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Bunnyproofing Basics

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Congratulations on your furry new arrival! Floppy is a very cute and lovable pet. Rabbits are quite different from dogs and cats, however. One thing that is crucial for bunny owners to understand is the fact that these little furballs will chew on anything and everything. This isn’t because they are trying to be destructive. Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, and can develop painful dental issues if they don’t chew enough. Therefore, some bunnyproofing is definitely in order. Here, a Cedar Park, TX vet offers some advice on making your home safe for your adorable pet.

Baseboards/Furniture Legs

Baseboards and furniture legs are too conveniently placed for Floppy to pass up. Use protective coverings or taste deterrent to keep your furball from chewing them.

Openings

Rabbits like to squeeze into small places, like the spot under your bed. They often nibble on bottom upholstery. Seal off any spaces Floppy could potentially fit into, such as the spaces behind and beneath furniture and cabinets.

Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp should be kept in secure spots your bunny can’t reach. This includes things like jewelry, tacks, fishing lures, craft kit pieces, hair accessories, rubber bands, pen caps, and safety pins.

Plastic Bags and Ties

Plastic grocery bags are extremely dangerous to bunnies. Plastic food wrappers are also a concern, as are the ties that hold beverage packs together.

Personal Items

Nothing within range is off limits to Floppy! Keep shoes, purses, cell phones, and other small objects out of paws’ reach. We also recommend keeping closet doors closed.

Rugs

Rabbits sometimes like to chew on carpet fibers. You may want to put a mat or throw rug down in your bunny’s play zone to protect your carpets.

Toxins

The average home contains quite a few things that are dangerous for rabbits. Human medicines are one concern. Toxic plants, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, pesticides, and automotive chemicals are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.

Tips

Bunnies are quite smart, and are capable of learning what they should and should not chew on. Offer Floppy lots of suitable toys. Also, if you see her nibbling on something she shouldn’t, reprimand her right away by clapping your hands or saying ‘No’ firmly.

Please call us, your Cedar Park, TX vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about bunny care. We’re here to help!

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