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Is there a way to keep young rabbits from chewing?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by cgjsmith, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an older rabbit who we love but seemed lonely so were given a 4 or 5 month rabbit who chews on everything!! zwe have chew sticks everywhere but he seems to prefer the furniture. Our older rabbit never did this and I need to figure out how to stop him. Crystal
     
  2. penelope77

    penelope77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they never chew on what you give them. don't you know furniture and cords taste better. i would keep it in a cage with the approved chewies and then let it out under supervision. i'm sure someone will have some better ideas.
     
  3. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    I don't have any suggestions, just a warning: the bunnies will chew on electrical cords. Not only will you have to replace cords, you might have to replace a bunny. If you can't confine them to a cage, try to keep them in one safe room.
     
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Rabbits' teeth grow continuously. They have to wear them down somehow or they will have problems. The gnawing is one reason it is reccomended that there is no wood exposed on the inside of a rabbit cage.

    The young rabbit might be finding out what it can eat while the older rabbit has already learned.
     
  5. penelope77

    penelope77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:boy do they love cords!! we have had to replace our computer mouse three times while i had one inside once. cords are bad and they get through them quick. next thing you know bunny is dead or burned.
     
  6. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:All my electric cords are wrapped in aquarium airline tubing to keep bunny from chewing on them.
    Sadly, I have yet to find a way to stop her from occasionally chewing on the furniture, and I've given up. I've resigned myself to just not getting any new furniture until she passes away.
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I bunny proofed one room and watched ours when out in the rest of the house. We were lucky and never had a problem. I know some rabbits just chew or dig more than others and younger rabbits can be worse than older rabbits. Ours were content with lots of hay, in several varieties, freshly cut unsprayed apple branches and untreated willow baskets. We also fed some fresh foods every day. I guess an old table leg didn't look all that tasty. Like I said, we were lucky!

    There are several different types of things available for covering cords. You can block off some areas or surround a particular piece of furniture with boards, too.
     

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