Bunnies just like other pets like to find their spot on the couch, and just like other pets you have to be mindful of the dangers it can put them in. Follow this simple guide to learn how you and your family can make sure your couch is a safe place for your bunny to play and relax around.
It includes tips on how to make it a bit safer for your bunny to jump on and off your couch.
Safety rules to guide you and your family
Our list of safety rules to guide you and your family when your bunny is around the couch.
We also take a look at what to do if you have a rocking chair or a couch with a relying mechanism and you are worried about your bunnies safety.
Don't take any chances, keep the advice in this guide in mind and keep your couch and bunny safe.
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 fall.
Never leave sharp objects, glass or hot food or drinks on your couch.
Soften the landing on hard surfaces where your bunny jumps down with a rug.
Move rocking chairs to an area where your bunny does not roam freely to avoid accidents.
Couches or armchairs with moving parts are unsuitable around bunnies that can get trapped and hurt.
Never leave TV remotes, phones, magazines, or bags out on the couch as they will be chewed.
How to make it safe for your bunny to jump on and off your couch
Some bunnies love to jump on and climb about the couch, unfortunately bunnies also tend to leap before the look which can lead to an accident if you are unprepared for this to happen. Make sure you and your family follow these simple bunny proofing safety rules to avoid mishaps or harm when your bunny comes out.
Bunnies are good climbers and like to jump on the seat and even the back of couches which is why scattering loose cushions can be dangerous if your bunny loses its footing on them and falls. It's best to keep cushions to a minimum and avoid stacking them up or placing them on the back top or at the front of the seat.
If you have a hard surface under your couch like a wooden floor or tiles, then it's best to try and soften the landings where your bunny jumps down or may fall by putting a rug down. This can make it a lot kinder on your bunny's paws but is especially helpful if your bunny has a habit of slipping off the edge of the couch from time to time.
Make sure coffee tables are pushed back and other furniture or ornaments are moved away from the couches edge so if your bunny does jump or slide off, they won't crash into them on the way down.
Never leave anything on your couch that your bunny can get to
Bunnies will often leap onto your couch without knowing what is in the way of their landing so it's best to get into the habit of not leaving anything on the seat that could cause harm. Always keep sharp objects like scissors or knives and folks or glassware off the seat and never put hot food and drink down that could be knocked over as it only takes a second for a situation to unfold and an accident to happen.
Never leave TV remote controls, earphones, phones, books, magazines or bags out on the couch unless you want them to be your bunnies next snack. Not only could this be costly, if it's chewed the materials could also hurt your bunnies tummy if eaten.
Why you should make rocking chairs and recliners off limits to your bunny
No matter how conscientious you are rocking, chairs will always be a danger around an unsuspecting bunny, trapping their feet or crushing them underneath. It is best to place rocking chairs in a room that is off limits.
Couches or armchairs with moving parts such as reclining mechanisms are also unsuitable if your bunny has free roam in a room with them in. Not only can your bunny become trapped in the moving parts and get badly hurt, they can easily find a way inside where they can become stuck and hurt themselves.
Couches or armchairs that have power cables can be dangerous if you bunny chews them and any wires leading up to them will need bunny proofing as well.