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« on: January 07, 2007 11:09:01 AM »

my mom got a bunny rabbit at the end of the summer this year and he has recently become quite destructive.  He chews on EVERYTHING and gets into EVERYTHING.  I thought maybe some of you creative minds on craftster might have ideas to stop him from destroying our house.  Right now our two main problems are that he chews on the corners of the walls and he gets into our plants. these are our current "solutions":
chewing the corners:

getting into the plants:

close up of plant:


obviously these are not very...erm...decorative solutions.  Any ideas for something more elegant and less cardboard box-y?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007 11:47:38 AM »

Does he live in a cage?  We found that if we made sure our little ones had plenty to tear up when IN their cage, then they mostly left things alone when they were OUT of it.  They especially liked unfinished grass mats that they could sit on while they tore them to pieces Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007 12:05:12 PM »

yes, he does live in a cage.  We've tried buying him all sorts of chew toys and things, but he never seems interested in them.  I've never heard of the grass mats, but I think he'd like that because he really likes digging, so i'll try to find them.  We had some cardboard boxes on the floor for a while which he loved standing on while scratching and chewing, but they were destroyed after about a week.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2007 02:30:39 PM »

I'm surprised your bun hasn't started to work on the cardboard yet.  Grin

I don't know if you're familiar with rabbit.org , but they have some really great information on why rabbits do things-- like chewing holes in stuff.

For the plants you might want to use a wire mesh around it. You could thread ribbon or anything really through the mesh to make it not ugly.

I've also heard of a spray that acts a repellant for rabbits. You just spray the items that you don't want your rabbit to chew periodically. I've never actually seen this product, but it might be good to look into.
 
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2007 03:22:40 PM »

The spray you've heard of is probably bitter apple spray.  I have some from when I had a hamster and we tried using it but it only worked for a few hours and it seemed to attract gnats, which was gross.

the wire mesh sounds like a good idea - I'll see about trying that.

I did read an article on rabbits.org and one of the things they suggest is temporarily blocking of whatever it is they like to chew on or get into, so that's what we did.  thanks for the suggestion though.

does anyone else's rabbit have a habit of chewing ONLY the things it is not supposed to chew? thats what ours seems to do.  he refuses to chew on chew toys or anything but loves chewing on anything and everything else.  Huh
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2007 12:17:05 PM »

when i use to raise rabbits we had good luck keeping them occupied with untreated (of course) chunks of wood and alphalfa cubes (the kind for horses work) it is their version of a dog bone. Mine also loved tuna fish cans (no sharp edges) to throw around. Good luck!
P.S- arba.net might be able to help too
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007 09:09:17 PM »

yes, alfalfa cubes, tuna cans, place cardboard in the cage large enough for them to stand on. DryWall is great though with one rabbit a sheet of drywal is a bit large.. they chew it and it is quite healthy for them.. it has gypsum (CaSO4) which is calcium sulfate.

Sweet potatoes are good for them to chew on, a bunch of parsley is great for them and helps move fur from licking themselves.

Watch your electrical cords, they will be next.

alfalfa cubes, sweet potatoes, carrots are things you can give him to keep him busy when out of the cage.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2007 05:41:15 PM »

umm...sweet potatoes are on the toxic plants list...

anyway, thanks for all the suggestions everyone.  We've tried giving him toys and all sorts of things to play with and chew on, but he's not interested in any of them, so we're just trying to find ways to keep him distracted from walls and other things he shouldn't be chewing.  one thing that got him a LITTLE bit interested was some untreated wood cooking utensils my mom got at the dollar store. we soaked them in apple juice for at least 24 hours and then we put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven on a low temp to dry them out so they wouldn't get moldy.  he was interested in those for a while, and still is a little bit, but he still prefers furniture and walls.  Undecided

we finally took the cardboard off the corners of the walls cuz he stopped chewing it, but we still need to keep the plants blocked off because he likes to jump in them.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2007 09:16:50 PM »

the greens of the sweet potato are toxic but not the sweet potato.. as the tomato plant is toxic but not the tomato or the potato or egg plant.

If I thought something was gonna hurt or kill one of my animals, believe me I would be the first to tell the world. I have 60 rabbits, more goats then that and 11 dogs. Not counting the chickens cause they move too fast!
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2007 06:25:30 AM »

I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem.  Cheesy I gave mine a corner in my sewing room where I stuffed news paper so they could dig whenever they wanted and that seemed to help, but this was my solution for the corners of other walls.
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2007 01:35:11 PM »

My uncle had a rabbit when he was a kid. What he did was (and my mother has a photo to verify this) he put a cage around HIS bed and let the rabbit have the rest of his room.   Roll Eyes Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2007 02:59:30 PM »

laugh, that's awesome
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2007 06:08:40 PM »

bunnys love all kinds of toys. I have a link with a bunch of toys that are fun and safe and cheap:
http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articles/toys.shtml
http://www.fuzzy-rabbit.com/room.htm
http://www.petplace.com/small-mammals/homemade-toys-your-rabbit-will-love/page1.aspx
Obviously all toys should be monitored for saftey. If they start to fall apart they should be replaced.
Bunnys typically get destructive when they are bored (like most critters) so maybe some of those toys will peek his interest and become boredom busters.
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012 11:12:21 PM »

Maybe a designated area, get a playpen type thing to put him in for play time...one of those wire ones. He can then have his own space away from the not chewable stuff, ull be surprised how smart they are.. just like dogs, if u tell them NO everytime they do it and shoo him away from there, eventually they will learn the comand and turn away the minute they hear it. My bunny isn't allowed upstairs and he now knows that when I say no he has to get away or turn away because he's not allowed. This means constant supervision and consistant training...just like a kid and a puppy.  Good luck, my bunny doesnt care for toys either b.t.w
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2012 07:26:09 PM »

I don't know if my answer is appropriate but this issue really seems to be more training and management related. Rabbits are very smart and can be taught the "leave it" command and you can focus on redirecting the chewing on unwanted things to chewing on okay things.

If you need any training advice, please feel free to send me a PM.
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