If you have a bunny, we probably don’t need to tell you that you have a super cute pet. Bunnies are absolutely adorable! Your furry friend does have some specific care needs, however. One thing that is very important is providing Floppy with plenty of things to chew on. But what do you do if your frisky pet ignores her chew toys, and nibbles on your shoe instead? Read on to find out! A Scottsdale, AZ vet offers some advice for teaching your furball better petiquette below.
Bunnyproofing will keep both your pet and your belongings safe, and is an absolute must for bunny owners. Remove or secure wires and cords; toxic plants; small and/or sharp objects; chemicals and medications; and personal items, such as shoes, purses, and books. You’ll also want to cover or protect baseboards, carpets, and furniture legs, and block off spaces below and behind furniture and cabinets. Ask your vet for more recommendations.
Next, you’ll need to provide your four-legged buddy with lots of things she can nibble on. You can buy some adorable bunny toys in stores, but you can also make Floppy’s playthings out of common household items. A few things that can be upcycled into great bunny toys are cardboard boxes, plain copy paper, and the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls. Look online for step-by-step instructions. Always put your furball’s safety first: never give her anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads. You should also avoid items coated in varnish, glitter, or dye.
Hay is not only great for bunnies to nibble on, it’s also crucial to their digestion. Your furry pal should always have plenty of fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay.
You never want to punish Floppy for chewing: you may just scare her. Instead, when you catch your furball nibbling something she shouldn’t, thump your foot or clap your hands, or just say ‘No’ in a disapproving voice. Then, immediately offer your cute pet a suitable chew toy, and reward her with praise, treats, and compliments if she uses it. It may also help to use a taste deterrent on certain items. Ask your vet for more advice.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your bunny’s health or care. As your local Scottsdale, AZ animal hospital, we are always here to help!