How to stop your bunny chewing your doors and door frames

The soft wooden edges of your doors and door frames make an easy target for a bored bunny and it only takes a few nibbles for the damage to be noticeable. Over time a bunny on a mission can eventually do a lot of damage, costing a lost deposit or expensive repairs. If you want to keep your doors and door frames looking neat, then here are some simple ideas other bunny moms use to stop chewing damage.

How do I stop my bunny chewing my doors and door frames?

  • Temporarily protect door frames from being chewed by leaning a ceramic tile up against them.
  • Protect the soft wooden corners of your door frames by fitting some plastic corner guards.
  • Apply some bitter spray to areas being chewed to act as a deterrent.
  • Install a bunny gates to rooms you need to control access to. It will make it easier to come and go and help prevent breakouts.

Quick and easy ways to stop your bunny chewing your doors and door frames

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Easy bunny proofing that can be easily packed away when not needed

If your bunny is repeatedly chewing your door frames the simplest way to provide temporary protection is to lay something up against the areas when you bunny is showing interest.

Ceramic tiles or willow bridges, a toy found in pet stores, are ideal for this. They can then be easily packed away when not needed.

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A well placed cardboard box or chew toy can also make a great distraction.

What are the best bunny proofing hackz to protect my doors and door frames?

  • Prop up a few ceramic tiles against the areas prone to damage to protect them from your bunny
  • A cardboard box can be another great way to conceal a trouble spot and keep your bunny busy
  • Try making a low fence, set slightly back from the wall with section of wire storage grid
  • Always provide lots of safe and acceptable alternative to keep your bunny out of trouble
  • It can help to install a pet gate as this will take most of the damage and can easily be replaced

How to protect your door frames from bunny chewing using corner guards

A simple way to protect fragile edges along the base of a door or on your door frames is to use a cheap commercial product designed specifically to stop this type of damage.

You may have seen these L shaped lengths of tough plastic in public buildings and you can buy them in most home improvement stores and fit them yourself.

They come in a variety of lengths however if you need to cut down to size this can be done with a craft knife so no need for any DIY tools.

They can then be easily attached with some sticky pads or adhesive. They come in a wood color, white and clear so you will be able to match it with the door.

How should I tell my bunny off for chewing my doors

  • Even if you bunny is being naughty, never hit or shove your bunny away as they can be hurt very easily.
  • Don't keep your bunny quiet with treats, you may be teaching them bad behavior.
  • Never shout at or scare your bunny to get them to stop chewing your doors or frames. Stress can make them antisocial towards you.

Fitting an acrylic cover or kick plate could save your door from chewing

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A simple way of putting a stop to door chewing this is to install a Kick plate

Another common type of damage can be caused by your bunny stripping off the soft wood laminate from the bottom edge of the door. A solid way of stopping this is to install a Kick plate.

Although this will require some home improvement skills it will fix the problem and will save your replacing the door.

How can I permanently protect my doors and door frames from bunny chewing damage?

  • Install some tough corner guards. These strips of L shaped plastic can be found in most home stores
  • Fitting an acrylic cover or kick plate to a door can stop chewing damage to the bottom of the door
  • Sometimes it can be easier to fence off an area of a room with sections of pet pen fencing

What's the best taste deterrent to use to stop your bunny chewing your door or door frames

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Cooper From our facebook group
Hi does anyone have any advice on how to stop my bunny from chewing my door? As you can see clear tape & brown tape haven't deterred him nor has the no chew spray I bought?

Bitter sprays can help make the corners of doors and door frames a lot less appealing to your bunny to chew however, bunnies transform their environment by chewing it and may be prepared to put up with the taste if they really feel the urge to chew a door.

If you think taste deterrent will help, follow these simple steps to apply it the best way.

You can apply the spray directly to the affected area or to help stop the spray going everywhere you can also spray some into a cloth then wipe the liquid on.

Remember to keep reapplying the bitter spray regularly so it doesn't lose its effectiveness.

Avoid homemade remedies like perfume or chilly oil as these can be harmful to your bunny and instead use a product designed for bunnies.

We would also avoid remedies such as double-sided sticky tape that could get stuck in your bunnies fur or cause problems if eaten.

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Bitter spray

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What is the best bitter spray to stop my bunny chewing my doors and door frames?

  • Apply bitter spray where damaged appears and any other areas to keep them damage free
  • Remember to reapply bitter spray regularly so it doesn't lose its effectiveness
  • Avoid homemade bitter spray remedies like chilly oil, tape, perfume or soap that may be harmful

Why does my bunny chew my door frames

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Bunnies communicate using their teeth and make a variety of noises from gentle tooth clicks when they are happy to full tantrums where they like to pick things up and bash them about.

They can easily learn that the sound of them chewing a door will get you up and get them attention.