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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > How to get a rabbit to stop eating carpet!?!!!
Last Post by Scarlet_Rose at 3/08/2009 3:35 PM (4 Replies)
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User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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3/08/2009 7:42 AM

My one rabbit constantly eats carpet that is at the bottom of their condo.. we have already bought two carpets that they have chewed up and we don't know how to make it stop.  We have tried the bitter apple spray, and while that holds them off for a few minutes it doesn't work really.

 

Anyone have any ideas?

 

We have to keep carpet at the bottom of their condo so their feet don't slip from under them when jumping up a level..

Lilly - 3.5 y/o french lop mix
Harry - 2.5 month old mini lop
Henry (RIP)- 3 y/o holland lop

User is Offline riibu
Monterey, CA
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3/08/2009 7:54 AM

Well, I think you're going to have to replace the carpet with something else, be it blankets or towels or rugs.  I also have a carpet chewer and I couldn't do anything to stop him from chewing the first rug that was in his condo.  I found some small rugs on clearance at Target that I now use.  I tuck the sides under so that he can't get at the edges and it's not like carpet where he can pull up on it.  He also has a towel in his condo that he is free to chew on as much as he likes.

Now, if anyone has any ideas on how to stop him from pulling up on the carpet throughout the house, I could use some tips on that.   I bought huge tiles from Home Depot that I put under the couch to stop him from doing it there, since I can't easily go under there and stop him.   That's worked just fine, but he still pulls up on the carpet ALL throughout the house; there is no favorite spot for me to cover and I can't tile the whole thing.  It's driving me mad because no matter how much I disipline him, he just isn't figuring out what "No" means.  It's frustrating not just for the sake of the carpet, but he will actually eat it if I don't pull it out of his mouth, so I'm worried that it could cause a blockage.  Arg.


User is Offline Ruffles&Daisy
NC
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3/08/2009 11:25 AM
Posted By riibu on 03/08/2009 10:54 AM

Well, I think you're going to have to replace the carpet with something else, be it blankets or towels or rugs.  I also have a carpet chewer and I couldn't do anything to stop him from chewing the first rug that was in his condo.  I found some small rugs on clearance at Target that I now use.  I tuck the sides under so that he can't get at the edges and it's not like carpet where he can pull up on it.  He also has a towel in his condo that he is free to chew on as much as he likes.

Now, if anyone has any ideas on how to stop him from pulling up on the carpet throughout the house, I could use some tips on that.   I bought huge tiles from Home Depot that I put under the couch to stop him from doing it there, since I can't easily go under there and stop him.   That's worked just fine, but he still pulls up on the carpet ALL throughout the house; there is no favorite spot for me to cover and I can't tile the whole thing.  It's driving me mad because no matter how much I disipline him, he just isn't figuring out what "No" means.  It's frustrating not just for the sake of the carpet, but he will actually eat it if I don't pull it out of his mouth, so I'm worried that it could cause a blockage.  Arg.


Funny, that's my big pet peeve too.  We have tiles in all his favorite chew spots.  But to the OP, how about using sea grass mats instead of carpet.  That will give them some nice tracktion. 

~Sandy~ mommy, teacher, activist, nature lover, bunny slave

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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3/08/2009 3:04 PM
I definitely agree that sea grass mats are a good idea, though, those are meant to be chewed so those will also need to be replaced. I have a rug chewer too so I definitely have sympathy for you. I have found that my bunnies are not as tempted by fleece blankets as other blankets. These are a little harder to keep in place, one way you can keep them in place is by zip-tying them to the bottom of the cage. If you can stack a couple blankets on top of each other they stay stretched out a little better, or also if you fold them in half. Usually the buns will re-arrange them anyways and you'll have to fix them every couple of days.

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
Colorado
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3/08/2009 3:35 PM
Hi Lillybear! I saw and responded to your post in the Diet & Care section and replied there, I would use something other than carpet for the flooring like sea greass mats (already mentioned), rag rugs or even tile.
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