Small pets like to chew. They may do it out of boredom. It’s also a way to keep their constantly-growing teeth under control. But it can also be destructive. You can’t stop this behaviour completely, nor should you. But you can channel it in a constructive direction.
First, Ask Why
Try to figure out why your pet is chewing. Are they bored? There are things you can do to help.
- Make sure your pet is getting plenty of attention and play. If your pet lives alone, consider bringing them home a friend.
- Give them more opportunities for exercise and play.
- Give them more of your own time and attention.
- Provide plenty of boredom busters and enrichment activities.
Spaying and neutering can also curb destructive behaviour, including chewing. It’s also beneficial for their health.
Chew-Proof Their Environment
Rabbits and other small pets love to snack on electrical and data cords. It’s not only expensive for you, but it can be dangerous for them.
If your pet is chewing on their enclosure, it could eventually lead to escape, and no one wants that.
There are a few ways you can make your pet’s environment less of a chewing hazard:
- Remove or cover all exposed wires and cords. Cover them with a rug, run them through a PVC tube, or secure them out of reach.
- Spray wooden surfaces with a pet-safe chewing deterrent.
Give Them Something to Chew On
Your pet isn’t going to stop chewing, nor should they. But you can redirect their instinct to things that are actually good for them to chew. These include:
- Pet-safe toys
- Cardboard boxes and tubes (remove labels and tape first)
- Dental treats
Chew on This
Chewing is natural and healthy. When chewing becomes destructive, however, there are things you can do. Address any behavioural causes. Chew-proof their enclosure and exercise areas. And give your pets something healthy to chew on.