Have you recently decided to get a rabbit? Rabbits are undeniably cute, but they are quite different from dogs or cats. One thing that it is very important for you to understand is that your adorable pet is a bit of a chewing machine. Because bunnies have open-rooted teeth, they must chew almost constantly to keep their teeth from overgrowing. What that means for you, as a bunny owner, is that you’ll need to carefully bunnyproof all rooms your furry pal will have access to in order to protect your pet and belongings. In this article, a NW Las Vegas, NV vet offers tips on bunnyproofing.
Furniture legs can be an easy target for Floppy. Use protective casing, PVC pipe, or hard plastic tubing on furniture legs. Bunnies also like to tear into the bottom upholstery of beds, couches, and chairs, so block off that space. Simple cardboard boxes will do the trick, and won’t show.
Baseboards and Walls
You’ll definitely need to protect your baseboards, as they are at the perfect height for your bunny to chew. You can use boards, pet gates, or clear plastic sheets to protect walls and baseboards.
Drapes and Carpets
Protect the carpets in Floppy’s play zone by putting down mats or runners. Many bunnies find drapes irresistible. Choose drapes that aren’t full length, and don’t let the cords hang down.
Floppy can find all sorts of things to chew on in a closet! Keep closet doors closed, and put only storage containers on the floor.
You can buy protective covers for wires and cables. Spiral cable wrap, plastic tubing, PVC pipe, or wire concealers will all work.
Secure lower-level cupboards with childproof latches. Block off open areas that would otherwise give Floppy access to the space behind your appliances.
Many plants are toxic to bunnies. Remove any unsafe plants. While some plants can be hung, you’ll still need to be careful of fallen leaves.
The best way to keep both your pet and your belongings safe is to combine bunnyproofing with training. Though it can take time and patience, you can teach your furry pal proper chewing habits. Also, be sure to provide Floppy with lots of chew toys. Change them out frequently to keep things interesting for her.
Please contact us, your NW Las Vegas, NV vet clinic, with any questions about bunny care.