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Bunnyproofing Basics

Have you recently adopted a bunny? If so, you’ve brought an adorable new friend into your home! These super cute furballs can make absolutely wonderful pets. Floppy has some very different care needs than Fido and Fluffy, however, so if you’re a first-time bunny parent, you’ll want to do plenty of research. One thing that is very important for bunny parents to understand is that rabbits must chew to keep their teeth healthy. Therefore, you’ll need to bunnyproof any rooms your pet will have access to. In this article, a Parry Sound, ON veterinarian offers some tips on bunnyproofing.

Wires

Floppy could get seriously hurt or even start a fire if she were to chew on a live wire! Your pet could also pull a lamp or appliance on top of herself. Be sure to secure or remove wires and cords.

Toxic Substances

Many common household items are toxic to your furry little buddy. Household chemicals, such as cleaning agents, lawn and garden products, and automotive chemicals are very dangerous to bunnies! Keep these things secured in childproof cabinets. You’ll also want to be sure to remove any unsafe plants. Medicine is another thing to be careful of: never leave medications within Floppy’s reach.

Home Interior

Your carpets, baseboards, cabinet doors, and doors could all make tempting targets for your adorable little chewing machine. Use protective coverings to keep your things from getting damaged.

Personal Items

Don’t leave shoes, purses, books, or other personal items out in the open when Floppy is out of her cage. It’s worth noting that, to a bunny, an open closet door can be an invitation for mischief!

Furniture

Furniture legs are at the perfect height for your adorable pet to nibble on. Use protective coverings to keep them from becoming a target. We also recommend blocking off the spaces beneath sofas and beds, as that bottom upholstery may prove irresistible to Floppy.

Additional Tips

Bunnies are quite capable of learning what they should or shouldn’t chew. When Floppy nibbles inappropriately, clap your hands or thump your foot to discourage her. Also, make sure she has plenty of appropriate chew toys, such as wood, wicker, cardboard, and paper items. Ask your vet for specific advice on choosing safe and suitable toys.

Do you have any questions or concerns about bunny care? We can help! Call us, your Parry Sound, ON animal hospital, today!

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