Bunny Proofing Your Home

Rabbit's make wonderful house pets, but in preparing your home for a rabbit you need to consider their natural instincts to dig and chew, both for their safety and the preservation of your furniture and belongings.

For more information on rabbit's behaviour and instincts, you might like to try my book 'Understanding Your Rabbit's Habits'.

The basics of rabbit proofing are:

How much rabbit proofing you need to do will depend on your rabbit, things that constitute a safety hazard, such as electrical wires and poisonous plants, should always be protected, but other areas you may address on an adhoc basis if your rabbit shows a particular inclination for chewing there.


Electrical wires should always be rabbit-proofed for you and your rabbit's safety. Wires are particularly tempting to rabbits, probably because they are used to severing hanging tree roots in their burrows and treat wires with the same attitude.

Wires can either be protected individually or access restricted to them completely.

Keep in mind rabbit's chewing abilities when deciding the best method for your home, some forms of protection will act as a deterrent and slow down an attack, but won't necessarily stand up to prolonged chewing.


Curtains/blinds that reach the floor are often a target, not because they are tasty to chew but because your rabbit is trying to create easy access through them. Without opposable thumbs, your rabbit needs to use his teeth to move them out the way. This means that sometimes simply pinning up a corner or using tunnel to provide easy access behind them can stop chewing.


Carpet can be a casualty to rabbit's natural digging instincts, they particularly like room corners which in their eyes would make ideal burrow entrances. As well as physically protecting your carpet, you should also consider whether the digging is a behavioural issue that needs addressing: Stopping Your Rabbit Digging.


Like the corner of rooms, the gap under or along the back of sofas trigger rabbit's natural burrowing instincts. This can become a problem if they decide to extend the burrow into the sofa itself.

Table/Chair Legs

Wooden chair or table legs are tempting to chew. You can limit access by:

Edges of cupboards, doors and furniture

Protect the edges of cupboards and doors from your rabbit's chewing by:

Skirting/Base boards

Skirting boards can be difficult to protect because of the shaped edge and there is a lot of them! It's best to focus on areas that your rabbit has shown an interest in chewing. In those places you can:


Some rabbits are adept at wall paper stripping! If your rabbit has got a habit for redecoration then you can:


Many house plants are poisonous and should be kept completely out of reach. Even if your plants are non poisonous they'll need keeping out of reach all they'll be treated as a snack!

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