Bunnies and Chewing

Have you recently adopted a bunny? You’ve certainly chosen an adorable pet! Bunnies do have some very specific care requirements, however. If you’ve never had a rabbit before, you’ll want to do some research to ensure that you understand your pet’s needs. One thing all bunny parents should understand is that these cute little furballs have a strong need to chew. Below, a Diamond Bar, CA vet discusses bunnies and chewing.

Why Bunnies Chew

Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, so Floppy’s choppers never stop growing. In the wild, this is very important, because wild rabbits eat lots of tough plants and roots that would otherwise wear their teeth away. Since pets have much softer diets, your furball will be constantly looking for things to nibble on. If your bunny’s teeth get too long, she could develop painful dental problems. This is one reason that it’s so important to make sure your bunny always has fresh grass hay.

What Bunnies Chew

What do bunnies like to chew on? The short answer is, well, pretty much anything and everything within reach. Therefore, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Remove or secure cords and wires; toxic plants; medicines; chemicals; and small objects. You’ll also want to keep personal items, like purses and shoes, out of Floppy’s reach, and use protective coverings on baseboards, furniture legs, and carpets. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Floppy will need lots of suitable chew toys. Your furball can nibble on items made of wood, cardboard, or paper, as long as they are clean and free of varnish, stains, or dyes. You can actually make bunny toys out of everyday household items. For instance, you can stuff the cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll with fresh hay or herbs, or just crumple up a piece of plain paper around a yummy tidbit. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. Never give her anything with small pieces or sharp edges.


Floppy is quite capable of learning proper bunny petiquette. When your adorable pet tries to nibble on something she shouldn’t, stamp your foot or clap your hands. Then, offer her something appropriate. If she goes for it, offer her praise and treats. You can also ask your vet about using a taste deterrent.

Call us, your Diamond Bar, CA animal hospital, for all your bunny’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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