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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > Chews up blankets/towels, is this ok?
Last Post by Sarita at 7/04/2013 5:21 AM (11 Replies)
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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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7/03/2010 6:37 AM

So I want to add a towel or blanket to Zeus's cage for traction, as it's a bit slick.  I already have a ceramic tile in there and it does okay, but I can't really line the whole cage with tiles very well.

I put a blanket in there, and he promptly chewed a hole in it.  That's not a problem, but I am worried he will eat some of the fabric and it will create a blockage in his digestive tract.  People who use blankets and towels in their bun's cage, don't your buns chew them up?  Are you concerned they're eating some?

I'm afraid to leave him unattended with a blanket in his cage because if he begins ingesting parts of it I won't be there to see it.  So how can I safely add traction to his cage?  Or do buns just chew blankets and towels, and not eat them? 

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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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7/03/2010 5:28 PM

 Man, everyone must be out of town for the 4th of July weekend! 

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She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline mrmac
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7/03/2010 6:49 PM
Some bunnies will actually eat the fabric, others may chew holes and only eat a little bit, others do not touch blankets or towels at all. My bunnies have blankets that they chew on occasionally. A little is ok but keep an eye on him and make sure that he isn't eating a ton of it. You are right, if he eats too much of it he can get blocked up. Just watch him and if you think he is getting obsessive about it take them out. My bunnies will chew holes but only until they get it just how they want it. Once the newness of it wears off they just enjoy laying on them. Other ideas, you could use cardboard, I use this as well. Less slick than the floor and they can shred little pieces sometimes. There are other things like coroplast sheets that are corugated plastic sheeting that is used to make signs, you would have to go to a sign shop though for big enough sheets. I hope this helps some!
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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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7/04/2010 4:58 AM
Posted By mrmac on 07/03/2010 09:49 PM
Some bunnies will actually eat the fabric, others may chew holes and only eat a little bit, others do not touch blankets or towels at all. My bunnies have blankets that they chew on occasionally. A little is ok but keep an eye on him and make sure that he isn't eating a ton of it. You are right, if he eats too much of it he can get blocked up. Just watch him and if you think he is getting obsessive about it take them out. My bunnies will chew holes but only until they get it just how they want it. Once the newness of it wears off they just enjoy laying on them. Other ideas, you could use cardboard, I use this as well. Less slick than the floor and they can shred little pieces sometimes. There are other things like coroplast sheets that are corugated plastic sheeting that is used to make signs, you would have to go to a sign shop though for big enough sheets. I hope this helps some!


Yeah I think I won't be using blankets or towels, then.  He chews on them and I'm pretty sure attempts to eat the fabric if I don't take it away from him.  Not safe. .
 

I'm building him an x-pen right now and the floor of it will be Coroplast, so I'm glad you recommended it!  I will try some cardboard for the flooring of his crate and see if that helps.  He likes to chew cardboard but doesn't try and eat it like he does blankets.

Thanks for the input, I appreciate it! 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline lashkay
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7/04/2010 5:14 AM

Another good safe way to provide traction is with seagrass, willow and coconut fiber mats. It's safe for them to eat, provides the traction they need and generally lasts a long time, especially the coconut fiber mats. I have one under his haytrough that acts as a littermat and collects the hay, once every few days, I lift it and shake it into the trash and brush the hay and debris that clings to it, into the trash with my hand. I also have a coconut fibers mat attached to the roof of his mini-haven, with binder clips.  Also deters them from chewing on things like blankies and towels.  I was sitting with Dustor in his pen on the floor and he chewed a hole through my jeans cuff while I was in them!


User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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7/04/2010 5:22 AM

With blankets it's better safe than sorry! Bindi and Olivia both have blankets. Bindi chews tiny holes in it once in a blue moon but doesn't remove any fabric from the blanket, just makes a little hole. Olivia doesn't touch her blankets and Stormy HATES blankets so it's really a personal choice for the bunny. Bindi once chewed up a stuffed toy and we dealt with a blockage. We we're very lucky he pulled through that so definitely try to find something else to line the floor with!

