The Complete Guide to Bunny Proofing Your Carpet

How To Stop Bunnies Chewing Carpet

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Protecting carpet from chewing damage is an essential part of bunny proofing your home.

Bunnies are always on the lookout for something to chew and have razor sharp teeth that can easily slice through and damage carpet.

Eating carpet can also be dangerous for bunnies and can lead to a blockage which can make when very unwell.

In this practical guide to protecting carpet from bunny chewing we show you the many ways other bunny parents have found to protect carpet and avoid patches of damaged carpet around their home.

We have some simple solutions for protecting carpet where damage is occurring.

We also have a guide to the best floor coverings commonly used to cover carpet and protect it from chewing damage and carpet stains.

We also have a guide to using bitter sprays and tips on how to apply taste deterrents for maximum effect.

So, if you do have a bunny that is a bit of a carpet chewer, follow this guide and learn how to put a stop to carpet chewing with some effective bunny proofing.

Step by step guide to bunny proofing your carpet

How to protect your carpet from bunny chewing

Carpet chewing can be a common problem with house bunnies that can be hard to control. No matter how many times you say No! They will often return to the same spot of chewed carpet which over time can cause a lot of damage.

However, it is essential to stop your bunny chewing carpet as soon as you notice this destructive behavior. Not only to avoid costly repairs or worse a trip to the vet if it causes a blockage in their digestion.

Bunnies will often chew carpet in the corner of the room or alongside baseboards where they can tug up carpet and eat it along its edge.

Bunnies also have a habit of chewing carpet behind your couch or under furniture where the damage may go undetected until costly carpet repairs will be needed.

The best way to stop your bunny from eating carpet is to find a way to protect it from damage. Fortunately, there are some tried and tested solutions bunny owners have found to protect their carpet and stop the destruction and, in this article, we will show you how.

How to protect your carpet from bunny chewing with some well places ornaments or furniture

A simple way to protect spots of carpet your rabbit chews is to place an object over the top of it. This will restrict access to this favored spot and the weight of the object will help stop your bunny tugging up the carpet which can be the start of some considerable damage.

If you can rearrange your room, then moving a piece of furniture over the area of damage can be a permanent way of protecting it.

An easy and less permanent way to protect carpet from bunny chewing damage people have discovered is to lay a heavy ceramic tile over the area. Tiles are good as they do not get in the way and fit nicely into corners of the room.

They can then be packed away when your bunny is not roaming freely.

A way to protect your carpet that your bunny will also love is to place a cardboard box over the top. This will not only stop your bunny getting to the carpet to chew it but also give them something more fun to chew instead.

You can make this even more fun for your bunny by making it a digging box by filling this with fun stuff for your bunny to chew such as chew toys and hay they can forage in.

How to protect your carpet from being chewed under your couch and furniture

Often bunnies will start chewing the carpet under furniture, beds or behind your couch. Always check these areas for signs of unwanted chewing and if you do find your bunny has been eating your carpet then it is best to block off access.

Simply fill the space with something you want to store there or consider using it as a storage area by filling it with plastic storage boxes.

Spaced behind furniture or even parts of a room can also be blocked off easily with a fence made from a few sections of pet pen.

These large sheets can be broken out of the pen and lashed to the sides of a piece of furniture or arranged together to make a free-standing fence.

Always provide your bunny with lots of chewing alternative to stop them eating your carpet

It is important to remember that chewing and digging is instinctive behavior for bunnies, and they will always be searching for new things to try to eat.

When you have protected a spot always provide your bunny with lots of safe and acceptable chewing and digging toys to keep them occupied and out of trouble to help stop this problem occurring somewhere else.

Simple products we recommend to help cover and protect carpet

Step by step guide to protecting your carpet from bunny chewing

What is the best way to cover carpet to stop damage from your bunny chewing carpet

If you want stop your bunny damaging your carpet, then the only sure way to protect it is to cover it over.

Bunnies are always looking for new things to chew and soft fibrous carpet material is not only attractive to them to eat it is also no match for their razor-sharp teeth.

