Top 10 rabbit safety care tips

Even when supervised it only takes a second distraction for an accident to happen. Don’t take any chances follow our list of safety improvements.
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.
Top 3 Our verdict Overall rating
No.1
Electrical cables and wires
"Never leave electrical cables and wires exposed as they are extremely dangerous."
4.3/5
No.2
House plants
"Move plants out of reach and check for falling leaves."
3.5/5
No.3
Carpet
"Synthetic materials can cause digestive problems and sickness if eaten"
2.8/5

1 Electrical cables and wires

4.3/5

Average price

Rabbits seem to have an irrepressible urge to chew on power cords. Their sharp teeth can cut through the soft insulation in moments leading to significant, even deadly harm. All power cables should he hidden out of reach, behind furniture or protected with some tough plastic tubing. Also make sure you block off access to the space behind your TV or inside any cabinets that contain electrical equipment. There can be lots of exposed power cables and sharp metal corners that could cause harm.

Final verdict

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

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
5/5
Damage
4/5
Likelihood
4/5

2 House plants

3.5/5

Average price

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. Make sure that leaves cant fall into areas where your rabbit can roam. If you don’t know if the plants in the garden are safe then you can screen these off with some sections of pet pen.

Final verdict

"Move plants out of reach and check for falling leaves."

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
5/5
Damage
1.5/5
Likelihood
4/5

3 Carpet

2.8/5

Average price

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.

Final verdict

"Synthetic materials can cause digestive problems and sickness if eaten"

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
0.5/5
Damage
3.5/5
Likelihood
4.5/5

4 Yard or Garden safe & stopping your Rabbit Escaping

2.3/5

Average price

There is always a risk from predation 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 from predators. 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.

Final verdict

"Check for escape routes and protect against cats and foxes"

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
4/5
Damage
0.5/5
Likelihood
2.5/5

5 Sofas and chairs

2.2/5

Average price

The first rule is not to place hot food or sharp objects on your sofa as rabbits will often jump up without looking which can be very dangerous. Too many cushions can also 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. Sofas with rocking or reclining mechanisms are also dangerous as your rabbit can get inside and crushed on the mechanism. Don’t leave a space behind your sofa in case it slides back and crushes your rabbit.

Final verdict

"Never leave hot food or sharp object out and block access underneath"

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
2.5/5
Damage
1.5/5
Likelihood
2.5/5

6 Doors

1.7/5

Average price

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.

Final verdict

"Use a pet gate to stop paws getting trapped"

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
1.5/5
Damage
0.5/5
Likelihood
3/5

7 Bathroom safety

1.5/5

Average price

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 up and falls 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.

Final verdict

"Keep cleaning chemicals out of reach and always leave the seat down."

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
2/5
Damage
0.5/5
Likelihood
2/5

8 Kitchen cupboards and appliances

1.5/5

Average price

Block of crawl spaces that lead behind electrical appliances as these hidden spaces often have sharp metal edges and exposed electrical cables. Make sure you house rabbits cannot get inside kitchen cupboards which contain cleaning chemicals with a closing mechanism.

Final verdict

"Move chemicals out of reach and block access behind appliances."

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
2.5/5
Damage
0.5/5
Likelihood
1.5/5

9 Curtains and Blinds

1.3/5

Average price

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.

Final verdict

"Make sure loops that can cause entanglement are out of reach"

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
3/5
Damage
0.5/5
Likelihood
0.5/5

10 Wooden furniture

0.8/5

Average price

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 wooden blocks.

Final verdict

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

 
Poor
Average
Good
Danger
1.5/5
Damage
0.5/5
Likelihood
0.5/5