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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