You’ve decided to bring home a bunny and can’t wait to make it a part of your household environment. You are in for so much fun and companionship! Bunnies are ideal household pets because they are quiet, easy to train, and love to interact with you and the rest of the members of the household. However, keeping your bunny in the house also means you will have to be mindful of the dangers that your house holds for your little hopper. Here’s a simple checklist to help you bunny-proof your home.
What You’ll Need to Prepare Your Home for Your Bunny
- Plastic Sleeves or Wire Covers
- Baby Gates
- Split Flex Tubing
- Indoor Hutch or Enclosure
- Cabinet locks
1. Make sure all wiring is protected from your rabbit. – Rabbits love to chew and their sharp teeth can slice through the rubber coating of electrical cords like they are made from nothing. Not only can this lead to costly damages to your electronic items, such as lamps and computers, it can also be dangerous for your rabbit. To prevent this problem invest in hard plastic sleeves or wire covers to keep the cords protected.
2. Block off certain rooms where bunny will not be safe. – Your indoor bunny will enjoy free-roaming through the house and the exercise is healthy, but it is best to keep your bunny out of certain areas or contained to only a few rooms or the lowest level of the house. For this reason, it will be incredibly useful to have baby gates that can be situated in open doorways or at the entryways to stairways.
3. Protect wooden furniture legs with flex tubing. – In the rooms where your bunny will roam freely, you will have to protect wooden furniture legs because to your rabbit, these will look like giant chewy sticks that will be fun to nibble. Plastic flex tubing with a split down the centre offers a simple solution, it comes in many different sizes and can be cut to fit wooden pieces that could be in danger with a bunny in the house. Don’t forget about the table, chair, dresser, and sofa legs.
4. Instal cabinet locks on lower level cabinets. – If a rabbit is determined enough, they can pull open a cabinet door in the kitchen and help themselves to whatever is inside, which is rarely a good idea. To prevent this problem, instal cabinet locks or just make sure your cabinets firmly close in place with magnetic hardware inside the door frame.
5. Move any household plants up off of the ground. – Your bunny will see potted plants in the house as a fun place to dig around and will most likely try to nibble on leaves, vines, and flowers. Some household plants can be toxic to rabbits, so move any that you have up off of the floor so they will not be within reach.
6. Protect your bunny from other pets. – Other pets can be a threat to your new bunny because bunnies are natural prey to some common household pets, such as dogs and cats. For this reason, it is crucial that you provide your rabbit a safe place away from other pets that they can stay in when you are not around to supervise, such as a hutch, enclosure, or even a private room. If you do have other pets, it is also important to keep their food out of reach of the rabbit.
Preparing your home for the arrival of a new rabbit can take a little work. The overall goal is to ensure your home is just as safe for bunny as it is for the rest of the family. Take a look at some of the indoor hutches we have available on Rabbits.ie that will help you get ready for your new indoor pet.