Rabbit Care – How to Bunny Proof Your Home

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rabbit care expert Aileen Kara Hudspeth discusses rabbit care and how to bunny proof your home.

    Aileen Kara Hudspeth: Hi, my name is Aileen Kara Hudspeth with Friends of Rabbits. I am talking about how to care for your rabbit and today, we are going to discuss bunny proofing your home. In front of me, you will see an array of things, toys that we have talked about in the previous clip. Bunny proofing involves not only giving them options of things that you approve, but it also means preventing them from finding other things in your home that may not be bunny proof. You will find quickly that your rabbit likes to chew everything, even things you did not think they would want to. For instance, corners of your walls in your house. So what you can use is plastic guard like this to protect that corner so that does not happen. Wires in your home could easily be chewed by a rabbit if they are able to gain access to that wire sitting under your table or under your bed. Obviously, it is not a good idea for rabbits to be biting on low voltage, hazardous to their health. There are options that you can look at for taking care of protecting your wires that you have in your household. For instance, even some plastic tubing that you could use to protect those wires and encase them, can still be chewed on, but what it does is it allows you to have some extra time to prevent them from actually getting to the wires and allows you to replace it later. There are some other options of tubing you can use for cables such as this. A rabbit if they work hard enough will be able to get into it, but for the meantime you can slip your wire in and protect it and keep an eye on it to see if a rabbit has started chewing or trying to chew through the plastic tubing. Some plastic tubing you have to be careful of does allow for gaps in it and that would allow more access to those same wires you are trying to protect them from finding. Carpet is another thing that they like to dig and chew on. For instance, I am holding a porcelain square which could easily be put in a corner of a room where perhaps they like digging the carpet up from the edges, pulling it up. This porcelain tablet is obviously heavy enough for them where they cannot kick it up or pull it up and that would protect your carpet.

    Obviously, toys are a distraction that is what we suggest. We do not want you to have to take everything out of your house, but if you give them fun toys like this, you will end up having fun toys that get eaten to shreds, but the rabbit enjoys it and so do you because they are not getting anything you did not want them to have. Lots of the toys will get eaten in pieces and keep providing them more toys because that shows you that they are making the right choices of what they are choosing to bite instead of biting your books which may be sitting on your book shelf. In turn, toys are your options to keep them away from things you do not want them to find and bunny proofing your home is very important and these are just some steps on how to make that happen.