Pet rabbits are naturally curious animals and chewing is one way they investigate. Their teeth grow constantly so they need to chew. Unfortunately, this can be hazardous to your pet rabbit and the multitudes of cords and cables in your home. There are ways, however, to allow your rabbit plenty of exercise in the house while protecting cords. By thinking strategically, you can allow your rabbit the freedom it needs without worry.
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Things you need
- Items for rabbit to chew
- Plastic tubing or cable covers
- Mesh wire or screen (optional)
- Baby gate or puppy pen (optional)
Give your rabbit plenty of good things to chew. Twigs, sticks, bark, pine cones, untreated leather, woven grass balls, toilet paper tubes and small pieces of cardboard make excellent items that satisfy your rabbit's need to gnaw.
Shield all the cords and cables you see. Many home improvement stores offer a variety of items that provide protection, from flexible corrugated tubing to protective cable covers that lie flat on the floor. Cable tidies are another alternative to protecting cords. Protect bunches of cords by bundling them together and covering with screen or mesh. Furniture is a great way to cover cords. Consider rearranging and use bookshelves, cabinets, chairs and rugs to hide cords. Use slats, books, pillows or mesh wire to block underneath beds, sofas and chairs. PVC tubing works well to protect chair and table legs when your bunny is out.
Block off rooms with several dangerous areas, such as sewing or computer rooms or workout areas. If you don't have a door to close, use fencing to limit access. You can buy different types of fencing from the pet store or you can use household items such as books or boxes. Baby gates and pens made for puppies work fine but make sure anything you use is made of metal.
Tips and warnings
- When you see your rabbit chewing something it shouldn't be, pick it up and place it in a different area with one of its chew toys.
- Use positive reinforcement with your rabbit. Reward it with treats, petting or praise for chewing on its toys.
- Some rabbits can jump up to 3 feet. Keep this in mind when you're surveying the inside of your home.
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