Bringing a bunny home for the first time

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Everything you need to know about bringing home a bunny

When you bring a bunny home for the first time there is some simple bunny proofing you need to do to make your home safe and help stop some of the damage from chewing behavior.

In this first time bunny moms guide to bunny proofing we cover some of the safety basics such as how best to protect electrical cables as well as lots of tips and tricks to prevent damage to carpet, wallpaper, baseboards and other parts of your home.

Don't wait for a problem to start, learn for others experience what to do here.

Must do bunny proofing jobs for first time bunny moms

Setting up an indoor enclosure

The first thing you will need to organize is a pen. This will be the place your bunny will spend time when they are unsupervised or you don't want them roaming freely, for instance when you are at work or at night when you are in bed. It needs to be a safe and secure place so you can be certain your bunny will not come to any harm.

It should be large enough for them to stretch and exercise in and contain all the things they need such as food, water, a litter tray and various toys to keep them occupied. There are lots of types of indoor bunny enclosures that people use so it's a matter of picking the one you think will suit your bunny.

This will also be the place where your best to start litter training which is essential if you are going to keep house bunnies.

Making electrical cables safe for your bunny

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If unchecked carpet chewing can lead to a significant amount of damage and costly repairs
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Never underestimate the ingenuity of a bunny on a mission

Bunnies find chewing wires irresistible, no matter how many times you tell them NO. They have razor sharp teeth that can cut through the soft insulation in seconds leading to a nasty, even fatal accident which is why bunny proofing the wires in your home is one of the first and most important jobs you need to do before you can let your bunny roam freely.

This may seem a daunting task at first however it only needs doing once and with a bit of time and ingenuity it is possible to make your home 100% safe by either moving wires out of reach by tucking them behind furniture or protecting them with a split length tubing or creating fenced off areas such as behind your TV.

What to do when you bunny chews your carpet

Bunnies love chewing and digging and it's very common for some damage to occur to carpeted areas. If unchecked this can lead to a significant amount of damage, costly repairs or a loss of deposit. What's more the constant distraction of having to jump up and stop this behavior can spoil the time you are supposed to be spending relaxing and enjoying their companionship.

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If unchecked carpet chewing can lead to a significant amount of damage and costly repairs

There is no one solution to stopping carpet chewing however there are lots of tips and tricks people use that can help. The first thing to do is find ways of covering areas that are getting attention, this can range from putting some cardboard boxes in the areas in question or covering them over with a rug.

Ceramic tiles are often a popular way of holding down loose carpet and keeping it out of reach. The next thing to do is provide lots of acceptable digging and chewing alternatives so your bunny can exercise this natural behavior.

Making a digging box can be an excellent alternative and grass mats that can be purchased from pet stores are good for keeping your bunny out of trouble.

How to stop your bunny chewing wooden furniture, doors and base boards

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Always providing lots of acceptable alternatives for your bunny to chew on

Anything make of wood in your home is likely to be chewed at least once. The soft wooden corners of furniture, doors and skirting board can be irresistible to a bunny who will enjoy chewing and even eat the material. Although not typically harmful it can leave your home looking tatty and it's best to try and avoid this habit wherever it develops.

The only way to stop the damage is to cover areas in some way. Bitter spray or other deterrents rarely prove successfully. The best way to do this is to cover or fence it off. In the case of baseboards, products such as office storage cubes can used. These kits made of 1 foot square of wire used to make storage shelves can be re-purposed, broken up and used as a fence along your baseboards to protect them.

Areas where you have a lot of furniture can be totally screened off using larger sections of pet pens. The soft edges can also be covered with plastic corner guards.

As always providing lots of acceptable alternatives for your bunny to chew on sis essential. And keeping a constant supply of hay and chew toys will always help ease the problem.

How to make your couch bunny proofed

Your sofa can become a center of attention for your bunny so its important to make sure it's safe. As a first step you and your family members will need to learn to avoid placing hot food or sharp objects on the arms of cushions. Bunnies have a habit of jumping up without looking which can lead to a nasty shock. Also make sure you are careful not to pile up too many loose cushions as these can cause you bunny to loose its footing and slip off.

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A real problem can occur if your bunny crawls inside

To improve safety further it is sensible to bock off access underneath your sofa, especially if you have a wooden framed couch as it may have unfinished materials like nails, staples and rough wooded edges that can cause harm.

A real problem can occur if your bunny crawls inside which is not only dangerous but can lead to you dismantling your sofa to get it out. Lastly, it's best to avoid chairs with reclining mechanisms and rocking chairs altogether, bunnies can gain access to these or become trapped in them and get badly hurt

Make sure your plants are bunny safe

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It can be a lot safer to choose plants that you know are bunny safe

Unfortunately your bunny will not be able to tell whether a plant is good to eat or not and is likely to want to try so it's important to make sure you move all the plants in your home well out of reach and harm's way.

Make sure that falling leaves don't end up in area where your bunny can roam also, and remember bunnies are good climbers so make sure they can find a way indirectly.

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.

Safety in the back yard for a bunnies first time

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Make sure you block of gaps in hedges and under fences and gates

If your bunny can access outdoor spaces, you will defiantly need to bunny proof it. The first concern is preventing escape, make sure you block of gaps in hedges and under fences and gates.

Always do routine checks of the perimeter looking behind bushes or anywhere your bunny can tunnel without you noticing. You may need to bury your bunny proofing into the ground. Also look for anything that could be knocked over and fall on your bunny like a broom shovel or bicycle.

Make sure all chemical such as fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides or cleaning agents are stored out of reach on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard. They are harmful if digested and may also cause harm if they get on your bunnies fur.

If you water your plants from the base, make sure the watering trays can't be reached as it can be contaminated with plant food which could be harmful to your bunny if they try and drink it.

Did you know

What is the name of a baby rabbit call?

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A baby rabbits is normally called a Kitten or Kit for short. They can also be called a Leveret, Bunny or Nestling. The term Bun comes from old English dialect, first recorded in the sixteenth century.