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How To Bunny Proof Your Garden

Rabbits make adorable pets – but they're also mischievous too!

And if you have a fluffy bundle that you'd love to let out into the garden, but want to make sure they're safe – as well as your plants! - then you're not alone.

Popping them into a pen can be a great way of controlling their movements while inside the house. But what happens when you go outside?

Pets love to stretch their legs – especially rabbits. And so giving them a space to run around and get some exercise is great for their health and wellbeing.

Obviously this proposes a few hazards. Things like potential escape routes in the garden as well as any plants that might be poisonous to them.

To help you get your garden rabbit ready, follow our top five tips for making it safe and secure for your pet.

Top five tips on getting your garden rabbit ready

1) Find the escape routes

Rabbits love to dig holes and burrow into your flower beds so even if your fence looks like it's secure, you'll need to properly proof it round the edges. Depending on what your garden is like – as well as your neighbours. Most rabbit-proof fencing involves digging stakes around 12 inches into the ground and then using chicken wire, spread across the posts, to stop them from burrowing under and getting out. This is fairly extreme however and mostly suited for keeping wild rabbits out.

That said, chicken wire is particularly useful and will also help to protect your growing vegetables so worth investing in and using to secure your garden.

2) Check your plants

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Even though rabbits love to much on pretty much anything, not all of it is safe for them to eat. Make sure you're not growing anything that could be harmful to your rabbit. In terms of plants, this is mainly going to be plants that grow from bulbs as well as foxgloves, rhubarb leaves and poppies.

You don't want them eating lots of vegetables either. And not just because you were planning on eating them! Too many vegetables will upset your rabbit's tummy so watch what they're nibbling on at all times!

Click here for a full list of plants that are harmful to rabbits.

3) Give them a hideaway

Birds might not look like a threat but when you're a little bundle of fluff, some birds can be super scary! It's also worth remembering that cats from around the area might be on the prowl near your garden. To make sure your bunny stays safe, it's worth giving them a pen to roam around in so you know they're safe while you've got your back turned.

This is also a great place to keep a little rabbit-friendly igloo too. Ideal for giving them somewhere to hideaway as well as a shady spot to relax in during the midday sun.

4) Access to water

With all that running around, your rabbit will be working up quite a thirst! As well as access to proper rabbit-friendly food and a little shelter, it's important they know where they can get a drink of water too. If your bunny is used to drinking from its bottle, pop it nearby and attached it to something secure where they can reach so they can quench their thirst whenever they need.

5) Safeguard the house

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Rabbits love to investigate and it might be that you find your bunny popping into the house now and again to see what's going on. This is all well and good until you realise just how many hazards there are around the home! Wires, cats, children, places to get stuck, things to nibble that can be harmful – there are lots of these in the house. And if you're not prepared for your rabbit's visit, they could end up having an accident or injuring themselves.

Stay safe and keep your rabbit out of the home by keeping your backdoor closed.

However if it's a sunny day and you've got the backdoor open, why not invest in a stair gate so you can keep bunny out while maintaining a cool breeze indoors.

It might be rainy outside but the sun is on its way so now is the best time to get ready for the warmer months.

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Disclaimer: This content in this article is intended for information or entertainment purposes only, it is not intended to replace the advice of a vet or animal health professional. Your use of the information is entirely at your own risk and Me & My Pets assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of the information found on this site. If you have any questions or concerns over your pet's wellbeing you should consult your vet immediately.  

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