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Bunnyproofing Tips

July 15, 2021

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Congratulations! As you may soon find out, bunnies are much more mischievous than their innocent, adorable faces may imply. Floppy is basically a tiny, super cute chewing machine. In order to keep your pet safe, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. A Chesapeake, VA vet offers some advice on this below.


Plants

Toxic plants are a huge danger to bunnies. Make sure that your home only contains safe ones. The ASPCA has a list here . While this directory isn’t tailored to bunnies, if something is listed as unsafe for other animals, it’s probably not good for Floppy either. Your vet can give you more information.


Wires And Cords

Floppy has definitely chewed through her fair share of phone chargers and appliance cords. This can be quite dangerous! Use coverings or taste deterrents on anything you can’t move out of paws’ reach.


Baseboards/Furniture Legs

These things are the perfect height for your furry buddy to nibble at. Taste deterrents can help, but you’ll have to reapply them regularly. You may want to get protective coverings.


Rabbit Holes

Rabbits are quite small, and they can fit into some pretty small openings. Block Floppy’s access to the spaces beneath and behind furniture and cabinets. You can use plastic storage totes to seal off spots beneath beds and sofas.


Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp is a potential hazard to your fuzzy friend. This includes things like beads, jewelry pieces, coins, craft pieces, sewing kit pieces, pens, pencils, paperclips, and tacks, just to name a few.


Personal Items

Be sure to keep things like shoes, purses, and phones in spots where Floppy can’t get to them. It’s worth pointing out that an open closet can be a goldmine for rabbits. Keep closet doors closed.


Chemicals

The average household contains quite a few toxic items that are dangerous to rabbits. This includes household cleaning products, automotive products, fertilizer, aerosols, and other common household goods. Consider getting childproof locks for your cupboards.


Baby Gates

In some cases, it may be easier to block Floppy’s access to entire rooms. Consider getting some baby gates. If you want, you can bunnyproof a specific room, and keep your bunny there. Just be sure to visit her regularly: your pet won’t be happy if she’s always alone.


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