Aha! They finally put the Christmas tree up. Should I poop on the skirt or try to pull down those lights first? Oh, lookie, a dangling bulb. What to do? What to do?
Wait. What’s that? Holly. So pretty. Maybe I should give it a nibble?
Whoa. The plug leading to those candles in the window looks absolutely delish.
So much to do so little time. Where should I start?
Here come the holidays...
Welcome to the holiday season with a house rabbit. It’s a virtual wonderland of new things for your furry little friend to see. And, unfortunately, to chew.
Even if your home has been meticulously rabbit proofed, invest the time to re-proof after you’ve put up your tree and other decorations. Your rabbit’s life could depend on it.
Oh, Christmas tree...
What’s a lovely holiday tradition for us two-legged family members sure does look like an oversized chew toy for our rabbits. That means it’s a direct target for excited little teeth.
You’ll have to rabbit proof whether you have a real or an artificial tree. However, if you have a real tree, make sure you know whether it’s been treated with fire retardants, pesticides, or other dangerous chemicals. If it has, keep your rabbit far away from the tree as chewing it can prove hazardous.
No dangerous chemicals? It should, according to the House Rabbit Society, be safe to chew. Artificial Christmas trees? Not so safe.
Keep ornaments and light strands from the lower branches, where your rabbit can easily reach them (even standing on her legs).
To block or not to block?
That is the age old question. Are you confident that your tree is safe enough for your rabbit to go around? Or, is your little one a rascal who will find a way, no matter how impossible it seems, to tear down ornaments and wreak havoc?
An x-pen is an excellent way to enjoy your tree while keeping your rabbit safe. Some people also put their trees on a table or an elevated surface. And, if you’re really daring this holiday season, you can go with the latest style. An upside down tree hung from the ceiling.
All those gorgeous plants – holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe, for example – add holiday cheer to your home. But, all they look like to your little furry ones is a delicious treat. Keep all holiday plants inaccessible to your rabbit. If you place a plant on a table, for example, ensure there is absolutely no way for your rabbit to hop up onto the table (i.e. from a chair) to nibble on it.
Electrical wires? Yummy!
Stop your bun before the thought of nibbling on those yummy electrical wires ever crosses her mind. The holiday season usually means far more wires than normal. You’ve got a few choices for protecting those wires from rascally teeth.
The first option is one we’ve all tried and that just might work if your rabbit isn't a master climber or contortionist. Put the wires high enough so your bun can’t reach them – and that means she shouldn’t be able to jump onto a table or another surface to chew on them.
Or, you can opt for the popular cord protectors, sold in a variety of stores like Lowes and Home Depot.
Let the holidays begin!
Keep your small animals safe and happy this holiday season by making sure all of your decorations are thoroughly bun-proofed. Don't forget that you can also keep your small animal away from the tree and other decorations by offering plenty of fun and safe chew toys.