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House Bunny Care Guide: Five Ways To Bunny Proof Your Home

Updated on October 24, 2007

So you're going to have a house bunny eh? Well good for you. There are a number of steps you will have to take to ensure that your home, or the part of it that you will allow your bunny to roam in is safe for both your bunny and your possessions.

Item Number One: Cord Clips/Cord Covers

These two items will come in very handy for keeping your electrical cords away from your bunny's sharp teeth. Bunnies do tend to chew on cords, and there are numerous theories for this, one is that they are attracted to the electrical current, and another is that the rabbit treats your precious cords much like tiresome roots growing through its burrow. Whatever the reason, you will need to take special care to keep cords well away from your rabbit. Run them under the carpets, cover them, or use clips to hold them up higher than bunny can reach.

Item Number Two: Houseplants

Most common houseplants are toxic to bunny, so make sure that they are well out of the way. On counter tops, desks, wherever your bunny cannot reach them. Unfortunately rabbits really have no idea what is good for them and what isn't, so they tend to just chew on anything that they come across. Save your houseplants and your rabbit by keeping them well out of one another's way.

Item Number Three: Exits!

Although you are giving your bunny some serious freedom, you will also need to make sure that there are no easy access exits available to him or her. Pet doors, and doors that open to the outside should be closed and carefully watched if your bunny is in a room with them. Ideally, having a door between your bunny and the front door is a good idea.

Item Number Four: Litterboxes

Your bunny may return to his or her cage to do the business at hand, or it may seek out a quiet corner. Make sure that your bunny always has the litterbox of their choice available to them or you may discover that bunny has picked your carpet as a new litterbox, which is most unpleasant indeed.

Item Number Five: Space

How much space is too much space? You might want to consider only letting your rabbit have the run of a room or two. Having unsupervised run of a whole house, especially if you have an active family can be disastrous for bunnies who have a natural tendency to both get underfoot and streak across walkways with little to no warning. Either have a more contained area for your bunny to roam in, or ensure that you always supervise your rabbit when it is out of the cage.


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      Di 6 years ago

      My bunny is nuts. He is very good in the house, litter trained, no furniture chewing now. He did to begin with but a firm no and a clap sorted that out.

      He is an amazing companion and it's hard to stay mad at him even when he's naughty!

      Beware, they appear under your feet so silently it would be easy to hurt them.

      Advice - find a bunny savvy vet, no matter if they're the most expensive vet in the area they will be worth it.

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      alexx 6 years ago

      I want a bunnie but i dont know how to ask my dad for one. What should i do?

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      jessie 6 years ago

      I am getting a bunny tomorrow and I just wanted 2 know if any1 had any tips for any part of the bunny. Please give me tips on how 2 take care of it how to pottytrain it anything, I have always wanted a bunny and now I'm getting 1 and ive never had a pet that's like a bunny so if any1 has something 2 say, im all 4 it!!!!!!


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      Oskar 6 years ago

      Everyone considering to have a bunny; Never, ever get a single rabbit; they're social animals that in natural circumstances live in a group. Two's fine. A combination of male-female works best (yes, bunny boys can be "helped" by a vet, just like cats and dogs).

      Rabbits should get plent opportunty to stretch their legs. An hour a day really isn't enough. Ideal would be if they could get in and out of their cage at will, the day through. Rabbits that are kept all alone or in a cage, become frustrated rabbits. They'll start biting and scratching.

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      Ashybond 6 years ago

      I rescued my bunny from someone who was going to kill him because he "was too much." When I first got him he was all shy and his eyes were dim, but now iv'e had him for about a year and he is crackball .-. haha I let him out of his cage almost everyday after school until I go to bed and he runs and does bungies and cheats at hide and seek!!! I was running away from him and hid behind the couch waiting for him and he went the other way around the couch and behind me and scared the crudddd outa me haha and dear lord talking about streaking randomly in front of you O.o I would be walking then all of a sudden a bunny magically appears in fron of you and ive accidently kicked him once which made me have a mini heart attack O.o

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      LoveBunniez 6 years ago

      I have a cute dutch rabbit and by the way those considering getting a rabbit... GO FOR IT! They are amazing cute funny pets but make sure you have the time to clean their cages because they poop a lot.

