Take a look at these Top 8 bunny proofing hacks to find out how you could be making your life easier.
Top 8 house rabbit hackz
- Protect exposed power cords with Split length tubing
- Bury some wood or bricks under fencing to stop escapes.
- Protect carpet and baseboards with a spare ceramic tile.
- Build a digging box for your bunny to keep them out of trouble.
- Storage boxes are ideal for blocking spaces under furniture.
- Repurpose chew toys as shielding to protect trouble spots.
- Fencing off part of a room with sections of pet pen can be the best option.
- Never throw a toilet roll tube away, they make great chew toys.
1) Split length tubing
One of the most important bunny proofing jobs you can do is to protect the electrical wires that trail around your home from being chewed. It only takes a moment for your bunnies razor sharp teeth to cut through the soft plastic and serious harm to be done.
A cheap and simple way to protect wires is by slipping them inside some split length tubing which is basically tough plastic piping cut along its length. You can get this pipe from most home improvement stores.
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.
2) Backyard escapes
If you give your bunny access to your garden or yard, then you need to bunny proof the perimeter to stop escapes. Bunnies are good at digging so you will need to extend fencing into the ground by burying wooden boards or a line of bricks below the fence line to prevent escapes.
3) Stop chewing damage to carpet and baseboards with an old ceramic tile
A heavy ceramic tile can be a great way of adding some quick and easy bunny proofing protection.
Place the tile over areas of carpet to stop your bunny chewing it.
Lean the tile up against baseboards to protect the soft wood.
4) Build a digging box for your bunny
Bunnies love to dig and forage for treats so by making a digging box you can let them have lots of fun and keep them out of trouble at the same time.
You will need a cardboard box big enough to contain the mess but low enough for your bunny to jump into. Next fill it with shredded paper, old toilet roll tubes and anything else they may like.
Good things to put on a digging box
- Shredded paper
- Chew toys
5) Storage boxes are idea for blocking spaces under furniture
Bunnies love to explore narrow spaces and it's surprising how small a gap they can squeeze through. It is important to block off access to these crawl spaces behind or under furniture where dangerous unfinished materials like nails and staples could hurt your bunny.
A simple way to do this is by filling the space with some plastic storage boxes. This can also be a great way of keeping things you don't want chewed safe. Measure the gap first so you get a snug fit.
6) Repurpose pet toys as bunny protection
Bunnies 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 in their diet.
It can be impossible to keep an eye on your bunny all the time and it only takes a moment for noticeable damage to be done if they decide your coffee table or door frames are on the menu, but you can limit the damage.
A simple way to protect these areas from being nibbled on is to deploy some extra protection by shielding and there are lots of bunny toys that you can use such as hideaways or tubes. Willow bridges are also great for covering corners and table legs as they can be bent into a variety of shapes to suit your needs.
7) Make a fence with section of pet pen
If you want to be sure your bunny is not going to get to a valuable piece of furniture or an area with lots of power cords such as a computer desk it can be easier to fence off the area with a few sections of pet pen.
These sections of wire grid can be lashed together with cable ties and made into a fence that can screen part of a room.
You can set them out as a free-standing fence in a zigzag pattern or lash them to the sides of a piece of furniture with some string. Some bunny moms even go as far as building a perimeter around a room to keep their bunny from reaching the wallpaper and baseboards which can often be a target for unwanted chewing behavior.
8) Keep your bunny in a constant supply of chew toys by recycling toilet roll tubes
Bunnies are always looking for something new to chew on however, the novelty of a new chew toy can run out quickly. An easy way to keep your bunny occupied is to repurpose your toilet roll tubes when the roll ends.
From simply stacking them up so your bunny can knock them down and toss them around to snuffing them with hay and hanging them down with bits of string the toys you can make are only limited by your imagination.
To help give you some ideas we have made a load of toilet roll toys and tried them out on our bunny to see what he thought of them. In this guide we show you step by step how we built them and give you our bunnies opinion of what he thought of them.