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Old 10-24-2006, 06:45 PM
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Default Preventing cable-chewing by bunnies

I used to allow my rabbit to run around my livingroom for fun and exercise, but I could never find a way to prevent him from chewing cables. So now he stays in his big hutch with all his toys, his view of the ocean...and seems very happy there, but I'd still like to let him out sometimes...

Has anyone found a solution?? I tried rubbing chilli on the cables but it made not the slightest difference (..."Mmm, yum, you put chilli on my electricity...trippy man, thanks!!)

I have 19 cables in different places so I cant really just tidy them...
(TV, Aerial, Lamps 1,2,3 and 4, Stereo, Fax, Computer, Printer, Modem, Phone, Fish tanks lights 1,2,3 and 4, Filters 1 and 2, Heaters 1 and 2)

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Old 10-24-2006, 07:01 PM
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there is actually a heavy duty plastic you put around your cords. i have free range house rabbits myself, and it has worked like a charm. Also please try to hide all of your cords behind furniture! if there are more cords exposed you can set up an x pen or something like that to fence the area off. for example, the corner of my room is where all my outlets are and all the cords. i simply took some x pens and made it where the bunnies cant get to it.
i have never had a cord chew in 3 years of having free range house rabbits.

i have also used ivory soap to stop one rabbit from chewing his plastic litterbox, however i wouldnt use it on cords because they shouldnt even bite them to even realize it tastes bad!

i hope this works out for you.
according to the house rabbit society, rabbits should be out of there cages AT LEAST four hours a day.
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Old 10-24-2006, 07:07 PM
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something else for you to consider.

there are these things call NIC cubes. they are a metal grid cube that can be bought at walmart, target, home depo, staples and many other places. two boxes will cost you 24 USD.
connect all of the pieces together using cable times to make a HUGE playpen for little money, and protect your living room from your rabbit. I used to do this for a year before i let them have run of the house, like they have now.

if you have ANY questions please feel free to ask me. i would love to hear that your bunny is getting to run around like he should
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:43 PM
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Thanks guys... I can let him run around if I set everything up specially, and keep an eye on him too. I want a system that enables me to relax and not worry about what he's doing, so I'll think about what you suggested.

(I tried to buy the cable covers once - the split flexible tubing - but went all over town and couldn't find any. I may try again..)

In my signature photo he's sitting in the sun in front of my sofa. He used to lie there and roll around like a cat in the morning sun ... a bit of a species identity issue I think! He also sometimes brings me his toys, like a puppy. He's my first bun so I wasn't expecting that. Do yours?

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oh yeah! they bring me toys and jump up on me for attention. Ryo is always standing on her hind legs with her front paws on you trying to get you to give her a head petting.
Ryo is also a climber and WILL get onto of the table and sleep like a cat would. i learned that the hard way, once she jumped up on the table when i was gone and ate ciggeratte butts from the ashtray. now i keep everything put up (my rabbits are VERY rarely in their cages)
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