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User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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7/04/2010 6:22 AM
Posted By lashkay on 07/04/2010 08:14 AM

Another good safe way to provide traction is with seagrass, willow and coconut fiber mats. It's safe for them to eat, provides the traction they need and generally lasts a long time, especially the coconut fiber mats. I have one under his haytrough that acts as a littermat and collects the hay, once every few days, I lift it and shake it into the trash and brush the hay and debris that clings to it, into the trash with my hand. I also have a coconut fibers mat attached to the roof of his mini-haven, with binder clips.  Also deters them from chewing on things like blankies and towels.  I was sitting with Dustor in his pen on the floor and he chewed a hole through my jeans cuff while I was in them!

Where do you find these?  I've used grass mats before.. but he looooves to eat them.  Literally, he will totally ignore hay and even greens just to eat the mat!  They're usually totally gone within 5 days or so.. so I can't afford to replace them constantly! .  Are the mats you're referring to 'less tasty' than these?:

http://www.petco.com/product/13360/PETCO-Straw-Mats.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch

At $3 a pop, I can't afford to buy those every 5 days, haha! .

I did just put a Pepsi box that I cut down flat into his cage, so we'll see if that at least offers more traction than the cage floor itself.

 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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7/04/2010 6:23 AM
Posted By LittlePuffyTail on 07/04/2010 08:22 AM

With blankets it's better safe than sorry! Bindi and Olivia both have blankets. Bindi chews tiny holes in it once in a blue moon but doesn't remove any fabric from the blanket, just makes a little hole. Olivia doesn't touch her blankets and Stormy HATES blankets so it's really a personal choice for the bunny. Bindi once chewed up a stuffed toy and we dealt with a blockage. We we're very lucky he pulled through that so definitely try to find something else to line the floor with!


Yeah I don't think I'll be using blankets, towels, or any stuffed toys or anything.  He never had them in his cage before now, so maybe he just doesn't get that you're not supposed to eat them.
 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline lashkay
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7/04/2010 6:50 AM
Yes, coconut fiber mats I think seem to be far less tasty than grass mats, after a few sporadic pulls here and there once in a blue moon, Dustor leaves them alone and uses them for traction and to sleep on. Busybunny.com has attractive printed ones for about $6 and bunnyrabbit.com I believe has some, and willow mats can be gotten from thebunnybasics.com The coconut fiber in my house or I should say maybe, Dustor's house lol pay for themselves over and again.

User is Offline bunnnnnnie!
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7/04/2010 7:10 AM
Posted By lashkay on 07/04/2010 09:50 AM
Yes, coconut fiber mats I think seem to be far less tasty than grass mats, after a few sporadic pulls here and there once in a blue moon, Dustor leaves them alone and uses them for traction and to sleep on. Busybunny.com has attractive printed ones for about $6 and bunnyrabbit.com I believe has some, and willow mats can be gotten from thebunnybasics.com The coconut fiber in my house or I should say maybe, Dustor's house lol pay for themselves over and again.


Great, thanks for the info!  I'll definitely look into coconut mats. 
 

He's the floppiest... he's the loppiest... he's King Zeus, the gentle giant French Lop!

She's the fuzziest... she's the wuzziest... she's Little Hera, the spunky Lionhead!


User is Offline awsomebunny
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7/04/2013 4:20 AM

 can someone help me. i woke up this morning and my bunny rigby had part of my jens draged in his cage. it looks like he chewed it a bit but im scared that he mite get sick. is it realy bad for him to chw on jeans or will he be ok


User is Offline Sarita
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7/04/2013 5:21 AM
Awesomebunny, please do not pull up and reply to old posts - start your own topic - this post is 3 years old.

Just watch your rabbit, he may be fine but it is up to you to monitor him.
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