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Bunnyproofing 101

Are you considering adopting a bunny? These charming little furballs can make absolutely wonderful pets. If you’ve never had a bunny before, you’ll want to do some research before making a final decision, however. Caring for a rabbit is quite different from caring for a dog or cat! One thing that is very important to all rabbit parents is bunnyproofing. Bunnies need to chew to keep their teeth healthy, and they aren’t very discriminating about what they chew on. Therefore, in order to keep both your pet and your belongings safe, you’ll need to bunnyproof your home. A Fayetteville, NC vet offers bunnyproofing tips in this article.

Wires

Make sure to secure any live wires, or cover them in protective casings. Floppy could seriously hurt herself if she chews on an electrical cord! You’ll also want to make sure to secure drape cords so that your pet can’t reach them.

Baseboards

Baseboards are the perfect height for bunnies to nibble on, so you’ll want to be sure to cover or protect yours. Skirting boards are a good choice for this.

Empty Spaces

Never underestimate the power of a bunny to get into mischief! Block off any open spaces beneath beds, sofas, and chairs, and behind cabinets and appliances.

Furniture Legs

Wooden furniture legs can be very difficult for bunnies to resist! Use protective coverings to safeguard the legs of tables, chairs, and other furniture.

Carpet

Bunnies often tear, eat, or shred rugs. We recommend putting mats down on Floppy’s play zone.

Small Items

Purses, books, shoes, pens, and other small items should all be stored safely out of your pet’s reach. Also, keep those closet doors shut when Floppy is out of her cage!

Chemicals

Store chemicals and medicines in a secure spot. Cleaning agents, automotive products, paints, varnishes, and other chemicals can be very dangerous to your little pal!

Training

Bunnies are quite capable of learning what they should and shouldn’t chew. If Floppy nibbles inappropriately, don’t punish her: simply tell her ‘No’, and offer her a chew toy instead. Bitter spray can also help redirect your furball away from inappropriate items.

Toys

Provide Floppy with plenty of safe, appropriate chew toys. Wood, wicker, cardboard, and paper items can all make suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Do you have questions about bunny care? We can help! Contact us, your Fayetteville, NC vet clinic, anytime.

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