap commercial product designed specificity to stop this type of damage. You may have seen these L shaped length of tough plastic in public buildings and you can buy them in most DIY store and fit them yourself.
They come in a variety of lengths however you only need to cover up to your bunnies reach so it's best to cut down to size. This can be done with a craft knife so no need for any DIY tools. They can then be easily attached to the wall with some sticky pads or adhesive.
They also come in a variety of colors so you can match your wall or in clear so can go over patterned wallpaper without standing.
Using bitter sprays to stop wall chewing
Bitter sprays can help make walls and wallpaper a lot less appealing for a bored bunny to chew on. It is not likely to stop chewing damage completely on it's own but will work well with other remedies.
Avoiding homemade remedies such as perfume or chilly oil and instead use a recognized bitter spray like the Grannick Bitter Apple Spray For Small-Animals which is designed for bunnies and remember to keep reapplying the bitter spray regularly so it doesn't lose it's effectiveness. 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 teeth can grow up to 5 inches a year!
It is important for a rabbits health to eat a wide range of fibrous materials.
This is not only good for their digestion but also helps wear down their teeth which can grow up to 5 inches a year.
In fact, their diet should be made up of about 90% hay!
Bunny proof check list
- Temporarily protect wallpaper that's being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile up against it or by placing a cardboard box in front of it
- Build a fence around the edge of your room with some sections of pet pen or office storage cubes to permanently stop wallpaper from being chewed
- If you want to permanently protect you walls you may consider mounting acrylic to the wall
- Protect the corners of walls being chewed with plastic corner guards available from a home improvement stores
- Apply some bitter spray to areas being chewed to act as a deterrent