Rabbit Proofing Your House

Here are a few tips to protect your home from you pet rabbit. It’ll keep you sane and your rabbit out of trouble.

WIRES: Rabbits love to chew electronic wires, telephone wires, TV antennas wires, etc. Cover wires with plastic tubing that is available from most hardware or electronic stores (spiral cable wrap sold at Ikea). This tubing goes by several different names including plycon tubing, plumber’s tubing, vacuum tubing and “stuff to cover my wires” and comes in various sizes, and types of plastic (some are hard while others are soft and easily bendable). Some wires can be taped up on the wall and the tubing won’t be necessary, but check for hidden places that the rabbit may be able to get to that you can’t see, such as under a bed or behind furniture.

CORNERS: Some rabbits will chew on the corners of wood, walls or windows. This  is one reason to be patient and observe them before they can be allowed the run of the house. If they find a favorite spot to chew, you can purchase hard plastic corner protectors from hardware stores to affix over the area.

FURNITURE: For chair legs, kitchen cabinets, baseboards etc., a product called Bitter Apple (available at pet stores) can be applied to the area being chewed. This product has an extremely awful flavor and should deter any further chewing. Unfortunately, for some reason, a few rabbits may like the taste. Blocks, baskets boxes and other toys should also be kept around the house to give the rabbits something to chew rather than your furniture. White vinegar dabbed or sprayed on the areas they tend to chew more will also deter them. What I’ve used with Cooper is perfume, I spray perfume on the corners he prefers and that has deterred him from chewing them. On my baseboards I have rubbed ivory soap on them, my baseboards are white so you can’t see the soap and it also deters him from chewing the baseboards.

CARPET: Rabbits also like to chew carpeting and will occasionally even chew through furniture cushions to get to the foamy interiors. These materials can cause serious gastrointestinal upsets and even blockages that can be life threatening. Monitor rabbits closely when expanding their territory into your rooms in the house to make sure they do not indulge in any of these inappropriate chew toys.

PLANTS: Houseplants are often viewed as a salad bar by curious rabbits. However, may common houseplants are toxic when ingested and can expose bunnies to pesticides and fertilizers. Ideally, all houseplants should be kept out of reach, Meet your rabbit’s salad requirements by providing plenty of hay an fresh greens.