It can be very frustrating if your bunny starts eating your curtains or blinds. They can do quite a lot of damage when left in a room on their own.
Bunnies have razor sharp teeth which grow constantly throughout their lives so are always looking for something to chew on to wear them down and can make short work of cloth and even the tough material lateral blinds are made of. Other damage can include chewing the end of drawstrings and tassels which can be cleanly sliced off in seconds.
In this guide we show you the many ways other bunny moms have found to limit the damage
In this guide we show you the many ways other long suffering bunny parents have found to limit the damage to their curtains and keep them out of harm's reach.
We also have a few safety ideas you should take note of around drawstrings and synthetic materials.
And if you think it would help, we have a guide to what the best taste deterrent is to use and how best to apply them.
Don't wait for your bunny to take your curtains up, follow these remedies and avoid expensive repairs.
The best ways to stop your bunny chewing your curtain
Damage can occur at each end where your bunny pops in and out, try drawing your curtains in a bit at the ends to keep the path clear.
Make your curtains a lot less appealing to chew on with taste deterrents like a bitter spray.
Consider taking your curtains up before your bunny does this for you.
Always provide lots of chew toys to keep your bunny occupied and a stack of hay to eat each day.
How to bunny proof your curtains and stop chewing damage
Curtain chewing is a common problem with house bunnies and you are lucky if your bunny is not tempted to chew them. You will often find that the worst of the damage can occur at each end of the curtains. This may be the spot where your bunny likes to run along behind them then pop in and out. If you draw the curtains in a bit from the end wall your bunny will not see them as in its way and hopefully ignore them.
A way of protecting the curtains to avoid any chance of damage is to fence them off with sections taken from a pet pen. These can be set out free standing so are an easy way to make a bunny no go area.
If you want something you can quickly and easily bring out to add protection and act as a distraction try putting a tunnel toy or cardboard box there to keep the curtains pulled back and out of the way.
Hopefully, you bunny will want to chew this more than your curtains when they pass by.
Did you know
Why does my bunny chew my curtains and blinds
Rabbits like to maintain their habitats and adapt them to their individual needs. Bit by bit they can chew their surrounding into shape and have razor sharp teeth that can easily slice through tough roots and shoots.
If your curtains stand in their way over time this damage will build up leaving you with costly repairs unless you keep them out of the way.
The hidden dangers of curtain draw string to bunnies
Always keep drawstrings or other cords out of reach, not only could they be an easy target for chewing your bunny may get tangled up in them and hurt itself.
If you don't have a regular way of doing this, then install a hook and make tying it up out of reach a habit when your bunny is roaming in the room.
Always keep an eye on how much cord your bunny is eating. Synthetic material can be hard to digest for and if you catch your bunny eating too much it could make them unwell.
Bunny safety tips for curtains and blinds
Make sure loops are kept out of reach so your bunny does not get tangled up in them.
Don't let your bunny eat the synthetic materials as it can bind up their tummies
Be careful of your bunny rushing out and getting underfoot. You may be best to fence this area off.
What's the best bitter sprays to stop your bunny chewing your curtains
Bitter sprays can be helpful if you are battling to stop your bunny chewing your curtains or blinds but it sometimes only offers a partial solution as you may find your bunny more than prepared to put up with a bad taste.
As always, it's a combination of bunny proofing things that will prove most effective.
Apply the spray on the area being chewed and any other areas that look like they could be a target as well. Remember to reapply regularly so it doesn't lose its effectiveness.
Avoid home-made remedies such as as perfume, soap or chilly oil.
These can be harmful to your bunny and instead use a product designed for bunnies.