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Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit won’t stop destroying carpet

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    • Hey There Delilah
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      My rabbit is spayed but over the last few months she has become more destructive of the rug in her pen. I can’t figure out why she’s still digging and tearing holes in the rug (it’s a rug on top of the actual carpet flooring). She is in a large pen most of the day but I let her free roam for 4-6 hours daily. She receives lots of attention and pets every day. She has pieces of card board and rabbit toys to chew on in her pen. She doesn’t eat any of the rug, just tears it apart and spits it out. She even will go back in her cage during her free roam time just to tear up the rug. Any ideas on why she does this or how to stop it??


    • Wick
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      If it’s still been a couple months since the spay, it could be the hormones still sorting themselves out.

      Digging is one of many enriching and entertaining behaviors rabbits do. They also do it in frustration. It sounds like it is something she enjoys doing since it seems you offer time and other toys. You can redirect the energy by making a dig box or buying/making toys that lean into her love to digging certain textures. Some rabbits just change their preference in entertainment. For my more ‘destructive’ rabbit, she goes through phases. Right now, she is not into cardboard, but we were chucking toilet paper rolls at her left and right when we first got her. Currently, she likes tossing things more.

      The answers provided in this discussion are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or a qualified behaviorist.


    • DanaNM
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      Sometimes it seems like rabbits learn to dig, and realize it’s so fun and want to keep doing it.

      You might need to remove the rug from her pen at least. I’ve had some buns that just cant have blankets or rugs in their areas, because if they have 24/7 access they will destroy them. So I had to opt for cardboard, seagrass mats, etc. You might need to put something like a piece of linoleum down to protect the carpet if she moves on to that. Paper mats can be really nice for them to destroy too (although it makes a mess).

      My carpet chewers really have liked to shred phone books, newspaper mats, and cardboard cat scratchers. If there seems to a specific spot she’s obsessed with, you can block that with a ceramic tile, as buns tend to have “projects” that they work on.

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Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit won’t stop destroying carpet