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How to Rabbit-Proof Your Home | Pet Rabbits

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Published on Nov 12, 2013

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Speaker 1: So, rabbit-proofing when you live with an indoor rabbit is incredibly important because rabbits can literally kill themselves on household objects, and we want to talk about that a little bit. The biggest danger with having a rabbit indoors is electrical wires and computer wires, and this is what it looks like.

Speaker 2: This is one that I had. I mean, I don't know. You turn your back for a second. It's like they know where the cords are, they love computer cords. But this one, you see, and I had no idea. If I had plugged this one, whatever it was to, you know I could've really hurt myself. So a good thing to do is, you can get this plastic tubing at your local hardware store and you just use like a blade to cut...

Speaker 1: You can actually use a scissors.

Speaker 2: And then you just fish the cord through here, you know, and fish it through so it's completely protected. So they might chew the plastic, but that's OK, it's protecting the cord.

Speaker 1: And they will still chew the very end of this even when you, there's some things you just can't help.

Speaker 2: Right. But this is the fun part, they get a jolt from it. You know? So.

Speaker 1: Yeah, more than a jolt.

Speaker 2: Living with your addictive rabbit.

Speaker 1: Yeah, in the veterinary clinic, as you probably remember, I'm a veterinary technician, and we see rabbits come in to the clinic sometimes with charred mouths. Very sad. The owner will just say 'My rabbit is not eating anymore, what's the matter?'. And the first thing I'll ask them is what does your rabbit have access to? If their rabbit is free range in the house and they haven't done adequate rabbit-proofing, very often what's the problem is that the rabbit has chewed an electrical cord and burned its mouth and it's too painful to eat. So we look in the rabbit's mouth right away thinking maybe he has a tooth problem, and before you even look at the teeth you can see the burn in the mouth, and that really hurts.

Speaker 2: But you shouldn't have exposed cords in your house anyway, it's unattractive. You know? I mean, straight guys do it all the time, you know, you go to their house and there's cords everywhere, and you're like 'geez'. So it looks better anyway when you fish it through and you hide it behind your sofa. But yeah they love cords, telephone cords, any kind of cord. And also baseboards, they love to chew against resistance. So I covered my baseboards with 2x4's, and just made that the baseboard and painted it to match the wall, but...

Speaker 1: And I covered mine with furring strips and didn't paint it and now I have all chewed furring strips, which is great. As long as you cover it.

Speaker 2: What are furring strips?

Speaker 1: Furring strips are, well I'm not a construction person, but they're used, as I understand it, they're used as like standards on a wall and then you put wallboard on top of them or something like that, don't hold me to this, but they're thin pieces of wood, they're not heavy like 2x4's.

Speaker 2: OK.

Speaker 1: So it's easier to handle. And it's easier to get them on and off the woodwork if you're working alone just with little nail tacks. It works really, really well.

Speaker 2: And also, whatever you drop on the floor, they're going to find. Sometimes I get down on the floor and see things at their level and I'll find needles, I'll find all kinds of things. They can get in the springs of like, if you have a relaxing...

Speaker 1: A recliner. A recliner, yeah.

Speaker 2: A recliner, they can hide up in the springs of that. Or your bed. What I did was, I had a rabbit that lived up in my springboard.

Speaker 1: Yeah this is not unusual, I don't allow my rabbits in my bedroom at all anymore, because they can get underneath your bed and they chew the fiberglass covering that's under your box spring and then they work their way up into the box spring.

Speaker 2: Right.

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