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Bunnyproofing Basics

March 1 2021

Have you been considering adopting a bunny? Rabbits are very cute and sweet little pets, and they can make wonderful animal companions. However, they do have different care needs than dogs and cats. Floppy needs to chew constantly to keep her teeth healthy. You’ll need to do quite a bit of petproofing to make your home safe for her. A Rialto, CA veterinarian offers some tips on this below.


B  aseboards/Furniture legs

These items are often prime bunny targets. Not only are they often made of wood, they’re also at the perfect height for Floppy to nibble on. It’s worth your while to get protective coverings. Otherwise, use taste deterrents.


Rabbit Holes

Bunnies can fit into some very small openings. They also like to get beneath beds and sofas and nibble at the bottom upholstery. Seal off spaces below and beneath furniture and cabinets. (Tip: Plastic storage totes are a good option here, as you can also keep things in them.)


Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp is a definite hazard. This includes things like beads, buttons, sewing kit pieces, and small toys.


Plants

Toxic plants are a huge concern. Keep only safe plants within reach of those cute paws! The ASPCA has a list here . This list is geared towards dogs and cats, but it’s usually safe to assume that if something is unsafe for Fido and Fluffy, it’s not good for Floppy either. Ask your vet for more information.


Personal Items

Keep things like shoes, wallets, phones, and books in spots your rabbit can’t access. We also recommend keeping closet doors shut.


Carpets

Floppy sometimes likes to nibble on carpet threads. You may want to put mats down in the areas she is allowed to play in.


Wires And Cords

Electrical cords are another big safety risk for rabbits. Floppy could be seriously injured if she were to bite into a live wire. This is also a fire hazard. Use protective casings and/or taste deterrents on any wires you can’t move out of paws’ reach.


Chemicals

Household chemicals, such as cleaning agents, paints, turpentine, bleach, and automotive products, should always be stored in cabinets your furry friend can’t get into. This applies to medication (both prescription and OTC) as well. Lawn/garden products, such as fertilizers, are also unsafe. 


Do you have questions about bunny care? Contact us, your local Rialto, CA veterinary clinic, today! 

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