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How To Stop Your Rabbit Eating Your House

Updated on December 13, 2009

Tazzee asks "How do I get my rabbit to stop chewing on the sofa and on my presents?"

Good question, Tazzee, and a problem that many rabbit owners face when they keep their rabbits indoors. First of all, good for you for making your bunny an indoor bunny, your rabbit will be much happier and healthier in the long run because of it.

Having a bunny living inside can be challenging though, because rabbits love to chew, and houses have a lot of things for them to chew on. If you have not done this already, you should be confining your rabbit to just one room. It's not safe for a rabbit to have free range of the whole house, all sorts of things could happen. Bunny could escape, be stood on, or chew something dangerous, like an electrical cord.

Once you've chosen a single room for bunny to live in, you must then 'bunny-proof' it. This is like baby proofing, but for bunnies! Bunny-proofing means removing any objects that the bunny can easily chew on that you don't want eaten. This should include electrical cords (rabbits love to chew on electrical cords, but it is very dangerous for them to do so,) and also any house plants that you might have.

Now, this covers the basics, but in many cases there are things in the room that you can't move that you don't want eaten. These include couches, beds, desks, tables and other items of furniture. There are two ways to approach the problem of an indoor rabbit that chews on furniture. The first thing you should do is make sure that the rabbit has things it is allowed to chew on. Rabbits need to chew in order to wear down their teeth and stay healthy, it also makes them happy to chew things. You can buy chew toys for rabbits, and if you have a problem chewer, I advise that you do get your bunny some toys to play with. Some rabbits will also enjoy a cardboard box. If you tape one end shut, and put the box on its side, the bunny can hop in and start to chew a hole through the back of the box. As long as the bunny is not eating the cardboard, that is perfectly safe.

The bad news is that some bunnies, no matter how many toys they have, will still want to chew the furniture. They're not trying to be bad, it's just what their little bunny brains tell them they should do. If you want to save yourself and your rabbit pain and heartache, just use some kind of divider or playpen to keep your bunny away from the furniture. Prevention is the best kind of cure.

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      Desire 

      6 years ago

      I want a bunny so bad but my mom keeps saying no. What's a good way to persuade her into buying me an indoor bunny because I've heard outdoor bunnies get lonely and depressed

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      Texas Boer Goats 

      7 years ago

      Personally I wouldn't recommend keeping a rabbit indoors at all. Neither my boer goats or rabbits are allowed to step foot in our house.

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      Rabbit Breeders 

      7 years ago

      I have been doing a lot of research lately on training rabbits maybe I will write a book about it someday!

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      Sedi 

      7 years ago

      if you like to buy your play pan. this site is very good. they are very reasonably priced i have bought my two play pan from them www.digitpet.com

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      sedi 

      7 years ago

      I have two bunny rabbits, Bugzzy is a girl and Buttons is Boy dwarf. you have to be very patient with bunny if you teach them. always get down to their eye level. As for cable for TV or internet ask your cable company for wireless cable connection. i pay $5 not to have a wire in the house. so keep every wire up above.

      for potty training, always get to their eye level put them in the potty and lay down next to their potty and start petting them. let them see you give them the love. when they are in the potty. add some hey in the corner so they can chew and spend time there. you should be patient with them and give them a time to trust you. if she jumps on your bed. Loud sound always scars the bunny do a loud clapping. she will jump out of it. no kicking no hitting the bunny. They have a very fragile spine.

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      taty96 

      8 years ago from Ecuador

      Very informative post. I love rabbits

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      Muktu 

      8 years ago

      Really good tips here. I had a rabbit eat through my socks once. And a cat bit right through my iPod wire once, but that's another story I guess...

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      aoffire 

      8 years ago

      The equivalent of that in your country, is the best to make bunny-proof cords

      http://www.easy.cl/easy/ProductDisplay?mundo=1&...

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      Mike 

      8 years ago

      Hi! I am getting a rabbit next week. Any tips on how to house-train them? I have a medium-large sized house and my of the floor is carpet. Will he/she eat the carpets?

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      Bea 

      8 years ago

      Hi, my bunnies (two females) haven't started chewing yet but a friend of mine sprays cables with male deodorant (antiperspirant). It seems the smell repels her bunny.

      Hope it helps!

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      jeun yieh 

      8 years ago

      X______X mine(i'll call her "mine" and that's my bunny)

      ..mine chew and bite ebrything.. no matter what it is..

      .. she also bite me.. if i don't give her a food.. (but in 5 sec) she can done eating her food.. and she wants another food..

      nyahah XD

      btw,, tnx for the info ^______^

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      amy 

      8 years ago

      my bunny use to chew ever thing he could when he was younger i had got him ever toy out there for him but that didn't stop him so i called the vet and asked what to do she told me to put Tabasco sauce on the stuff he chewed so i did and im telling you he liked it he chewed 3 times more ever thing i had put it on was chewed throw don't do this he got the poops after and i sure it hurt him i don't know why but he just stopped chewing things im very happy with this:)

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      Alexandra -again- 

      8 years ago

      Also, she got chewing toys, cardboard box, and sticks, so she got a lot to fool around with.

      i do not have a play pen, but if i would she'd be there allot, the reason why i don't, is that every time i go to the stores, they're already FULLY sold out... so that's a problem.

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      Alexandra 13 yrs 

      8 years ago

      Hello, i am kinda new in the pet rabbit owning thing, and I'm reading basicly every article you have. They are all very good, so are the comments - but i can't bunny proof my room, since my cables, go all throught my room, and cant, by any way be secured, no matter how i tried, my bunny chewed off 2 cables *Lucky not high voltage* is there any way i can make sure she wont chew them off while i example go to the bathroom for a min or two.

      Also - my bunny LOVE to be in my bed, and i hate it - she pee all over it, and she GOT a toilet. And shes trained to go on it, is that a 'habit' she'd gotten? Or am i doing something wrong?

      Also, she seems kinda aggressive at times, thought, she do not bite or claw me, she keeps biting and scratchign my pillows, and my cover. I do not want to spray her with water, slap her, or put her in a box.

      (i find that amasingly cruel - sorry)

      Is there anyone who could possible answer my many questions?

      Many Thanks//Alexandra -13-

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