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Question when to let a new bun run free to the house

Help please I am new to bun I have a baby flemish and would like to let here out off the cage but not sure when.She is from dec 22 I am trying to teach her not to chew on every thing and at this point she is using the litter box Here cage is about 5'X4' and two levels.
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I would start out by bunny proofing one room to keep her in. See how she does with that, and if she does well, give her some more space, and keep doing that untill she has the run of the whole house.



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You can't really successfully teach a rabbit not to chew on things. Whether you like it or not, they will chew - chewing is normal. You need to make sure all electric wires are covered(google search: rabbit proofing your home), you need to make sure there's no potted, toxic plants within reach, you need to make sure they can't get into any medical pills you have laying around, and you need to be careful of WHAT she eats. I had a rabbit die, I'm pretty sure, of intestinal blockage from nibbling on a blanket and swallowing the pieces.

It may seem like a lot, but once you'd rabbit-proofed your home, the worst of it will be over. Flemies get huge, so having a free-roam rabbit is an excellent idea. Although, general consensus agrees to cage your rabbit when you're sleeping, or out. Even if it's not caged, even if you like... close him in the bathroom, with the toilet seat down. Oh yes - that's another thing.... You must make sure the toilet lid is down. Rabbits can drown from hopping into a toilet and being unable to get back out.

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Pffft, what are you talking about?! YOU beat ME yesterday!
Your rabbit died from eating a blankie?! That scares me.. Smudge LOVES his blankies, but he doesnt eat them. He grooms all the fuzz off them though LOL.


And I always cage Smudge at night, unless Im not sleeping in my room for some reason. I put a baby gate across my door so he cannot get out.



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Pffft, what are you talking about?! YOU beat ME yesterday!
Your rabbit died from eating a blankie?! That scares me.. Smudge LOVES his blankies, but he doesnt eat them. He grooms all the fuzz off them though LOL.


And I always cage Smudge at night, unless Im not sleeping in my room for some reason. I put a baby gate across my door so he cannot get out.

I'm pretty sure he did.... I had a blanket in his cage to protect him from some grating, and I would hear "*riiiiiip!!!*" a few times a night. I didn't think it was anything bad, I didn't think he'd EAT them, he had hay and everything, so a few days of that, I put him down on the floor to have his daily run-time, and he kind of....teetered over to his side. I finally connected the dots then - he hadn't been drinking from his water bottle, he hadn't been eating his pellets. I knew he was severely dehydrated, because I did the whole "pull up on the skin at the back of his neck, and when it didn't resume its original posture, and kind of...stuck up like that, that meant dehydrated" thing. Rushed him to an emergency vet I picked at random...and he died on the car-ride there. I never saw my fiance so torn up before - he's loved rabbits ever since he first met Flicker when I moved in with him - so needless to say, he loved Flicker to death. He kept crying "You aren't going to do this to me. Not here, not now. You can't do this." It still brings tears to my eyes to think about it.

I will never place another blanket in another rabbit's reach ever again. I'm sure not all rabbits do it - it doesn't sound like Smudge does, but after that, that was a horrible experience, I'm not risking it ever again. And I kick myself, because I should have foreseen it. I have a pillow case that's got holes all over it, I imagine Flicker would sit on my bed and nibble on the pillow case. The material from the pillow case never did any arm - it was an actual blanket that did him in. So really, the only kind of warming material I would ever trust with a rabbit ever again is a pillow case or a sheet.

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Thats so sad! Smudge has had his blankies for years, and none of them have been eaten, so I think he is safe. It something to keep in mind though I guess.
LOL, my pillow case is full of holes too! It fell on the ground when I wasnt home, and it seems Smudge has a blast tearing it up.



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