It can be very upsetting to come home and discover your bunny has stared chewing your wall paper. If left this habit can do quite a bit of damage. So how do you let them know it is bad without causing stress and ending up with a grumpy bunny.
The answer is to use a combination of gentle discipline to set a firm boundary and provide lots of acceptable alternatives to keep them entertained.
The answer is to use a combination of gentle discipline and acceptable alternatives
In this guide we show you the best way to discipline your bunny, hopefully approaching it in a way kind enough that is does cause stress.
We also have lots of ideas for toys that will keep your bunny busy and show you how to set them out to keep you bunny away from your wallpaper.
Follow our guide and learn how to courage your bunny to stay away from your walls so you can relax without the worry.
Great chewing alternative to keep your bunny busy
It's quite natural for your bunny to forage about for fibrous materials to chew however if they get a taste for your wall paper they can do a lot of damage very quickly. To help limit this sort of damage make sure you bunny has lots of things to chew on as an alternative.
Its best to provide lots of chew toys that can act as a tasty distraction. There are many chew toys that can be bought from pet stores. The favorites seem to be softer toys made from wicker however, these may not last as long as a solid wooden toy. Wicker balls are good as there is the additional fun of rolling them around. Grass mats are also a favorite amongst bunny parents however they can be a bit messy when they fall apart.
If your bunny loves shredding paper, then you can contain this behavior and mess and have a lot of fun by building a digging box.
It's just a larger cardboard box filled with suitable martial like paper and straw that your bunny will love.
Place it over they area where you bunny has been chewing you wall paper and encourage them to play in the box instead. This will keep they away from the wall and with a few kind words and treats they will soon be distracted from the wallpaper.
Looking for fiber to eat, always give your bunny a stack of hay to much
Chewing paper help wears down their teeth, old toilet roll tubes make great chew toys
Using gentle discipline to guide you bunny
Firstly, it's important to understand that you should never be tempted to shout at or hit your bunny. They don't get this sort of punishment and the stress can make them timid, or even aggressive.
The best way to let your bunny know it's now allowed to do something is to say their name with a firm NO! Then move them over to something you don't mind them chewing and reassure them they are being good.
If this does not work a stronger deterrent can be to keep a water mister to hand and when you catch your bunny chewing or scratching spray a mist of cold water over them. Make sure it's clean and never squirt your bunny as the spray can hurt them if it hits them in the face.
Remember to only do this if you catch your bunny in the act or not only will you be wasting your time you bunny will not understand why they are being disciplined as they would have forgotten about it.