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      Kimberly 6 years ago

      We've had our Lionhead, MoMo, for roughly a year now. He's amazing! He's very gentle and tolerant (almost playful with) of our two year old son, and he's very social. He has free run of our two story home all day and night. Momo is really good about staying away from cords, plugs, ect. However, he has this bad habit of tearing up the 100 year old wallpaper that is on my upstairs wall. It WAS pristine when we first moved into the house back in January. Now, it's done! i've moved furniture in fron of his favorite chew spot, but to no availe! He finds another. I have to spray granny's sour apple all over the walls twice a day just to maintain the wall! Help on this one problem anyone?

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      Bob 7 years ago

      I am considering getting a netherland dwarf rabbit. Should I get a male or a female and what are some things I need to know about their behavior and how to set up their home before buying one.

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      Tasha 7 years ago

      I keep my bunny in my room, and I tried keeping him in the cage at night but he kept waking me up at god awful hours chewing the bars, so I just keep him out all the time now. I try to hide the cables behind the desk and block it but he keeps getting in xD I'll be building some kind of wall around the spaces so I can open it to get to the computer but he can't possibly get under or behind it. Now the only times he's shut in his cage is when I go out and no one's in the room to keep an eye on him, and when I'm cleaning my room. He makes a good alarm clock too... Jumps onto the bed and straight into my face every morning at half 7 without fail! I cant even get mad at him because as soon as I open my eyes he licks my nose and waits patiently for a noserub and he breakfast! xD

      You just have to be carefull if they're very happy, friendly bunnies, because whenever I have 2 feet in his space, he'll danca around it and I've accidentally stood on him and kicked him far too many times!

      Sally, if he's getting in after you've blocked it off, I'll be blunt, you're not blocking it off well enough! XD You'll need to block off under it with something he cannot push out of the way or squish down to clamber over, and You'll need to block off the sides and behing it with something at least two feet high, else he'll learn to jump whatever you're using. That's what mines doing at the moment!! If you can, buy or make a metal wire pet playpen and make a wall around it so he can't get into it, but you can still see the tv! Hope I've been some sort of help!

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      sally 7 years ago

      When I iet my bunny out it always goes behind yhe tv i tried bloking it off but he keeps on going behind it!!!!!what should i do

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      laila 7 years ago

      i am trying to convince my mom to let me get a netherland dwarf. i need some evidence that they are really easy to take care of. can you guys help me?

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      Kim 8 years ago

      Ideally, rabbits should only be confined to cages when you can't supervise them, and ideally this would only be at night when you're sleeping. However, if all teens or grown-ups in your household work and it is not possible to have supervision during the day, make sure you've got a large cage that your bunny can run around in, hop in, etc. Then a couple of hours of play in the evening might be enough to keep them happy. Alternatively, a bunny proof room might do the trick, though bunnies are masters at getting themselves into trouble (chewing up carpet, or digging through dry wall), so you might want to do the large cage instead. Bunnies need lots of time to run around, play, and just be bunnies!

      And remember, bunnies are social creatures that adore their human companions, if you give them time and respect them (like not picking up buns that don't like being picked up). They can also get very close to other animals (Always, always, always supervise! Even if they're the best of friends - never trust them alone!), but most of all, they love the company of other bunnies. I have two rabbits, and taking care of two is not really any different than taking care of one.

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      Tashs' mum 8 years ago

      My boy is kept in the living room by day, and my bedroom at night. I live in a fourth floor apartment, so he has no outside, but I grow grass in a tray on the windowsill for him to munch on, and he's only in his cage when im at work, and has free run of whichever room he's in when I'm home.

      I believe recommend time out of cage is two hours a day, but I have the luxury of letting mine pretty much come and go as he likes.

      Rabbits, are AWEsome housepets. They learn their names very quickly, and will follow you around when you walk. (Please note that bunny probably couldn't care what it is you're actually doing, and will quite happily appear underfoot).

      Enjoy your bunny :)

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      Bunny Pro 8 years ago

      Hi guys, Ive had 2 rabbits in the past both dwarfs and they are easy, amazing pets. I just got another bunny today and to answer the question about how often they need to be out of the cage. They say atleast twice a day but I tend to let them out in the evening for about 2 hours or so... I think that's adequate amount. And keep it in a room that is easy access and has relative light. we keep our in the basement just at the bottom of the stairs so they still get the day light during the day.

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      ??????????????????? 8 years ago

      how often should i let my bunny out of its cage and

      what room should i keep its cage in???????

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      JGelineau 8 years ago

      They're AMAZING pets! I highly suggest the dwarft rabbits, they're so much fun!

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      mekhala 9 years ago

      are house bunnies good pets?


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