Adding a layer of protection can be especially useful if you have a room or night-time pen where your bunny spends a lot of time unsupervised.

This trick is often used by bunny parents that want to make sure they get your deposit back when are keeping bunnies in rented accommodation.

Without a layer of permanent protection your bunnies natural chewing and digging behavior can cause quite a lot of damage to floor surfaces over time.

Covering your carpet with a waterproof material will also stop your bunnies urine stains or smells damaging the carpet as well as spillages from water bowls mess from your bunnies litter tray.

What are the best materials to cover my carpet with to stop bunny damage

There are lots of materials that can be used to cover a carpet to protect it from damage and they all have their merits so to help you choose we talk you through the common option people choose.

What are the best materials to use to cover carpet and to stop bunny damage

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I buy the black plastic sheets from Home Depot. Tape down to protect carpet/hardwood floor from accidents. Then buy inexpensive carpet remnants to put on top. The remnants are cheap and easy to switch out as needed. I also put padding in since it is a hard wood floor and I want the buns to have cushions. I did actually wrap the padding in plastic too, cause momma bunny tends to pee in the corners.....That way I don't have to replace the padding too, only the carpet itself.

An obvious way to cover your carpet and protect it is to simply lay down rugs or mats over the area of carpet you want to protect.

It's best to choose a rug made from a natural material such as wool or cotton in case this gets chewed as long strands of undigestble material can cause a blockage to your bunnies digestion which is very dangerous.

Children's play mats or puzzle tiles are also another good options to protect carpet from bunny mess. They are wipe clean, waterproof, which can be especially helpful during the litter training stages.

They are made from non-toxic materials, however, always keep an eye on it to make sure your bunny is not eating a lot of it as this could be bad for their tummies.

If you want to cover a larger area of carpet your bunny spends time on such as a nighttime pen, you can always see if your local carpet store has any cheap carpet roll ends. This can be a straightforward way of covering a whole area or room at a low cost.

Try and avoid carpet with rubber backings as it is not great if your rabbit eats a lot of carpet backing. If you can find some a pure wool carpet would be ideal.

If you want to make sure there are no stains or odors from pee seeping through to the carpet underneath, then it is best to lay some plastic sheeting under the covering.

What is the best material to use to protect your carpet from bunny chewing

Floor coverings we recommend to protect your carpet

How to cover carpet to stop your bunny chewing it

How to use bitter sprays to stop damage from your bunny chewing carpet

Bitter sprays can be helpful to make chewing your carpet a little less appealing to your bunny.

Unfortunately, in most cases people find that it is not a single solution and works best alongside other bunny proofing.

We suggest you avoid home-made taste deterrents that may be suggested to you such as perfume or chilly oil or soap as these can all be harmful to your bunny if they end up eating the carpet anyway.

We recommend using a recognized brand designed for bunnies to be sure it is safe.

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It went from this to destroy every single edge of my daughter's room

Remember you will need to keep reapplying it regularly as it will wear off over time.

How do I tell my bunny off for eating carpet

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How to use taste deterrents to stop your bunny chewing carpet

What should I do if my bunny starts eating my carpet?

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If you discover your carpet is on the menu for your bunny you will need to cover it with something your bunny will leave alone or restrict access to this area.

Unfortunately, many of the synthetic material carpet is made of can cause digestive problems if eaten by your bunny. Long strands of indigestible string and foam backing can all cause your bunny to be unwell.

How do I stop my rabbit from chewing carpet?

Saying No! on its own may not stop your rabbits chewing carpet. Bunny proof your carpet by covering over damaged spots with an ornament or cardboard box they can play in filled with boredom breaking chew toys. You can permanently protect carpet by covering it over with rugs or mats.

How do I stop my rabbit from digging up the carpet?

Rabbits do not understand No! Their instinct to dig up carpet will always take over if this habit begins. Bunny proof your carpet by covering over damaged spots with an ornament or best of all a digging box they can play. You can add a layer of permanent protection to carpet by covering it over with rugs or mats.

