How to stop your bunny eating your house plants

bunny inside plant pot
To your bunny your house plants are food so it's best to take them of the menu

It only takes your back to be turned for a second for one of your house plants to be mowed down or stripped of it's bark by a hunger bunny. No only is this frustrating it can also be harmful as many plants can be toxic. It's also important that your bunny can't get to the watering tray where it may drink from the water as this can be contaminated with plant food or pesticides which are toxic. The soil can also contain materials that could be saturated with chemicals that can be harmful if eaten so you should make this off limits to your bunny as well.

It's unlikely you are going to be able to teach your bunny not to chew your plants, this is why it's essential to bunny proof all your house plants by restricting access to them. In this guide we show you some great ways other bunny moms have found to do this so you can with a few simple changes relax at home knowing your bunny is safe.

Ashes From our facebook group
Soooooo ... We had a brief scare today because Ashes chewed the leaf of an orchid that I laid on the floor while moving more stuff into my new place. The vet suggested filing a claim with the Pet Poison Hotline, which I did, and no issues really. Good info for future emergencies however.
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How to check your plants are fully bunny proofed

The best thing you can do is move all your plants out of harm's way by either placing them on a shelf or piece of furniture that cannot be reached by your bunny.

Make sure your plant is on something solid so your bunny cannot topple it over and be careful of table clothes that trail down as bunnies have a habit of tugging at things and could pull the plant over itself.

If you water your plants from the base, make sure this cannot be reach as this can also be harmful to your bunny if they try and drink the water as it can be contaminated with plant food.

Falling leaves can also be a potential danger so always ensure that if they were to fall, they would fall into an area that also can't be reached.

Bunnies are great climbers so always check there are no overhanging branches that can be reached and there is no way you bunny can get to the plant indirectly.

If it's a larger plant that's on the floor you can also fence it off with a few sheets taken from a pet pen.

Did you know

Exotic plants can be toxic to bunnies

wild rabbits eating

A wild rabbit is normally quite safe and happy munching on the abundance of plants they are familiar with in their environment.

However, the colorful and exotic plants you may have in your home can often be very poisonous to an unsuspecting bunny. Sadly, your bunny may not recognize a plant is toxic by it's taste.

Bunny proof check list

  • Many house plants are poisons to bunnies, make sure the are out of reach and check to make sure your bunny can't climb and stretch to get to them
  • Don’t place plant pots or flower vases near the edge of furniture tops in case it's knocked over or pulled off as this can hurt your bunny if it fall on them
  • Don’t let your bunny drink the water from watering trays which can contain harmful chemicals like pesticides and fertilizer