When Rabbit Awareness Week in Britain was announced, one item included in their website is a list of plants that can be harmful to rabbits. This inspired Hoppington Post to think about other hazards and how owners of rabbits need to ensure their house is sufficiently rabbit proof.
Possibly the most common house plant, because it is both attractive and nearly indestructible, is the philodendron, and its leaves and stems are on the list of plants that can hurt rabbits. Even if you locate such plants in areas of the home that are out of reach from adventuresome bunnies, remember that leaves can fall to the floor. The House Rabbit Society recommends the House Rabbit Handbook as an authoritative source about which indoor and outdoor plants may be toxic to rabbits.
Other issues involved with rabbit proofing an environment include protecting your property from being gnawed into destruction and preventing curious rabbits from possible electrocution through chewing electrical cables. For tips on how to protect furniture, wooden baseboards, walls and electronic wiring, you can find excellent suggestions at the FAQ: Rabbit Proofing page on the House Rabbit Society website, http://rabbit.org.
Elsewhere on the site you will also find very good suggestions on providing chew toys that are good for rabbits as well as other activities to keep them occupied, as generally speaking the rabbits that chew furniture, etc. tend to be bored and under-stimulated. Of course, one of the best ways to keep rabbits busy is to give them a companion. Many rabbit organizations support the philosophy that every bunny needs a buddy.
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