When it comes to chewing things up inside then your carpet will be a good target for your rabbit if they had their choice.
Rabbits really enjoy chewing up and carpet.
Unfortunately this can lead to expensive repairs that you may have to undertake.
So first things first, can rabbits eat carpet?
Yes, carpet wont harm them, as long as its not been recently cleaned with chemicals. Its just them chewing it is just not good for your home.
Their strong front paws which are usually used for digging burrows can be put to use pulling up the edge of carpets around a room and their strong bite which is normally used for pulling up strong roots is put to good effect in chewing up tough carpet.
So if you have your rabbit running around a room then you will either have to watch them carefully or ensure that it is a space which doesn’t have carpet.
However there are some other things you can do to prevent rabbits from chewing up your carpet.
1. Provide some other things for them to chew on.
The reason they are chewing up your carpet is that there is not much else to chew on. There are many different chew toys that can be purchased such as willow sticks, and woodblocks which will provide a much tastier option for them and more attractive than the carpet.
2. Cover up frayed parts of the carpet
If your rabbit is paying a particular part of your carpet particular attention then laying something over that part will stop them paying it so much attention. Ceramic tiles are a particularly good deterrent.
3. Use some old carpet or matting
Why not use some old carpet in the area that you don’t mind getting chewed up. This can be laid upon your newer carpet or even just in the area if it doesn’t have carpet. This should do the trick.
If you are looking to get a rabbit run then there all kinds of different ideas that you could look at.
The great thing about rabbit runs is that there are plenty of different ideas that you could try out to ensure that your rabbit gets the exercise that you need.
Here are 8 ideas for a rabbit run to give you food for thought.
1. An aviary
If you have the space for one, an aviary is a great home for a rabbit. The extra height space allows you to walk in and spend time with your rabbit.
They do vary in price depending on their size but can be purchased cheaply second-hand from the right place.
Here’s one guy who actually combines a rabbit home with looking after birds. However, they can be kept separately.
2. Wire pen
These are wire panels that link together to form a hexagon or octagon and provide a space for your rabbit to run.
They are great for providing extended space for your rabbit to run in to attach to your existing run, but because they don’t have a roof they are not great for a permanent run for your rabbit.
This is simply because they don’t have a roof for it unless that is a separate roof is purchased to attach to it. They can be purchased relatively cheaply as well.
3. Self made run
Of course you need not buy a run if you don’t want to.
If you are that way inclined, you could build one yourself.
There are plenty of good places which can help with rabbit run ideas just like this one.
Just make sure it is a minimum of 1.8m x 1.2m and a rabbit can stand on its hind feet in it.
It also needs to have a roof and some kind of shelter for the rabbit as well. But this way can be a good cheap way of building a run and you can really use your imagination to make your rabbit’s experience that much more interesting.
It doesn’t’ have to be your standard wood frame and wire mesh rabbit run as well!
4. An interior room
Having a room in your home is a real luxury for a rabbit especially if they can have the run of it.
Just make sure that anything you don’t want chewed is out of there and it is sealed so they cant get out and property ventilated.
Some even just choose to set up a metal pen in their home, that’s up to you but could be useful if you live in an apartment.
5. The Apex Run
This a run that is triangular and constructed from wire and mesh with usually a wooden frame.
It also tends to have a covered area for the rabbit plus it can be folded away for storage. They are usually limited in size by length, width and height.
The height can inhibit the rabbit as they have sloping sides.
They are good for additional exercise space but are not usually large enough for a permanent home for a rabbit.
6. Metal Runs
These are rabbit runs which also double as puppy pens and have a sealed top which makes them good for rabbit runs.
They do need to be pegged to the ground to ensure that they don’t get lifted up easily and consideration needs to be given as to whether the rabbit could burrow out of it or even a predator burrow into it.
7. Wooden frame run
These are usually the most common sort of rabbit run and can come in different shapes and sizes.
They give the rabbit good ample space to run around plus allow for good shelter as well.
8. C&C cages
These are indoor cages that can be built yourself to provide the type of cage that you would like for your bunnies.
The great thing about them is that they can be extended and also built up providing all kinds of interesting spaces for your bunnies to enjoy in the warmth of your home.
Keeping a rabbit safe in a rabbit run is paramount to keeping a rabbit.
There are many things that can go wrong when keeping a rabbit in a run so here are 4 considerations to think about when securing your rabbit run;
1. Cover the Rabbit run with strong wire
If you are covering the run with wire then it must be strong enough to withstand being chewed by a rabbit or a predator.
Any wire which is soft is not good to use as it can easily be chewed and used as a way of escape.
2. Make sure that the rabbit run has a roof.
This is because rabbits can jump very high and could possibly get out a of particularly shallow run.
Also with open runs, there is always the risk of predators such as cats or foxes getting in.
3. Make sure the rabbit run is not easily moved.
They need to be kept firm and not be able to be moved easily.
Rabbits have a considerable amount of strength and so do predators such as foxes.
So a rabbit run needs to be kept secure and not able to be moved at all by your rabbit or by their predators.
It also needs to be unmovable by any inclement weather such as strong winds.
4. Make sure your rabbit can’t burrow out of the run.
Rabbits are very good at digging and so efforts need to be made to ensure that your rabbit is not able to burrow out of the run.
This can be solved by putting the run on concrete or by putting paving slabs around the edge of the run.
It is a good idea to keep checking the run to ensure that the rabbit is not digging a burrow furiously in order to get out.
The best thing to do if you have the time is to dig a trench about 20cm under where the edge of the run is and bury wire mesh or fill it with stones or concrete.
