How To Bunny Proof Your Home

Bunnies love to chew, chew, and chew some more! They adventure around until they find something that looks satisfying enough for them to chew on. All buns are different of course so you may have a chewer and you may not. But keep in mind, just because he isn’t chewing early on doesn’t mean he wont eventually. Bunny proofing your home is very important! Especially if your bun is free range. Some things may look a little bit silly, but the safety of your rabbit should be top priority.

Wires

I think a bunny’s favorite thing to chew on is probably your cords and wires. I don’t know what is so appealing to them, but they are. There are many different ways to fix this issue. Before I get into it I must say people always tell me about how they don’t want to do anything to their cords because it looks “silly” or “dumb.” Honestly though, you shouldn’t have exposed wires in the first place so adding something on to them won’t or shouldn’t be seen. The way I protect my wires is with wires covers. I use a plastic hose looking one I get from Amazon! You can also go to your local hardware store and get a plastic tube to put around your wires. There are so many different ways and people can get pretty creative with how they proof things. Click here and here to see what I use and if you don’t like that, you should definitely explore other options or come up with your own!

The covers can also go for certain furniture as long as you find ones that fit! Cardboard tubes work well!

Baseboards

Your baseboards are also at risk of being chewed up by bunnies. To fix this issue you can get plastic coverings, wooden panels, or you can even use fabric to hide them. Some people elect to not even have baseboards at all. A really good way is by using wire panels. They are the same things you can use for ex pens as I talked about in the “How To Care For a Bunny.” You should check that article out of you haven’t yet! 😉

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Blocking Off Areas

Do you have any places in your home you don’t want your bunny in? No problem! The easiest fix for this is baby gates or puppy pens. You must remember a few things though, bunnies can jump 2 feet or higher in the air if they want to. They can also squeeze into tight spaces. With that being said you should look for a gate that doesn’t have big gaps and is high enough for them not to jump over. Make sure the gate is made of metal for they will chew through in not time! If you can not find a gate with small gaps then wire panels are a grate fix for that. You can just tie them to the gate and TADA! I would advise you use flat carpet/rugs that are not loose. Buns love to dig and bite up carpet/rugs. Loose carpet can make them sick so beware of that. Keep your bunnies away from under your bed and chairs with springs too!

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House Plants

Plants in your home are not a good idea with bunnies around. Many are very toxic and can make your bun sick and even cause death. Your pet will not always know what to eat and not to eat so if you would like a plant around do your research to keep your bunny safe! If you still really want a certain plant, choose to keep it in an area your bunny can not go.

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Should I Get My Bunny a Friend?

The answer is: YES!

Bunnies are social animals. They love the companionship of humans, but even more so another bunny. Keep in mind getting your bunny a friend is not as easy as it seems. Bunnies can be very territorial and dominating to one another which makes the bonding process difficult at times. Don’t let that discourage you though, bun buds can be very close and happy just being near each other. There really is a process to follow so read on so you don’t make too many mistakes!

Spay/Nueter

If you are considering getting another bunny it is a really good idea to spay/neuter your existing bun. Lets say you have a female bun and go to the pet store to buy a friend for her and they give you one that they swear is the same gender. Then a month later you have a litter on your hands which is a not a situation most want to be in. Not only is breeding an issue, but females bunnies tend to be VERY territorial and unforgiving when it comes to another bunny being in or near where they sleep and eat. Spaying calms the bunnies down enough to where you can at least get them in the same place without too many complications. Fixing them will also cut off all of those eating urges. You may see them mounting each other, but it is to show dominance. If they are mounting too much or too long then you should get them away from each other for a bit.

Bonding Process

I have found what works best to start off is keeping the bunnies in separate pins. Far enough not to bite, but close enough for them to be curious of the other. After a day or two of this get both bunnies in a small area together. (A bathtub, large closet, or ex-pen) They will probably not be very lovey at first. They may chase, bite, hump, or run around like crazy for a number of reasons. If they are not fighting then it’s safe to say the date is going well. What I do is sit and watch and if the playing gets too rough I will put an object in between them. After that I will pet both bunnies ensuring them that everything is okay before ending the date. You cannot end a bonding session on a bad note because they will remember and associate the other bun with bad vibes. Repeat this process until you are comfortable putting putting them together. If you are still worried they aren’t ready you can have your bunnies switch cages for a night or two or even many. They will learn and become comfortable with the other’s scent making it easier for them to accept one another. I have also found feeding them together helps a whole lot. Timothy Hay has worked best for me. You can get some right here for a good price!

So Why Should You Get Another Bunny?

  • Bunnies are social animals and crave that interaction
  • You will have two very happy and bonded buns 🙂
  • It is so so cute to see them cuddling to sleep, grooming, and playing together
  • Bunnies have intense feelings and loving another bunny will ensure a healthy happy life
  • Loneliness can cause depression which may even lead to death

Why Not Though?

