If you are introducing a rabbit into your home then there is some essential bunny proofing you should do to prevent harm coming to your rabbit, from poisons plants and electrical cables as well as avoid the damage from chewing on wood and digging up carpet that can lead to expensive repairs. Use our list of the Top10 bunny proofing ideas below to see what you could do to improve you and your bunnys environment.
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Use split length tubing to hide electrical wires
|A quick and effective way to hide exposed cables.|
How to stop back yard escapes
|Regularly check the perimeter and block of any new gaps by burring the fance.|
How to stop your base boards being chewed
|Protect baseboards by resting some tiles against them or by using plastic corner protectors.|
Use split length tubing to hide electrical wires1
One of the most important bunny proofing jobs you can do is to protect the electrical wires that trail around your home from chewing damage. It only takes a moment for razor sharp teeth to cut through the soft plastic and your rabbit could come to serious harm. A cheap and simple way you to protect wires is by slipping them inside a tough plastic piping. Pipe can be purchased from most DIY stores and flexible or ribbed tubing can be used as it is tough but can still be bent around corners. To install it first cut the tubing to the correct length then cut the tubing along its length. Next simply slip the wire inside via the split, You don’t even need to take the plug off.
A quick and effective way to hide exposed cables.
How to stop back yard escapes2
If you give your rabbit access to your garden or yard then there are some important rabbit proofing steps you should take to keep your rabbit safe and secure. The first thing you need to do is check the perimeter and secure any areas where your rabbit could escape. block off any gaps along or under fencing. Rabbis are good at digging so its worth burying some wooden board if you notice burrowing activities and digging them actualy into the ground.
Regularly check the perimeter and block of any new gaps by burring the fance.
How to stop your base boards being chewed3
The soft wooden corners of doors and skirting boards can easily be chewed through by sharp Teeth so its best to protect them before expensive repairs are needed. A solution can be to lay some ceramic tiles up against areas that are frequently visited. For a more permanent solution you can attach some tough plastic corners that can be purchased from a day store.
Protect baseboards by resting some tiles against them or by using plastic corner protectors.
Stop chewing damage to carpet4
If you catch your rabbit tugging up your carpet then its worth employing some simple bunny proofing protection to help stop this before serious damage is done. This unwanted behaviour can be quickly put off by resting some ceramic tiles over these areas. This will hold the carped down and you rabbit will find it hard to move it out the way. Always provide lots of attractive and acceptable alternatives such as a digging box to keep your rabbit out of trouble.
Cover problem areas with a rugs or weigh areas down with some loose tiles.
House plant safety5
Many house plants can be poisonous to rabbits, not only are the leaves toxic, water in the tray can contain fertilizers that could be harmful if you rabbit drinks it. Always move plans to areas where they cannot be accessed however one other often overlooked thing to do is check to make sure sure falling leafs will be out of reach as well.
Move plants and falling leaves out of reach as they can be poisonous to rabbits.
Build a digging box 6
Bunnys love to dig and forage for treats so by making a digging box you can let them play and keep them out of trouble as the same time. You will need a cardboard box big enough to contain the mess but low enough for your rabbit to jump in to. Next fill it with shredded paper, old toilet roll tubes and anything else they may like.
The best way to keep your rabbit out of trouble is to give them a good distraction.
Crawl spaces can contain hidden dangers7
Rabbits love to explore narrow spaces and it’s surprising how small a gap they can squeeze through. It’s important to block of access to these crawl spaces behind or under furniture where dangerous unfinished materials like nails and staples that could hurt your rabbit. A simple way to do this is by placing some storage boxes under furniture, this can also help keep things you don’t want chewed out of reach. If you or someone you know is handy at you may want to consider building a wooden frame you could slide under a sideboard.
Block off crawl spaces that can contain nails staples and other unfinished surfaces.
Use a baby gate to restrict access to a room8
Pet gates are a great way of restricting access to a room without leaving your house rabbit feeling shut out. They can also take the brunt of the damage if your rabbit chews this area and are a lot cheaper to replace then the door itself. If it is a room you enter frequently they can also be a useful safety feature preventing instances of you unknowingly opening a door onto your house rabbit which can cause harm.
Using a baby gate means you can come and go without the worry
Rabbits like to chew on soft wooded material. They chew it to wear down their Teeth and can even choose to eat wood as a source of roughage. It can be impossible to keep your rabbit away from wooden furniture, but you can limit the damage. If you find the corner of furniture being nibbled deploy some extra protection by using a willow bridge toy to cover the corner or bend them around table legs to keep them safe.
Make sure your sofa is safe for your rabbit to play on and under.
One of the biggest danger in your home can come from your rabbit finding a way into the space inside your sofa. It can contain many sharp materials and you will wreck you sofa trying to get your bunny out. Its vital to block off this unsafe space by filling in the gap. This can be done by simply put some things under there like storage boxes to prevent access. If there isn’t enough room then some length of wooden blocks around the edge can be placed under the edges to restrict access.
Make sure your sofa is safe for your rabbit to play on and under.
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