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Category: Rabbit Safety

Adventures in Bunny Proofing

Contributed by Elise M.

Once upon a time, I had a nice house. I had baseboards, drywall, fine furniture and everything was nice and tidy. And then I got rabbits. A now, it’s all just a memory.

Despite copious amounts of internet research, no amount of bunny proofing seems to have saved my home from two little rabbits.  Who would have thought that they could outsmart us?

Our first bunny proofing methods were to keep our rabbits to a single room, minimize the damage. This worked fine until we discovered that our older bunny, Coffey, was protégé to Houdini, and could escape anything. And then would chew on everything and pee everywhere. It was…enlightening.

Babies and Bunnies – Can They Co-Exist?

Contributed by Elise Sommer

I will start by saying that every bunny is different, and every child is different so parents of bunnies and babies will have to follow their own instincts to create a safe home for everyone.  Babies and children should not be left unattended with bunnies.

My husband and I had our two very spoiled bunnies for 5 months when we found out that we were expecting our first child. We had two female rabbits that had just become bonded, Coffey (Netherland Dwarf) and Mocha (Mini Rex), and now we were going to add a loud, stinky, screaming human into the house. Suffice it to say, as a mother–to-be, I was very worried.

Essential Oils – The Hidden Dangers For Well-Meaning Rabbit Lovers

As our country starts paying attention to organic products and natural healing, more and more people are learning about aromatherapy.  Rabbit owners by far pay much more attention to adverse affects of chemicals on their pets since rabbits are super sensitive.  

That is why I felt the need to share the article I found below.  While many of us are moving away from "man made chemicals", too many of us feel that the natural oils found in aromatherapy products are not harmful at all.  In fact, many times the opposite is true.  

Elegant Rabbit Proof Home

By Laura Edward

The previous article on rabbit proofing included some great tips.  The biggest was probably “don’t underestimate your bunny’s ability to get out of even the most secured pen or away from your watchful eye even for a moment.”  I have had some rabbit-proofing failures in my home.  For example, there have been a few dropped phone calls after the phone line had been sawed in two.  Also, my husband had to explain to the nice cable TV lady why some of the buttons on the remote were chewed down to nubs.   And I’ve even had a Playstation controller wire chomped through while actually playing a game.  

Rabbit Proofing Your Home

Rabbits are social and curious critters by nature.   Your house rabbit will enjoy spending time with you and your family and will want to investigate the new surroundings at the every opportunity.  You should help to satisfy your friend’s curious nature, but do so in a rabbit friendly environment.  In other words, rabbit proofing your home is essential to ensure your pet’s safety and prevent damage to your belongings before bringing your new friend home to live.

Rabbit Play Pen – Midwest Black E-Coat Exercise Pen Review

Rabbit Play Pen from MidwestMidwest Gold-Zinc Indoor-Outdoor Pet Exercise Pen – Rabbit Play Pen

All house rabbit owners would agree that exercising your pet is equally as important as diet and socialization to the overall health and well-being of your bunny.    Some individuals may choose to set up an area within the home, or outdoors under the supervision of the owner.  In either case, an exercise pen, or x-pen, allows the pet to roam and satisfy his or her curious nature, while still offering a secure and safe environment.   The Midwest Gold-Zinc Indoor-Outdoor Pet Exercise Pen  offers you an opportunity to let your house rabbit play and explore, yet still stay within the confines of the safe environment.

House Rabbits or Outdoor Rabbits

The emphasis on this article is to encourage everyone with a pet rabbit to please bring your loving pet indoors. Having a house rabbit will provide you with much more enjoyment, while seeing all the wonderful, cute things house rabbits do in their daily lives, those things you miss when you leave your rabbit outdoors, but you will also prolong their lives, and give them a social life that they will enjoy profusely! The quality of life for you both will increase dramatically! You will be able to notice changes in your pet rabbit that need immediate vet attention, as opposed to visiting your rabbit every few days while they are in a hutch and suddenly seeing him lifeless.

Are You Considering Rabbit Health Insurance?

As with any pet, it is important to provide rabbits with proper healthcare. That is why some rabbit owners choose to purchase rabbit health insurance.

Insuring rabbits may have sounded silly in the past, but with the rising costs of emergency care and basic checkups, covering animals seems less and less farfetched. House rabbit ownership itself is not necessarily taxing: owners provide food, shelter, entertainment and care for their bunnies. But what happens if a pet has reoccurring illness? What if he cuts himself badly or develops a painful ear infection? When a rabbit needs to make an unexpected trip to the veterinarian, the costs of care and medication can add up quickly.