Why does my bunny chew my wooden furniture and how do I stop it?
If you live with a bunny that likes to chew things you will know just how much damage can be done to the soft wooded edges of your furniture if left unchecked. Starting with rounding the corners off chair or table legs or chewing at the side of a coffee table and dressers, in time this can build up and you can find your home looking very tatty.
Bunnies have a varied diet which includes many things we would normal consider inedible. Unfortunately, many of the materials the furniture in your home is made of is on the menu. These items can receive quite a munching as your bunny goes about it's daily business of wearing down their teeth and looking for some interesting non-digestible fiber to supplement their diet.
In this guide are some simple bunny proofing techniques to stop your bunny chewing your furniture that experienced bunny moms have found that really work including, what can be used to cover and protect furniture from damage like protecting table legs with some old toilet roll tubes, fitting plastic corner guards and using taste deterrents.
We also cover what discipline techniques can be used and how to enrich your home with acceptable alternatives that will keep your bunny out of trouble.
If you want to avoid any of these problems, then take a look at the following guides for the insider's guide to keeping your furniture looking neat.
Toys that are ideal for keeping bunnys that chew furniture occupied
When your bunny is roaming your home, they like to explore things typically by chewing them at least once. They may even see some of the soft wooden furniture as food. In which case over time substantial damage can build up. You can't stop this natural behavior so it's important to provide lots of acceptable alternatives to eat and play with to keep them away from furniture where damage can be done.
Keep a regular supply of chew toys like willow balls, grassy mats and other soft woody toys to tempt your bunny away from things you don't want them to chew. Remember to replace these frequently as they will lose their novelty and appeal.
You don't need to spend any money, just leave some old toilet roll tubes out any your bunny will enjoy munching and tossing these about.
One of the reasons your bunny may be chewing things is because it's natural for them to maintain their habit in this way. You can satisfy this urge by giving them a cardboard box to play with. It will offer some shelter in the room which they will like and they can chew away at it customizing it to their needs rather than your furniture.
How to gently tell your bunny off for chewing your furniture without causing stress
When you catch your bunny having a casual chew on your furniture it's important to be able to let them know you don't want them to do it. Using the right amount of gentle discipline can help guide your bunny towards behavior you want like munching n a chew toy. Use this guide to make sure you are prepared and in control.
Only use discipline when you catch your bunny in the act or any telling off will be wasted. If it's a second afterwards they won't associate the punishment with what they are doing, and it will be wasted.
Never shout at, scare, or hit your bunny as this sort of overreaction won't discourage them and in the long run can make them timid, antisocial or even aggressive towards you.
When you want to tell your bunny off say their name firmly then a No! Then if they keep going back to it take them away from the situation and lead them to something that will distract them.
A stronger deterrent can be to keep a water mister to hand and when you catch your bunny in the act spray a mist of cold water over them. Never squirt or spray water directly at them.
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Only tell your bunny of when you catch them chewing your furniture or they won't understand why you are being mean to them
Even if you bunny is being naughty and chews your furniture, never hit or shove your bunny away as they can be hurt very easily
Never shout at or scare your bunny to get them to stop chewing something they shouldn't. Causing them stress can make them antisocial towards you
Always provide lots of hay and chew toys to give them something else to eat other than your furniture
Need more help? Why not ask the Bunny proofing group!
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