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.
Thankfully nobunny got hurt during my learning curve, and after years of experience I’m I’m pretty good at the rabbit proofing basics. I don’t have any plants for curious rabbits to nibble at. I’ve hidden or covered all of those tasty wires and I’ve blocked off areas where rabbits shouldn’t go. I supervise my two rabbits, Wally and Veronica, and make sure that there are lots of things around that they are allowed to chew. But rabbit-proofing while maintaining an attractive living space for the humans is challenging.
Furniture placement helps a lot. Putting bookshelves or cabinets in front of outlets and wires not only prevents somebun from chewing on them but also hides them without having wire covers exposed. When you do have to use the wire covers, neutral tones are best.
For underneath the couch, I’ve used an inexpensive wood frame that prevented anybun from getting underneath. The frame was not visible by humans and matched the flooring as well.
Some bunnies will not chew on wooden furniture or baseboards if it’s been treated with the green apple spray that’s available at most pet stores. The spray is invisible and needs to be reapplied from time to time. Some humans have found that rubbing wood with Ivory soap also discourages chewing. But to thwart one particularly determined rabbit companion who had an affinity for baseboards, I had to cover a section of it with plain untreated wood (never cedar). This was easily removable for when company came.
Wally and Veronica love trying to get behind cabinets and couches, but the one place they would love to find themselves is behind the TV with all those yummy but dangerous wires. I’ve used vases to block off the area. They’re too tall to hop over and I’ve filled them to make sure they’re heavy enough so that nobun can push them over either. The vases look like they’re part of the décor.
Rabbits are curious creatures and want to explore all aspects of their environment. If there are items that you treasure, they belong far away from bunny. Even the most well behaved rabbits, when bored, will chew things they’re not supposed to. But while you’re keeping everybun safe and happy, it’s good to know you can also make your home attractive for you too.