Once you decide on housing your pet rabbit indoors, one of the essentials you need to learn for proper rabbit care is to rabbit proof your home. Rabbits’ instinct is to chew, and by this, it means they chew a lot! They will go for your furniture, baseboard, rugs, carpet, and almost anything they desire including electric wires. Rabbit proofing your home will not only make your house a safe haven for rabbits, but it will also save you time and money for fixing damages that these little furry creatures could create.
The Things You Need: Rabbit Care and Rabbit Proofing Your Home
Here are the supplies you need for bunny proofing your home. Having these around for rabbit care and protection will make your life a lot easier.
• Wire tubing
This is very important and must be on your top list. Wires are made of rubber which is very chewable and this is a very good candidate for a rabbit’s enjoyment. Protecting your rabbit from chewing live wires requires that you enclose them with durable PVC tubes that can be bought at hardware stores or home supplies stores. Make sure that your rabbits would have very hard time chewing the tube until they are trained that these are not made for them to chew. As for appliance wires, make sure to don’t let them hang around where rabbits can reach them.
• Furniture leg covers
Rabbits love to chew on woods and it is a good exercise for them to make their teeth stronger. This is why your expensive wooden furniture is not safe when your pet rabbit is on the loose. For large leg covers, you can use PVC pipes to cover them but since the sizes and the form of you furniture legs may vary, you can cover them with flexible tubes you can find in hard ware stores. You can also improvise leg covers using cardboards.
• Baseboard covers
Aside from your wooden furniture, baseboards are also a chewable object for pet rabbits. You can use plastic panels or fence to cover them while your pet rabbit is at large inside your home.
You will need to use this lot of times. Aside from using this as baseboard covers, cardboards are also good in covering upholstered furniture and beds. However, rabbits can chew through cardboards particularly younger and curious ones. Having cardboards around is a good tool for rabbit care and in training your rabbits to be well-mannered house pets.
• Rabbit pen or puppy pen (X-pen)
Rabbit pen is an essential in housing your pet rabbit indoors. Like cardboards, it has many uses in protecting both your pet rabbit and your stuff at home. Rabbit pen is a good barrier that can be used in blocking the areas of your house where you want your rabbits to keep off like in your kitchen or in your bedroom. Furthermore, rabbit pen is also used to contain your pets in times you don’t want them exploring your house like when you’re on a general cleaning mode or during their confinement hours.
Keep in mind the rabbits can hop as high as 36 inches so you may want to exceed your pen a bit higher especially in the areas of your home where you seriously need to keep them away.
• Carpet protector
This is one of the first things to consider before you decide raising rabbits at home. You don’t want to be scratching your head in frustration when you see your precious carpet or mat into pieces apart. You also don’t want furballs of carpet to be swallowed by your pet. This is one of the major dilemmas most pet owners encounter when they grow domestic rabbits at home. To keep both your carpet and pet rabbit protected, start with the corners and edges of your carpet first because these are the parts where your rabbit will start chewing on. Place any heavy objects on the corners so that your rabbits can’t lift and flip the carpet.
Chewing of carpets is not only your main concern because rabbits like to dig as much as they like to chew. Cover your carpet with sea grass matting but only choose the naturally manufactured seagrass mats so that it’s safe if your rabbit gets to swallow it. It would be better if you replace your carpet with sea grass mats or to just keep your rabbits off in the carpeted areas of your home.
So far, these are the things you need to rabbit proof your home and their purposes for rabbit care and protection. As long as you have them in place, there is nothing much to worry about. Your pet rabbit will be safe from health issues and from electrocution while you can keep your household organized and your precious valuables well maintained.