How do I stop my rabbit from eating carpet?

Rabbits are always on the lookout for fiber to eat. To stop your rabbit eating your carpet always give them lots of hay and boredom breaking chew toys as a distraction. Cover over damaged spots of carpet with an ornament or a layer of permanent protection such as rugs, mats or best of all a digging box filled with chew toys.

Is it OK if my rabbit eats my carpet?

You should not let your rabbit eat your carpet. Carpet can cause a tunny blockage in your rabbit's digestive system which is dangerous. Always bunny proof your carpet by covering over damaged spots with an ornament or a rug or mat. Always give your rabbit lots of chew toys as a tasty distraction.

What can I use to protect my carpet from rabbit chewing?

By rearranging your room, you can protect your carpet from damage by placing ornaments or furniture over where it is being chewed or tugged up. A digging box can also be a clever way to cover an area as it also makes a boredom breaking distraction. Rugs and mats can be used to permanently bunny proof an area such as a night time pen.

How do I stop my rabbit digging and tugging up the carpet in the corner of the room

Place a heavy ornament in the corner of the room to keep your rabbit from digging and chewing your carpet. You could also use a heavy ceramic tile in the corner to hold down the carpet and protect it or it could be a good place to put a digging box filled with chew and shredding material that will act as a fun tasty distraction.

Do rabbits eat carpet?

Yes, carpet chewing is a frequent problem with rabbits. Rabbits instinctively chew fibrous material when they are hungry, bored or to wear down their teeth. To stop your rabbit eating your carpet you need to bunny proof damaged areas and supply lots of chewing alternatives such as hay and fun chew toys.

Do rabbits tear up carpet?

Yes, rabbits are natural foragers and will return to a spot to tug and dig it up no matter how many times you tell them No! To stop your rabbit digging up your carpet you need to bunny proof damaged areas by covering them over and provide lots of foraging alternatives such as a digging box.

Does vinegar stop rabbits chewing carpet?

You should not use vinegar to stop your rabbit chewing your carpet. Rabbits will put up with unpleasant tastes and this may not help protect your carpet from damage.

Does chilly oil stop rabbits chewing carpet?

You should not use chilly oil to stop your rabbit chewing your carpet. Rabbits will put up with unpleasant tastes and this may not help protect your carpet from damage. Chilly oil could irritate your rabbit mouth and cause your bunny to become unwell.

Does ivory soap stop rabbits chewing carpet?

You should not use ivory soap to stop your rabbit chewing your carpet. Rabbits will put up with unpleasant tastes and this may not help protect your carpet from damage. Chilly oil could irritate your rabbit mouth and cause them to become unwell.

Will a taste deterrent stop my rabbit chewing my carpet.

We suggest you avoid home-made taste deterrents that may be suggested to you such as vinegar, perfume or chilly oil or soap. Taste deterrents often do not stop a determined bunny and they may even irritate your rabbit mouth and cause then to become unwell.

What is the best taste deterrent to use to stop my rabbit chewing my carpet.

We suggest you avoid home-made taste deterrents that may be suggested to you such as vinegar, perfume or chilly oil or soap as. Always use a brand of bitter spray that is designed for rabbits.

What can I use to put on my carpet to stop my rabbit chewing and eating it?

We suggest you avoid home-made taste deterrents that may be suggested to you such as vinegar, perfume or chilly oil or soap as. Taste deterrents will not stop a determined bunny and it may even irritate your rabbit mouth and cause them to become unwell.

Does perfume stop rabbits chewing carpet?

You should not use perfume to stop your rabbit chewing your carpet. Rabbits will put up with unpleasant tastes and this may not help protect your carpet from damage. Chilly oil could irritate your rabbit mouth and cause your bunny to become unwell.

Do bitter sprays stop rabbits chewing carpet?

Using a bitter spray can help protect your carpet from chewing however it may not work will all rabbits. We suggest you avoid home-made taste deterrents that may be suggested to you such as vinegar, perfume or chilly oil or soap as they may even irritate your rabbit mouth and cause then to become unwell.