When living with indoor bunnies, one of your number responsibilities is to rabbit proof your home. And when you say ‘rabbit proof your home’, that means preventing any possible structure damages and at the same time, keeping your rabbits safe.
Well of course, the joys of living with a house rabbit would definitely be all worth it if you could protect your pets’ well-being and also your valuables.
So how do you do that? I’ll share with you how.
Electrical Wires and Some Other Cords
Electrical wires and cords are indeed very hazardous to rabbits. As a matter of fact, chewing through it could cause burns, and worse, electrocution.
To avoid these things from happening, do not just raise the cords and put it in an area that is out of their reach. Take note that when rabbits sit up on their hind legs, they can still stretch a foot or more. Therefore, it would be best to secure the cords behind your furniture pieces. As an added precautionary measure, hide the wires with cord concealers, cable wraps, or PVC pipes.
By nature, rabbits are chewers, which mean they chew almost anything they see like wood. Though bitter spray sometimes works to deter them, it’s not always the most effective solution because rabbits prefer bitter tastes.
Thus, the best solution for this would be to go against the rabbit’s natural chewing instinct. What does this mean? Training your pet not to chew the wooden pieces at home can definitely help. Instead of scolding him for chewing on wood, provide different chew toys instead.
Like other pets, rabbits could not resist those soft carpets. Because of their extreme admiration for such fleecy objects, they might end up pulling it to different corners of the room or maybe chew on them. So to prevent this, simply protect your carpets by using wood or carpet runners.
Rabbits don’t just chew wooden furniture; they also chew on upholstery even to the bottom-most parts you don’t see. At first, they may create tiny holes for them to get in. And in the long run, they will just climb to it, creating further damage to the interior.
To minimize the risks of harming your rabbit and destroying your upholstery, put a wooden frame or use anything with PVC tubing under the furniture. That way, you can block the rabbit’s access.
If you want, you can also purchase clear plastic carpet runners that feature tiny spikes on the bottom. These items can discourage your rabbit from destroying upholstery.
Books, Magazines, and Newspapers
Even if it’s the last week’s paper, it isn’t just right for rabbits to chew on newspapers. Aside from that fact that it could create such a great mess, it may also pose a threat to their health.
Don’t fret because there’s always a solution to that. Instead of using wooden bookcases, why not use one that features a glass front. And then, put the magazines, books, and newspapers in bins that are chew-proof. Those that are made of metal or plastic would suffice.
Also, do not put the books on the lowest shelf of the bookcase. Again, rabbits might be able to reach them.
Cleaning supplies like rags, sponges, detergents, and rubber gloves could be very harmful, not only to us, but also to rabbits.
Even if the chemical is sealed in a container, there are still possibilities that they could reach out for it and begin to chew the containers. As a result, there could be spills, especially if the cap is not tight. A better solution for this is to keep these items in elevated cupboards.
Kitchen or Dining Area
For a curious animal like a rabbit, the kitchen could be a very hazardous place. This adorable creature could be easily enticed by the looks of an open drawer or cupboard. Hence, removing a rabbit’s access to these areas would imply avoiding the possibilities of hurting him.
Every after use, make sure you close the drawers and cupboards. Additionally, block off any areas where appliances are installed. With that, the rabbits won’t be able to get behind them.
A trash bin, grocery bag, and other low tables with food would appear very inviting to a hungry rabbit. And it’s something that needs not to be explained further.
However, if you do not want them devouring on dangerous food or your personal supplies, it is better that you keep your foods about 2 feet off the ground. For the waste bins, just make sure they are covered. That is to make sure your rabbits won’t fall over.
Some houseplants could be toxic to rabbits. And even if they are not poisonous, a rabbit is capable of making a huge mess out of a potted plant.
Honestly, plastic pots won’t be a great alternative because there are chemicals in it that could result in gastrointestinal complications. Perhaps, choosing a better location would do the trick. Hang plants from the ceiling or put them on top of tables that are out of your rabbit’s reach.
If you have enough time, you can even find indoor rabbit hutches that have built-in planters. Not only will it save you space. It’ll also make a wonderful addition to your home.
Now, you are going to be a great rabbit guardian! So do your best to protect him. If you like to get more insights on how to keep your pet rabbits happy and healthy, grab a copy of the eBook below.