You might be the type of person that doesn’t like your beloved pet sitting in its rabbit cage all day long, and if that’s the case, you need to bunny proof your home, and the following guide will teach you how to do just that. If you also want to learn how to feed your bunny properly, you can check our top picks and guide regarding rabbit diets.
Finding the problems
When it comes to potential problems, the following should be considered: cables, holes, sharp objects, and chemicals. You need to protect your home and the bunny too, especially knowing that rabbits are curious by nature and they like to chew a lot.
Although this may sound like a funny idea, you should look around the house as if you were a rabbit yourself and see what draws your attention and makes you want to interact with.
By doing this you have a greater chance of finding objects that can pose a risk to your pet. You should look for any type of chemicals that can be touched or containers that can be tipped or accessed with ease. You should know that pesticides and bleach are highly toxic to rabbits and thus you should put them as far away as possible, to make it impossible for the rabbits to reach.
A bigger worry, however, is in the form of electric cables. Bunnies love to chew on them. You can’t really train your rabbit to stay away from danger so you have to keep the danger far. Also, look for cracks or small openings – they are the places where your pet might get stuck in.
Solving the cables problem
Cables are common in every household and often easy to access. You will need to cover all the cables and also look for cables attached to heavier objects like a kettle or toaster. These can be dragged down and they can cause damage.
There are more methods to keep your rabbits away from your cables. Although you can find some basic solutions like packing your unused cables and limiting the use of them as much as possible, you can also cover the cables that can’t be removed.
One of the easiest solutions is to use spiral cable wrap. Covering the cables in a protective layer, the spiral ensures that the cords can still be moved around. This is the best solution for those wires that you need to move frequently, like phone chargers, extension cords or laptop chargers.
But looking at the spiral wraps, you can see that they aren’t very resistant and a persistent rabbit can break through them. An alternative to them is the plastic tubing. You can find tubings in a hardware or aquarium store and you can use a knife to cut them to the dimensions you need.
Filling in the holes
Because they are burrowing species, bunnies want to explore and get into holes or gaps that they can find. Rather than attempting yourself to fill in a crack or a hole that may represent a risk for your bunny, you should find someone qualified to do the job for you. A professional can make sure that quality materials are used and your rabbit is kept safe.
You can also cover a crack using a piece of furniture or other objects, but if you decide to take on this approach, make sure whatever you use to cover the hole is heavy enough so your rabbit can’t move it.
But don’t only think about holes in walls or anything like that, as you need to consider things such as the gaps between the floor and some pieces of furniture. Furthermore, because rabbits are natural diggers, they will look for any occasion to dig and they often want to do that on the carpets.
Although digging in a carpet doesn’t get them anywhere, they still ruin the fabric. To avoid that you can use untreated seagrass mats to cover those places where they like to dig. Or you could rearrange your furniture around to stop them from digging in the same spot.
Limiting access to areas
Taking into account that some bunnies can jump 36 inches or even higher, it’s important to keep them away from certain areas, like a hot stove for example. Their curiosity can bring them up on chairs or tables and you can’t always keep those places clean of dangerous objects or substances and thus you must stop the bunny from getting there in the first place.
To block access to whole rooms or part of rooms you can use baby gates or puppy pens. However, keep in mind that they should be made of metal, otherwise the rabbit will chew at them. The bars or slats should be as close together as possible, otherwise, your pet can get through them.
If you find that the space between the bars is too wide, you can zip tie objects such as plastic or metal panels to the bottom part, so the bunnies can’t squeeze through. But make sure they can’t chew them either.
A general rule is to always keep your doors shut, so you don’t lose your rabbit, or don’t run the risk of it going in places you don’t want it to. You can also get screens for some or all of your windows, so if you want to get some air in, you can still keep your bunny inside.
Watch out for plants
In the wild, rabbits usually have knowledge of what plants cause harm to them and which of them are good. But domesticated bunnies don’t have that instinct and they will chew on almost anything, including plants that may be harmful to them. That is why it is best if you keep the plants away from them, especially if you don’t want to do the research on each plant you own.
Tulips, poinsettia, tomato leaves, and other common plants are very dangerous for rabbits. You can find lists of what plants are dangerous for your pet. If you want to keep the plants away for their own safety too, make sure that if you place them somewhere up, the rabbits can’t get them down.