This is so there is a definite blockade for the rabbit and any predators that may seek to burrow in or out of the run.
The rabbits safety is the top priority
With all these suggestions, the safety of the rabbit is paramount.
Some of these methods may be considered a bit extreme but there is nothing here that rabbit owners haven’t experienced before and it can be heartbreaking to lose a rabbit because due considerations haven’t been taken into account.
So if you do have a rabbit run, do think about these things to ensure that your rabbit is kept happy and well looked after.
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Think about how your family will be around them before getting a rabbit. Having a rabbit will affect your family, from the care that they need to how your family members will respond to it. If you have younger children for example, they will need watching when they are around the rabbit to ensure that they treat it property and with care. Its important that the rabbit has a loving home and is enjoyed by all family members.
Think about what happens to them during your vacation times. Rabbits need looking after. Not much looking after, but checking on a daily basis at a minimum. Think about who is going to look after your rabbit whilst you go on vacation. Will it be a friend, neighbour,family member, or is their a local rabbit hostel that you can pay to put them in whilst you are away?
Think about how you are going to relate to your rabbit. Rabbits like affection and respond with affection. Of course, they will vary from rabbit to rabbit, but on the whole they are affectionate creatures. Most don’t enjoy being picked up, but they do enjoy being around humans. So think about how much time you have to spend time with them, before getting a rabbit.
Think about what you are going to feed them.Have an idea of what rabbits eat and enjoy, not to mention what nutrition they require to keep them healthy. Rabbits need fibre first and foremost, followed by good fresh water, topped up by veggies. Understand what they can and can’t eat. For example, it is a common misconception that lettuce is a common staple of rabbits, but it isn’t good for them to eat all the time. They need hay most of all which provides the fibre they need.
Think about litter training your rabbit. One of the great things about rabbits is that they can be litter trained. This can solve a whole lot of problems going forward, but it does require a bit of pain to get through. Having a litter trained rabbit will mean a less messy rabbit to look after.
Think about where they are going to live. Its important to know where you are going do put your rabbit. They are social animals and like company, just putting them outside on their own is going to make for a pretty miserable existence for them. Think about putting them in any area where they are going to get contact with others
Think about the type of hutch they are going to live in, before getting a rabbit. What type of hutch have you got in mind for them to live in? It needs to be a good size that they can move around in. Is it dry, waterproof, free of mould and damp? What about access to grass, will you provide a run for them to exercise? Rabbits love to run around and have a better quality of life when they can run around.
Think about how much a rabbit costs. The thing about rabbits is that they cost money. They cost money to get either from a pet store, or to adopt. Then they need food, housing, bedding and maybe some toys to amuse them. They need ongoing food, bedding, vet fees, which all cost money on an ongoing basis. Think about how this is going to impact your daily budget and factor these costs in before getting a rabbit.
Think about how you will rabbit proof where they run. Wherever you have your rabbit that area is going to need checking that it doesn’t escape. If you are keeping it in your home letting it run around, then anything you don’t want chewed will need to be kept out of their way. Rabbits will eat anything and wont discriminate in what they chew on. This includes cables, wires, carpet, rugs, papers, basically anything and everything.
Think about keeping your rabbit entertained.If they are bored, rabbits are trouble. They will find other things to do such as dig holes, chew stuff. So look to provide entertainment for them such as empty toilet rolls, old books, papers, twigs and branches for them to chew on that don’t mind them chewing on. This will keep them out of trouble and entertained. It is worth thinking about getting another rabbit to live with them as well, to keep them company. As social animals they are much better and enjoy life more when they haver company. Another rabbit of the same sex would definitely benefit them.
Because the thing with rabbits is that they are not designed to live in a small space.
Why can’t rabbits live in small spaces.
When they are out in the wild they are very much used to living in vast great areas where they have the freedom of the area they are in.
They love to live in large groups and do not enjoy it when they live alone. They are very sociable animals who love to hang out with each other. They use each other to defend each other against predators who look to attack them.
So if rabbits need a good amount of space to live in, how much space does a rabbit need?
How large should a rabbit hutch measure?
A typical hutch should measure 6 ft x 2ft x 2 ft high accoring to the RWAF. This is Britain’s largest organisation for rabbit lovers!
The RWAF has existed since 1996 and is the combined effort of the Rabbit Welfare Association and its charity partner, the Rabbit Welfare Fund, working to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the UK through education and communication by making people realise that rabbits are intelligent creatures that need space, exercise, companionship and stimulation and are not to be bought on a whim. (source RWAF).
This is the minimum size and the smallest it a hutch should be.
Why do rabbits need large amount of spaces?
Having a large amount of space allows the rabbit to move around, to eat, sleep, stand on their hind legs and have space for each rabbit to call their own.
It gives them the freedom to live and to not be cramped in the living space they are in.
However the more space they have the better for them.
There are some great hutches out there which allow you to give your rabbits the space they need, some are expensive however you can get some real bargains out there.
Why rabbits need a run to exercise in
Its not just a hutch they need, they need a run as well.
This is because they need a space to move around which is separate from their living space.
This gives them space to exercise so that they aren’t just stuck in one place all of the time.
A run is vital for them to shed the weight that they will put on if they don’t exercise.
Rabbits can quickly become obese if they don’t get the exercise that they need.
A good rabbit run run should measure 8 ft by 4 ft at a minimum in order to give them a good amount of space to run around.
This will enable them to stretch out to full height and they should be able to run around in it and not just walk around.
When rabbits have a good amount of space to live in, it really increases their quality of life and enables them to thrive in the environment that they live in.