Bunny proofing your home is essential when you live with a house bunny as there are lots of ways your bunny can come to harm or your home could be damaged.
Bunnies have very strong urges to chew, dig and explore and even when supervised it only takes your back to be turned for a moment for them to get into trouble from a wide range of things including chewing electrical cables, toxic plants, wallpaper and baseboards and situations like getting trapped inside your sofa which is a nightmare, the list is very long.
To help you cover all eventualities we have created a bunny proofing check list you can work through so you can be confident you have done all the bunny proofing you can and relax with your bunny without the worry.
How to stop your bunny chewing electrical cables
- Never allow your house rabbit access to unprotected power cable.
- Arrange you home so plug sockets are hidden behind furniture then trail power cable out of reach to make them inaccessible.
- Remember bunnies are good climbers so make sure you move everything out the way that could provide an alternative route.
- A better way to manage areas with lots of electrical devices in it is to simply fence them off with a few sections from a pet pen.
- Never rely on carboard to block off an area as your bunny could chew its way through.
- Make sure your bunny cannot get into the space behind your TV by blocking it off.
- Protect exposed power cables behind fencing, in split length tubing or wall conduit.
- Set up a charging station to use regularly for phones where they cannot be reached to avoid accidents.
- Put your bunny somewhere secure when using curling tongs ironing or vacuuming.
- Always keep batteries that could be eaten out of reach.
How to stop your bunny chewing your carpet
- Cover areas of damaged carpet with a spare ceramic tile or cardboard box to protect it.
- Use rugs, carpet roll-ends or play mats to permanently protect areas of carpet from damage.
- Bitter sprays can help make areas of carpet that are being chewed less appealing.
How to stop your bunny chewing your baseboards
- Temporarily protect baseboards from being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile up against them.
- Protect the edges from being chewed with tough plastic corner guards you can get from a home improvement store.
- Wooden steps can be protected with anti-slip mats that lip over the edge to aluminum edging strips.
- Applying bitter sprays can make the taste a lot less appealing.
How to stop your bunny chewing walls and wallpaper
- Temporarily protect wallpaper that's being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile up against it or by placing a cardboard box in front of it.
- Build a fence around the edge of your room with some sections of pet pen or office storage cubes to permanently stop wallpaper from being chewed.
- If you want to permanently protect you walls you may consider mounting acrylic to the wall.
- Protect the corners of walls being chewed with plastic corner guards available from a home improvement stores.
- Apply some bitter spray to areas being chewed to act as a deterrent.
How to stop your bunny chewing and damaging your couch
- Cover your couch in a throw to help keep it looking neat.
- Spray on some taste deterrent to make your couch less appealing to chew on.
- Stop fabric edges being chewing by shielding them with something that will protect them.
- Stop wooden feet being chewed by covering them in something that will protect them like a toilet roll tube.
How to stop your bunny going underneath your couch
- Block access to the space underneath your couch which can conceal synthetic materials that can be harmful is eaten and unfinished surfaces with nails, staples and splinters.
- Make sure your bunny can't get inside your couch from underneath where they can get stuck and hurt themselves.
- Use some storage boxes to fill in the space under your couch, this can be a great way of keeping bunnies out.
How to stop your bunny going behind your couch
- If you can push you couch up against a wall to stop it sliding back and crushing your bunny.
- Block access to the space behind your couch so you bunny does not chew the soft materials.
How to make your couch safe for your bunny to play on
- Don't stack up cushions on your couch which can cause your bunny to slip and fall.
- Never leave sharp objects, glass or hot food or drinks on your couch in case your bunny jumps up and hurts itself.
- Soften the landing on hard surfaces around your couch where your bunny jumps down by putting a rug down.
- Move rocking chairs to an area where you bunny does not roam freely to avoid accidents.
- Couches or armchairs with moving parts are unsuitable as bunnies can get trapped in them and hurt or find their way inside.
- Never leave TV remotes, phones, magazines, or bags out on the couch as they will be chewed.
How do I keep my bunny away from my couch?
- Only tell your bunny of when you catch them on your couch or they won't understand why you are being mean to them.
- Even if you bunny is being naughty never hit or push your bunny off the couch, they have small bones that can be hurt easily.
- Never shout at or scare your bunny to get them to stop chewing or digging on your couch, they sensitive hearing and stress can make them timid or aggressive towards you.
- Provide lots of toy hideaways and chew toys to keep your bunny occupied and out of trouble.
How to stop your bunny chewing your wooden furniture
- Protect table and chair legs from chewing damage by slipping some toilet roll tube over them
- Temporarily protect furniture from being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile or a willow bridge, a toy found in pet stores up against them
- Protect the edges of furniture from being chewed with plastic corner guards available from a DIY stores
- Using taste deterrents to help make your wooden furniture less tasty
- Use some pet pen or office storage grids to fence of furniture you want to keep safe
How to stop your bunny eating your house plants
- Many house plants are poisons to bunnies, make sure they are out of reach and check to make sure your bunny can't climb and stretch to get to them
- Don't place plant pots or flower vases near the edge of furniture tops in case it's knocked over or pulled off as this can hurt your bunny if it falls on them
- Don't let your bunny drink the water from watering trays which can contain harmful chemicals like pesticides and fertilizer
How to stop your bunny digging in your plant pots
- Cover the soil in your plant pots stop your bunny digging in it with some pebbles or shells
- Make sure your bunny does not eat materials in the soil as they can be contaminated with plant food and pesticides
How to make your yard safe and secure for your bunny
- 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
- Put away anything that could be knocked over and fall on your bunny like a shovel or bicycle
- Make sure watering trays cannot be drank from as they can be contaminated with plant food
- You should avoid letting your bunny eat your plants.
- Check the perimeter fencing, hedges and gates regularly for escape routes, it's surprising how small a space a bunny can squeeze through
- If you are worried about local cats or other predators pet stores sell many types of runs and pens ideal for keeping your bunny safe
How to stop your bunny escaping from your yard
- Stop fences being undermined by burying a line of bricks or more fencing below the surface
- Make sure your bunny can't get out from under your gate, it needs to go down to the ground
- A self closing gate mechanism would help avoid unwanted escapes
How to stop your bunny chewing your doors and door frames
- Temporarily protect door frames from being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile or a willow bridge, a toy found in pet stores up against them
- Protect the soft wooden corners of your doors and door frames by fitting some plastic corner guards available from a home improvement stores
- Apply some bitter spray to areas being chewed to act as a deterrent
- Always provide lots of hay and chew toys to act as a tasty distraction
- Install a bunny gates to rooms you need to control access too to make it easier and help prevent break-ins and breakouts
Why does my bunny chew my doors and how do I stop it?
- Make sure your bunny has lots of chew toys as an acceptable alternative
- Even if you bunny is being naughty, never hit or shove your bunny away as they can be hurt very easily
- Never shout at or scare your bunny to get them to stop chewing something they shouldn't. Stress can make them antisocial towards you
- Don't keep your bunny quiet with treats, you may be teaching them bad behavior
How to stop your bunny chewing your curtain and blinds
- Damage can occur at each end of the curtains where you bunny pops in and out, try drawing your curtains in a bit here
- Make your curtains a lot less appealing to chew on with taste deterrents
- Consider taking your curtains up before your bunny does this for you