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Bunnyproofing Basics

Bunnyproofing is a must for anyone who has rabbits. This is not only to protect your pet, it’s also to protect your belongings! Bunnies need to chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing, and aren’t particularly picky about what they nibble on. Floppy has definitely ruined a few things in her day! Read on as a Somerville, MA vet offers some bunnyproofing tips.

Baseboards/Furniture Legs

Baseboards are the perfect height for bunnies to nibble on. Furniture legs also make tempting targets. Protective coverings will help keep your pet from chewing on yours.

Wires/Cords

You definitely don’t want your furball chewing on wires. Floppy could seriously hurt herself, and could even start a fire! Plus, she could also ruin your electronics. Use protective casings and/or taste deterrents.

Plastics

Plastic bags, ties, and wrappers are all very dangerous to a frisky little furball! Keep these things out of reach of those little paws.

Openings

Rabbits are very curious, and like to fit into small openings. They also like getting beneath beds and sofas and chewing on the bottom upholstery. Block off spaces behind and beneath your furniture and cabinets.

Small/Sharp Items

Remove anything small and/or sharp, such as jewelry, rubber bands, safety pins, tacks, craft kit pieces, sewing kits, and beads. These are all unsafe for bunnies!

Carpet

Carpeting can also be a tempting target for a bunny. Consider putting some mats down in the area where Floppy is allowed to play. This will protect your rugs.

Toxins

Toxic plants are a definite concern for anyone with pets. (Tip: check the ASPCA site here for information on plants that are generally unsafe for animals.) You’ll also want to store chemicals and medications out of paws’ reach. This includes lawn/garden products, pesticides, automotive products, paints, and cleaning agents.

Tips

One thing that may help is to make barriers to block off areas you don’t want your pet getting into. Cardboard works great for this! It’s also important to make sure your bunny always has lots of toys to chew on. Change Floppy’s playthings out regularly to keep things fun and fresh for her. Last but not least, be sure to supervise your furball closely, especially at first. This is a good way to discover things you may have overlooked.

Do you have questions about caring for your bunny? Contact us anytime! As your Somerville, MA pet clinic, we’re happy to help!

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