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Forum BEHAVIOR Bun under the bed, simple advice, help?

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    • MortyMayhem
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        I’ll keep this short and sweet. My 4 month year old female lionsmane keeps going under the bed. I’ve removed anything under there that could hurt her. But it gives myself and my husband anxiety when we can’t see her and she’s under there. I’ve tried tape, towels, blankets, plastic. She just keeps going under my bed. Her little Houdini self just finds a way every time. Is that alright as long as there’s nothing harmful under there? I don’t mind too much because she comes out eventually, every time. But my husband gets so scared for her. Advice, comments? Please?


      • Bam
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          I think it’s ok. Depending on how the bed is constructed she might feel inclined to modify the underside though. I have a bun that does that, but my bed is very sturdy and made of plain wood so I just let her.

          Rabbits like being under beds and other furniture. The “roof” protects against predators, esp raptor birds. It can take years before a bun realises that there are no raptor birds in the house.

          Does your bun have access to hidey houses (typically upside down cardboard boxes with 2 doorholes) and tunnels? Cat tunnels are as a rule not expensive, there are also cardboard concrete molds that work well as tunnels for rabbits.

           


        • DanaNM
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            I’ve used NIC cube grids to block off the whole area under my bed, and then put a bed skirt over the top so it looked nicer. It worked great!

            But as long as there’s nothing under there that can harm her there’s not really a problem with it! If you decide to give her access, watch to be sure she’s not trying to crawl into the box spring. Not sure what kind of bed you have, but a past bun of mine ripped the fabric on the box spring and would crawl up inside it, which was not great! I’ve also heard of buns chewing carpet or deciding to make a new litter box area under the bed. Some people compromise by blocking off most of the bed, but keeping a small area available near the edge as a hide for them.

            Agree that giving her other tunnels and hides will help too. My buns love their maze haven.

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