Top 10 rabbit safety care tips

One of the most important parts of caring for your rabbit is making sure your home is safe. This can involve protecting electrical cables, blocking off dangerous areas of your home like under your sofa or behind your TV. Don’t take any chances, follow these top 10 tips and help make sure your rabbit does not come to harm.
Wall conduit
Tidy up the wires in your home with wall conduit
Top 3 Our verdict Overall rating
No.1

Electrical cables and wires

Power cord hidden from rabbit using split length tubing Never leave electrical cables and wires exposed as they are extremely dangerous.
4.5/5
No.2

Garden safe & stopping your Rabbit Escaping

Buried wire fence Check for escape routes and protect against cats and foxes
4/5
No.3

House plants

Rabbit knocked over house plant Never leave electrical cables and wires exposed as they are extremely dangerous.
3.5/5

Electrical cables and wires1

4.5/5
Power cord hidden from rabbit using split length tubing

Rabbits seem to have an irrepressible urge to chew on power cords. This is a serious problem as their sharp teeth can cut through the soft insulation in moments leading to a serious risk of electric shock. All power cables should he hidden out of reach, behind furniture or protected in some way, for instance with some tough plastic tubing. Make sure you block off access to the space behind your TV or inside any cabinets that contain electrical equipment.

Our verdict

Never leave electrical cables and wires exposed as they are extremely dangerous.

Danger

5/5

Easy to fix

2.5/5

Likelihood of problem

5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Garden safe & stopping your Rabbit Escaping2

4/5
Buried wire fence

There is always a risk from cats and foxes if your rabbit can roam freely in your garden, it’s best to supervise them when they are out playing or provide them with a large enclosure. If they are free to roam make sure it has plenty of safe places to hide. You will also need to keep a constant check on the perimeter to make sure all the gaps in hedges and under gates are blocked off too prevent your rabbit straying into danger such a busy roads. Rabbits are keen diggers so you may want to bury some fencing to stop them tunneling their way out.

Our verdict

Check for escape routes and protect against cats and foxes

Danger

4.5/5

Easy to fix

2.5/5

Likelihood of problem

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

House plants3

3.5/5
Rabbit knocked over house plant

It’s best if your rabbit doesn’t have any access to your house plants as its likely they will try and eat them which could be harmful, some plants may even be poisonous. Trays used for watering can also contain fertilizers and other chemical pesticides that can be harmful if you rabbit drinks them. Make sure that leaves can’t fall into areas where your rabbit plays.

Our verdict

Never leave electrical cables and wires exposed as they are extremely dangerous.

Danger

4/5

Easy to fix

4/5

Likelihood of problem

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Sofa safety4

3/5
Rabbit burrowing into sofa

The sofa can be a surprising dangerous place for an unsuspecting rabbit. Firstly putting hot food or sharp objects on your sofa should be avoided as rabbits will often jump up without looking. Cushions can also be a problem if they are stacked up as this can cause your rabbit to loose it’s footing and fall. You should also block of access to the underside of wooden framed sofas that may have unfinished materials like nails and staples, house rabbits can even crawl inside and get stuck which is not only dangerous but may leave you having to take you sofa apart to free your rabbit.

Our verdict

Never leave hot food or sharp object out and block access to the uderside

Danger

2/5

Ease to resolve problem

2/5

Likelihood of problem

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Bathroom safety5

2.5/5
Shower tidy

Always make sure your you get in the habit of closing the lid on your toilet seat in case your house rabbit tries to jump in. Always move cleaning chemicals to an area which your rabbit does not have access to, either out of reach or inside a cabinet with a closing mechanism. Don’t leave soaps and shampoos out by the side of a shower cubical, they can cause surfaces to be come slippery which could lead to an accident if your rabit losses its footing.

Our verdict

Keep cleaning chemicals out of reach and always leave the toilet lid down.

Danger

2.5/5

Easy to fix

4.5/5

Likelihood of problem

3.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Curtains and Blinds6

1.5/5
Rabbit damaged blinds

There can be two problems with curtains and blinds. The synthetic materials can cause harm if digested and loose loops of cord can be dangerous if your rabbit becomes entangled in them. Consider taking your curtains up if they become a target for unwanted chewing behaviour and fix some hooks on a wall to hook up cords that dangle down.

Our verdict

Make sure loops that can cause entanglement are out of reach

Danger

1.5/5

Easy to fix

3/5

Likelihood of problem

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Kitchen safety7

1.5/5
Cupboard safety lock

Block of crawl spaces that lead behind electrical appliances as these hidden spaces often have sharp metal edges and exposed electrical cables. Never leave cleaning chemicals out and make sure you house rabbits cannot get inside kitchen cupboards which may contain food or cleaning chemicals.

Our verdict

Move chemicals out of reach and block access behind appliances.

Danger

1.5/5

Easy to fix

3/5

Likelihood of problem

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Doors8

1.5/5
Pet gate

It can be dangerous to your rabbit if you open the door on them as their paws can become trapped underneath. It can also be a problem for you if they come running out and you trip over them. Avoid this by installing a pet gate on doorways to rooms you need frequent access to, keeping your rabbit on the other side.

Our verdict

Use a pet gate to stop paws getting trapped

Danger

1/5

Easy to fix

1/5

Likelihood of problem

2.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Carpet9

1.5/5
Rabbit chewed carpet

It can be harmful if your rabbit picks up a habit of chewing your carpet or vinyl flooring, which if it starts can be difficult to stop. Synthetic stringy materials can be indigestible which can cause problems if eaten, also the materials they are made from can cause sickness if ingested. Don’t under estimate what your rabbit will choose to eat and protect flooring areas where damage starts.

Our verdict

Synthetic materials can cause digestive problems and sickness if eaten

Danger

1/5

Easy to fix

1/5

Likelihood of problem

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Wooden furniture10

1.5/5
storage under bed

You may think that it’s not a problem for your rabbit to roam around your furniture, however your rabbit sees the world from a different place to you. Your rabbit is likely to want to play or hide under your furniture where there can be unfinished surfaces and even nails poking out. Block off crawl spaces behind and under wooden cabinets with some storage containers or wooden blocks.

Our verdict

Block access to the underside of furniture where nails can be exposed.

Danger

1/5

Easy to fix

2.5/5

Likelihood of problem

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

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