  • Double the cuteness, but that also means double the money in most cases (vet, food, and accessories)
  • You may not be able to fix your bunnies which will lead to complications
  • Some people may not have the space or time for another bunny to join
  • There is no guarantee the pair of bunnies you want to bond, will

Anyways….

You just need to weigh your options and figure out if you have the time and money for another bunny to enter your home. If you do, it is a great option for the one you have. As long as you follow the steps of fixing your bunny and the bonding process you should be fine! If you feel you cannot get another bun then don’t worry, your bunny in most cases will be okay. I have had bunnies who were better off with a partner and some who really just preferred being alone. Bunny adoptions centers such as Indiana House Rabbit Society will gladly help you find the perfect friend for your bunny by setting up a meet and greet and talking you through all of your options. I strongly recommend getting in touch with the closest bunny shelter to you!!

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How to Care for a Bunny

Before you actually go out and buy a bunny you need to weigh the pros and cons. A bunny is such an amazing pet as long as you keep up with its needs. In this article I will help you get ready for your new bundle of excitement. I will give you every product and piece of advice you will need. Read on, rookie, and become a bunny expert in no time! I will teach you how to care for a bunny. Links to the best products (which I have tested) for your bun will be below each section.

Cage

There is A LOT of debate about cages in the bunny community. We all know how your local pet store will have an aisle dedicated to bunnies. You will see cages with a bunny on the box stating the cage is a paradise or something like that, wwelllll don’t buy those. They are WAY TOO SMALL for your new pet. Consider this when choosing an enclosure, would you put your dog or cat in it? If the answer is no, then don’t put your bunny in it. I recommend an ex-pen! They are much cheaper than a smaller cage and provide enough space for your bunny to binky and be happy.

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An example of an ex-pen cage

Food

A bunny’s diet consists of mainly hay and some pellets along with a little bit of veggies/fruit. Again, think back to the bunny aisle at the pet store. You can’t just buy everything you see with a cute picture of a bunny on it. First of all you need to remember to feed your rabbit mainly hay. Timothy Hay seems to be what bunnies like best and it does them well. Don’t feed them Alfalfa Hay unless they are still a baby. Pellets need to be fed, but sparingly. Only buy fibrous pellets. No pellet mix with nuts and seeds or any of those yogurt chips. Unless you want a very unhealthy and obese bunny, only give small portions of fruit and veggies as a snack. Before giving your pet any human food make sure to look it up and make sure it is healthy for them. Your local country store may even have a giant bag of them for cheap! Also, please do not use water bottles as water bowls are better for them.

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Litter Box

Believe it or not, bunnies can be trained to use a litter box! A normal box used for a cat will work perfectly. Buns tend to poop while they eat. Lay paper towels down on the bottom of the box and fill that sucker to the brim with hay. As your bunny goes in and out of the box they will learn that is where they do their business. If you still see a lot of poop around then move it into the box showing them that is where it goes. If they are peeing somewhere else I have found moving the box to that location fixes the issue. Make sure to keep your litter box clean. At the very least every 2 days. Some bunnies are very picky and won’t use a too dirty box! Using a hay feeder above or beside your box will ensure good litter box habits as well.

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Bonding

Bonding with your bunny is very important! The best way to do this is just by simply spending time with them. Playing with toys and sharing food is special to your bunny. When first getting them, sit in a room and watch them as they explore. Do not grab or pet your bunny unless they come up to you and allow you to. Buying toys for your bunnies to chew and throw around is essential for bunny happiness. You can make your own cardboard houses or toys if you want. I have linked toys my buns absolutely love below!! If your bunny is binkying, nudging, or chinning you then you’re doing just fine. It may take some time, so be patient.

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Grooming

Bottom line, all bunnies will need some grooming. Fluffier bunnies will need grooming more often than short haired buns. Don’t worry though, it is a really simple process! You will need a bunny brush to brush out all the extra fur for starters. If you have a really fluffy bunny like a Lion Head breed, then brushing will be needed everyday. Just gently pet them with the brush and try to make them feel as calm as possible. Next you will need nail clippers. Bunnies have sharp little nails and it can hurt you and itself with them. You can buy bunny specific trimmers for cheap. Your bun will not need baths. Unless they get really dirty then they will clean themselves. Bunnies are neat freaks! They like to keep clean and will even organize their home the way they like it.

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my bunny!

Love a Bunny!

So now you have learned the basic things you need to know about caring for a bunny! From set up to how to bond you can now get a bunny and not have to worry about what you are doing wrong. Remember, bunnies need lots of love and attention so think carefully about your options. Do you have the time and patience for a very cute and very loving furry friend? If so, get out there and adopt the bunny of your dreams. I wish you and your future bunny lots of love.

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