How to stop your bunny chewing your carpet

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Cocoa From our facebook group
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Carpet chewing is a very common problem for people with house bunnies and sometimes it can be quite a battle to keep them looking neat.

In this guide we show you the various ways other bunny parents use to stop their bunnies from what can seem an unstoppable desire to dig and chew their carpet and prevent the substantial damage this can cause over time.

We have some simple solutions like, using an old ceramic tile to cover over a trouble spot.

We also have a guide to the Pros and Cons of floor covering that are commonly used to cover carpet to protect them completely from chewing and stains.

Here's how to put a stop to carpet chewing

If you think using a taste deterrent like a bitter spray could help, we also show you what to use and the best way to apply it.

So if you do have a bunny that's a bit of a carpet chewer or just want to make sure you don't lose your deposit, here's how to put a stop to carpet chewing with some effective bunny proofing.

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 protect areas where your bunny chews your carpet

If there is an area of carpet your bunny seems to keep picking on, then a lot of people have found a simple way to stop the damage continuing any further this to laying a spare ceramic over the spot.

The weight of the tile will also help stop the carpet being tugged up which can cause a lot of damage if your bunny gets their teeth into it. Tiles are good as they are cheap, don't get in the way and can be easily packed away when not needed.

Another easy way to stop your bunny chewing carpet can simply be to place a cardboard box over the top. This will effectively stop your bunny getting to the carpet and hopefully give it something more fun to do that is an acceptable alternative to both of you.

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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 you bunny to be unwell.

The best ways of covering your carpet over to stop your bunny chewing it

If you want to be sure to stop your bunny chewing your carpet you are best to cover it over completely.

This can be especially useful if you have a room or night-time pen where your bunny spends a lot of time unsupervised. There are a number of ways that bunny owners have found to do this.

An obvious way to cover your carpet and protect it is to lay down some rugs or mats. Choose a rug made from a natural material such as wool or cotton in case it gets chewed as synthetic material can cause digestive problems if eaten.

It is often best to weigh down the corners to stop the rug being pulled up and the carpet uncovered.

Some bunny owners who want something to totally protect their carpet from chewing and damage from spillages and peeing accidents have found that children's play mats make an attractive, waterproof covering that can be wiped clean.

What to use to protect your carpet from bunny chewing

  • Rugs and throws, and fleece blankets
  • Children's play mats
  • Horse mats
  • Carpet roll ends
  • Outdoor carpet
  • Puzzle mats, used for child play areas
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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.

If you want to cover a larger area and want to keep the cost low, you could always see if your local carpet store has any cheap roll ends.

Lucky From our facebook group
Just be careful with vinyl flooring. One of our bunnies that was adopted out of our rescue recently had to go to the vet with stasis. The x-ray showed he had bits of vinyl flooring and towel he had ingested after chewing. My buns are in my family room. There's old very low pile carpet in there and they don't chew it. Probably because it's so ugly! LOL! But I'm not changing it.
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Other alternatives people have found that may work for you are horse mats that are very tough and outdoor carpet that you can buy from home improvement stores.

Using bitter sprays to stop your bunny chewing your carpet

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

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

It's best to apply the spray directly to the areas where the damage is being caused and any other areas that look like likely targets.

Remember to keep reapplying it as it will lose its effectiveness.

Avoid home-made remedies that may be suggested to you such as perfume or chilly oil or soap as these can be harmful to your bunny, instead choose a recognized brand designed for bunnies.

Lil Z From our facebook group
3 course meal done Nice bit of floor mat for starters, hay ball for the main, then a nice helping of nuggets for dessert and his so stuffed he's collapsed
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