Rabbit Proofing Questions & Answers

Q) Is perspex harmful to rabbits? Can I use perspex plastic under my indoor hutch or is it harmful to rabbits if they try to chew it.

A) Perspex is not a suitable material for this. It would get quickly damaged and scratched and if toilet accidents happen it could be hard to clean adequately. It’s also likely that your rabbit will want to chew which could be unsanitary and harmful. Although I would recommend perspex for maybe blocking of a gap I don’t think it makes a good a good floor material. Instead I would recommended using some natural wood (Not pressure washed or fiberboard). You may need to replace this every so often bit its cheep. Alternatively customise a replacement floor part that you can find in a pet store, this material will be total safe.

Q) Should I play the radio for my rabbit to stop he getting lonely?
I keep my rabbit in our furnished basement. All she has to listen to is the monotonous tone of the furnace in the back room. Does anyone know if it would be good to keep a radio near her cage (on a low volume)? I don’t think she’s depressed or anything, I just really feel like maybe it would keep her company… any suggestions??

A) If you rabbit is used to amplified noise it may comfort it but I would not introduce it.
If your rabbit is use to the noise, for instance if you are at home a lot and typical have the TV or Radio in the background and then you change you behavior leaving you rabbit in a quiet home your rabbit may find the change in atmosphere stressful at first and leaving a radio on in the background may help lower the stress. However if you rabbit is used to silence introducing noise may even cause anxiety as they rely heavily on there hearing as a prey species to stay out of danger from predictors and cluttering up this scene if they are not used to screening it out may not be helpful.

Q) Can I keep a rabbit without grass?
I am thinking of getting a rabbit, but I only have a concrete yard, will I need to bring it grass from else where?

A) You can keep a rabbit outside in a yard without grass
Rabbits can adapt to many surfaces and as long as they have fresh food like greens they will be perfectly happy. If your yard has a concrete surface you may want to lay down some other softer more insulated materials such as sheet wood to break it up a bit. Also if your rabbit does not have much guard hair, such as in the case of short haired breads like Rex’s then you may need to check their hocks on the back legs as the rough surfaces can make them saw.Always make sure they have access to a shelter that it can go in and out as they don’t like being out in the middle of the day or night and may need somewhere to hide if a predictor is sniffing around. Also you will need to put them away at night in a secure environment as its likely they will be attacked.

Q) Help how can I stop my rabbit chewing its hutch?
I just recently bought a wooden hutch for my rabbit. However, it keeps chewing the corners. Is there something I can use to paint or spray on to keep it from chewing? It has other items such as toy logs and salt blocks and tooth block to chew on but doesn’t seem to distract her from the cage chewing.

A) A combination of bitter sprays, lots of chewable alternatives and more time spent out of its hutch may improve this.
Your rabbit may be chewing on the cage for a number of reasons such as boredom, looking for fibrous materials so eat or as a means of escape. To prevent this you will probably have to tackle all these behaviors. Make sure you rabbit has lots of alternative chew toys, wooden blocks are OK but if you rabbit seems intent on customising its environment you need to give it lots of chewables that it can easily destroy as such as a cardboard box or some old toilet roll centers.
A common defense for unwanted chewing bahaviour if to use a bitter spray from a pet shop. Its surprising what rabbits will eat so you may find this has little effect so don’t be put of it if doesn’t work. If all else fails you will find as the sharp corners are rounded of your rabbit will become less interested in them however I would try and stop it before them by putting some plastic or metal L shaped corner strips over the areas that are being damaged. You can obtain these from DIY stores.

Q) Should I bringing my rabbit indoors over winter?
I worried my rabbits hutch is too cold over winter should I bring him indoors and what will I need to do.

A) I’m sure you rabbit would be a lot more comfortable indoors during cold spells or over the cold winter months. Man-made hutches don’t offer the same protection against the extremes of cold as a deep burrow underground and significant insulation is required to prevent exposure to temperature that can drop quickly inside a hutch. Keeping you rabbits inside will also mean you spend more time with them which may be less appealing in the cold winter months. And doesn’t worry with a little bit of encouragement that can get used to using a litter tray.
You will need to use apply some tried and tested bunny proof your home just as you would if you had a house rabbit. This will ensure you home is safe and prevent damage from digging and chewing. Most of these things can be installed as a temporary measure making it easy to accommodate your rabbit over the winter.
The main things you will need to do are:
1) Provide a secure place for your rabbit in the day such as a large cage, a pet pen or a room. They just need enough room for a litter tray and to be able to hop and spring about a bit. Make sure its high enough for them to stretch up in.
2) They are also going to need a few hours each day roaming freely in the rooms you want to share with them. This room will need to be fully bunny proofed including concealing electrical cords, ensuring poisonous plants are removed and blocking of potentially dangerous areas such as under a sofa.

Q) What is the name of a baby rabbit call?
For instance a baby goose is a gosling and a baby puffin is a pufflet.

A) A baby rabbits is normally called a Kitten or Kit for short
The can also be called a Leveret, Bunny or Nestling. The term Bun comes from old English dialect, first recorded in the sixteenth century. It describes a squirrel or rabbit. Bunny was used primarily as a term of endearment in the following century but was later transferred back to the rabbit.