How to stop your bunny chewing electrical cables

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Obi and Alisa From our facebook group
My buns (mostly one in particular) are super chewers.
bunny chewed split length tubing

It is important for your bunnies health and happiness that you share lots of time together, for most people this involves relaxing at home in front of the TV or listening to music with your bunny roaming in the room.

Unfortunately, the cables that power these electrical devices can be very harmful, even deadly if your bunny chews on them, unaware of the danger.

The soft plastic insulation offers no protection from a bunnies razor sharp teeth that are perfect for slicing through tough roots and shoots and if their wet mouth comes into contact with the wires inside they can receive a severe shock.

The only safe way to share your home with your bunny is to fully bunny proof it and, in this guide, we show you how.

The only safe way to share your home with your bunny is to take the time to fully bunny proof it

We have some great tips on how to hide power cables out of reach by simply moving some of your furniture around or by breaking up some pet pen fencing.

We have details on using box conduite and split length pipe to protect exposed cables.

We even show you how to block off the crawl spaces around the back of your TV which can be especially dangerous for a curious bunny.

So, don't take the chance of an accident happening, get bunny proofing so you can relax with your bunny roaming freely without having to unplug everything first.

How to stop your bunny chewing your wires

  • Hide plug sockets behind furniture then trail power cable out of reach.
  • Remember bunnies are good climbers and can jump quite high.
  • It can be easier to fence off whole areas of a room with sections of pet pen.
  • Always block off access behind your TV.
  • You can protect exposed cords with Split length tubing or Box conduit.

How to hide electrical cables out of your bunnies reach

The easiest way to stop your bunny chewing the electrical cables in your home is to make some simple changes to the way your furniture is laid out to make them inaccessible.

By arranging furniture and electrical devices together you can limit the amount of exposed cables your bunny can reach.

Move furniture with lamps or other electrical devices directly in front of plug sockets so you can lead the electrical cables from the plug to conceal them.

Make sure you push the furniture up against the wall as bunnies like to explore these gaps.

You can also trail cables over or behind furniture by moving it closer together to help keep them out of reach.

When you are done make sure you move everything out the way that could provide an alternative route for your bunny to get to exposed cables. Bunnies are good climbers and can jump from place to place so always do a quick check to be safe.

Lastly, always remember to find a safe place to put your bunny when ironing, hovering, or using a hair dryer or other appliances. It only takes a moment's distraction for the damage to be done.

How to stop your bunny going behind your TV and chewing your electrical cables

Bunnies love to explore and no amount of saying No! will keep them out of forbidden areas like behind your TV when your back is turned.

It's best to always block this area off entirely so the nest of electrical cables they contain are permanently out of harm's reach.

Position the TV against a wall in front of a plug or in the corner where a plug socket is so you don't need to trail any cables up to it. You can block off the sides of your TV to stop access behind with other bits of furniture or large ornaments. Alternatively you can use a couple of sections of a pet pen or the wire grids from office storage cubes either side.

It can help to keep all your TV and audio equipment together in a cabinet. Cabinets with glass doors are ideal as this will let you keep the doors shut and still use your remote controls.

Avoid blocking in the sides with cardboard as this will not last very long and may even encourage your bunny to play in this area.

If your bunny makes it a mission to try and go behind the TV you can help refocus this natural need to explore by providing some safe and acceptable alternatives such as tunnel toys, tents or even a cardboard castle to help keep them out of trouble.

How to bunny proof electrical cables the easy way behind a pet pen fence

Fully bunny proofing all the electrical devices and electrical cables in a room can be a massive task to undertake.

Sometimes this can make it hard for you to access and use these devices yourself. A better way to manage areas with lots of electrical devices in it is to simply fence them off.

Harvey From our facebook group
We have a section of our living room blocked off with a pen. Even though the pen is super low because the area behind it is so small, he doesn't jump over, even for his hay and pellets which we store behind there.
bunny proof pet pen fence

To do this take a regular pet pen and simply join the sections of sheets together as fencing using the clips provided. If you set it out in a zigzag pattern this can even be free standing or lash the ends to some furniture using some cotton string.

If you have a computer desk or stacks of stereo equipment, create a fence that will screen off the whole area. Making sure the ends are secure so your bunny cannot force its way around.

Fencing can also be used to block access to crawl spaces that lead to plugs under furniture or behind an appliance. You can build a low fence using sections of wire grids. These can be lashed in place with some string.

Installing a baby gate across a door to an area with lots of electrical equipment such as a utility room can be a great way of blocking off access and still allowing you to nip in and out whilst keeping an eye on your bunny.

Avoid using cardboard as fencing as bunnies like to eat this and will eventually break through.

How to stop your bunny chewing your electrical cables using the split length tubing hack

Sometimes it is hard to avoid wires that stretch across your room or to your appliances on a shelf or furniture top.

A simple, convenient, and cheap way of adding protection is to slip your electrical cables inside a length of tough plastic piping or split length tubing as it is often called.

This piping can be purchased from most DIY stores. It is tough and just flexible enough to be bent around corners.

You can often find brands of pipe that have already been split along its length, if not you will need to cut it yourself.

To install it first cut the tubing to the correct length then you can simply slip the wire inside along the split without having to take the plug off.

You can make it safer by securing the ends with some tape in case your bunny tugs at it leaving the electrical cables by the plug exposed.

How to stop your bunny chewing wires permanently by using box conduit

Plastic conduit is an ideal solution if you want to add some permanent bunny proof to your home.

The tough strips of boxing or piping can be mounted on a wall above your baseboards and electrical cables that would otherwise lead around the edges of the room can be hidden away inside, keeping them safe.

Ernie From our facebook group
I use cable channels and flex tubing, as well as baby-proofing outlet covers. As a warning, my rabbit had chewed through flex tubing a couple times, so check it periodically for chew marks.
box conduite bunny proofing

Make sure you not only fit them around the room but also leading down from plug sockets then up the wall behind furniture where electrical devices are so once the electrical cables inside are safely out of reach.

They are relatively cheap and can be purchased from most DIY stores and can be installed with a minimum of effort.

The soft plastic can be easily trimmed to size and these systems typically come with a variety of corners and junctions that make it easy to assemble.

Did you know

Why does my bunny chew my electrical cables?

wild rabbit eating flowers

Rabbits have razor sharp teeth that they use to chew through tough roots and shoots. They do this for food and to keep their burrows and paths clear of obstacles to help them move about.

Unfortunately for your bunny, electrical cables are pretty much the same size as a root and shoot and they often lay in your bunnies path at the edges of the room where they run into them. This makes them almost irritable to rabbits and the moment they come across one their natural urge to chew through it is likely to take over.

How to stop your bunny chewing your phone charger

There is no good way of protecting the cables that charge or power our gadgets from a bunny on the lookout for something to chew. The only way to keep them safe is to keep one step ahead and move them out of harm's reach.

Following these simple rules which in hindsight will prove expensive mistakes.

If you leave a charger in reach it is an accident waiting to happen. It is best to set yourself up a charging station somewhere completely out of reach like a kitchen worktop or a study room where your bunny does not have access and make this its permanent home.

Milo From our facebook group
Spicy hay!
bunny chewed iphone charger

We tend to give our phones and other devices a lot of attention so always remember to put them out of reach when you are done. Bunnies are very curious, and by curious I mean have a quick chew on anything at least once.

Lastly, never rely on telling your bunny off or using bitter sprays to stop your bunny chewing electrical cables. It wont stop them. Only hiding away the cables will make it totally safe.