Do you have a rabbit that is a chewer? Maybe they are chewing on wall base boards, carpet, or furniture? Well here are some tips and tricks to help!
Your Rabbits Area
How is your rabbit housed? I’m assuming most people reading this have indoor bunnies. Do they have complete free range of your house or are they fenced in a certain room or area? It can be costly to bunny proof your entire house but may be worth it for the time being. Confining them to a certain area or room is a good start to learning their behaviors and do some training. Be sure they have enough room and space to play in. If they are confined in a cage all day or most of their life, it will definitely play a roll in their behavioral changes and bad habits. Rabbits love attention and need attention like any living creature. If your bunny received a lot of attention when you first got them but then later down the road “life happened” and you drastically change how much they are interacted with, it could cause them to be bored or stressed and can result in bad chewing habits. Spend time with your rabbit in their area and be sure to give them attention daily. Try to be as consistent as you can.
Are They Spayed/ Neutered?
If you got your rabbit when they were still a baby, chances are they didn’t have a bad chewing habit. Most families get their baby bunnies home and all is well until about a month or two later and then behaviors start to change. It’s not always a bad change. Some families choose not to get their rabbits fixed and their personalities are great and they are still good pets. When some rabbits get into that hormonal stage, they can start chewing on unwanted things. Getting them fixed is the start to calming them down.
Every rabbit has a different personality. Not every rabbits will play with or like the same toys. You may need to experiment around with a different variety of toys until you find something they like. Luckily rabbit toys are pretty inexpensive and some are even free! One method to try is the “digging box”. If you have a whole sale store near you such as Costco, be sure to always grab an extra empty box on the way out! Rabbits usually love a digging box and it keeps them entertained for along time. You can fill it with newspaper, toilet paper rolls, or any safe material that they like to shred. Put the box in their main play area and monitor their behavior to see if it’s helped minimize the chewing problem.
All in all, rabbits chew and need to chew to ensure healthy teeth. Some chew more than others and you won’t really know until they grow out a little more and hit that hormonal stage. Try these tips to deter from any damage to your home!