Rabbit-Proofing Your House
Rabbit-proofing your house is extremely important if your bunny is going to spend any time indoors with you. It's a matter of your rabbit's safety and keeping your home in tact. By following our step, you can rest assure that your house is 100% rabbit-proof!
Why rabbit-proof your house?
Rabbits just love to chew, but they shouldn't be allowed to chew the wrong things in your house. Their safety is very important if they are allowed to roam around the lounge while you sit back and watch the television! If you want your home to be kept in tip-top condition the rabbit-proofing will help ensure that furniture and skirting boards aren't ruined!
Here are some potential hazards and problem areas that we hav identified together with a solution for rabbit-proofing them. Here goes...
Electrical Cords and Wires
Perhaps the most dangerous to a rabbit in the home, electrical cords are a very big threat to your bunny. Have a look around for power cords, phone wires, television leads and so on. If you can raise these cables at least a metre off the floor then your bunny may not be able to reach them.
Alternatively, use pastic spiral or trunking to conceal and organise the cables and keep them away from your rabbit. Do remember however, that your rabbit may still nibble through the plastic to get to the wires. Remember to keep an eye on your rabbit to ensure this isn't happening.
The first step to rabbit-proofing your home is to identify cables and wires that are dangerous to your bunny!
Closets, Cupboards and Drawers
Ensure that all doors and drawers are firmly shut. As rabbits are inquisitive they will love to crawl into small spaces and see what is available to chew on! This is particularly important in your kitchen where there are tins and sharp utensils. If you still want your shoes in mint condition, then close the door on them or move them somewhere completely out of reach.
Rabbit-proof some more by ensuring cupboards and drawers are closed!
Upholstery, Furniture and Curtains
Rabbits love furniture and curtains. Rabbit-proofing these may be more difficult than other hazards. Rabbits are likely to chew furniture and upholstery given the chance. Many rabbits will enjoy creeping under your sofa and chew the soft underside and into the heart of the materials. To help prevent this, sheets of plywood or board can be placed around the sofa so they can't get at it.
Rabbits will also find curtains very appealing. To stop them pulling and chewing on them, lift them up when your rabbit is in the house. Alternatively ensure that you don't have full-length curtains.
The same also applies to baseboards or skirting boards - cover them over before your rabbit chews on them.
If you want your furniture and curtains looking nice, beware of your rabbit, and rabbit-proof then to stop chewing!
Plants can be toxic
It is vitally important that your rabbit does not chew or eat the plants in your house as many of them are toxic to bunnies. Even if they aren't toxic, your rabbit will still make a good mess if they want.
Simply place plants on tables or surfaces that your rabbit can't reach.
Use common sense
A variety of other dangers or hazards to your rabbit exist in the home which should also be addressed when you are rabbit-proofing. These include exterior doors left open, fireplaces, candles, cleaning products, crazy children, plastic bags, food and baby toys.
Rabbit proofing your home is relatively easy. Cover, conceal or hide anything you don't want to be chewed and remove toxic or dangerous items and plants.