Allowing your pet rabbit to run around the house is a good way to entertain him and tire him out. A tired bunny who’s able to release pent-up energy is less likely to resort to destructive behaviors. However, before you allow your bunny the run of the house, ensure that it’s safe and that he can’t destroy your priced possessions. The following rabbit proofing tips might help you out.
Get Rid of Poisonous plants
When I had my rabbits, I got rid of all the plants in the house. I didn’t want to take the risk of them nibbling on the plants and getting poisoned. Although not all plants are poisonous to rabbits, many are, and if you ever have any doubt whether a plant is toxic, it’s best to get rid of it. Check this list of poisonous plants provided by the House Rabbit Society just to make sure. I don’t recommend hanging plants from the ceiling, because if any leaves fall to the floor, your curious rabbit might still fall victim to it. Also, if you allow your bunny to roam in an escape-proof area outside, always observe him to make sure he’s not chewing on strange plants.
Cover Electrical Cords
Rabbits nibble on many things and electrical cords often seem to be their favorites. To prevent a potentially life threatening situation, cover visible electrical cords with wire concealers from the hardware store. The hard plastic wire covers make it impossible for a rabbit to get to the wires. You can also hide wires behind furniture so your bunny can’t get to them.
Protect Your Furniture
To prevent your rabbit from nibbling on wooden furniture, spray it with a commercial rabbit repellent. The repellent has an unpleasant taste that will make your furry pal think twice about gnawing at your furniture again. Alternatively, keep your rabbit out of the room with the furniture you’re trying to protect. Use baby gates to block his access or close the door to the room if you can’t observe your pet companion.
Provide Chew Alternatives
Making sure that your rabbit has a variety of chew toys can keep him from putting his teeth on items that are off-limits. Pieces of apple, an empty toilet roll, pine firewood, aspen branches and a box filled with hay can go a long way.