My Rabbit Loves to Dig

@Pigglies (9339)
United States
March 24, 2007 2:31pm CST
I wonder if I could work that to my advantage and somehow have her trim her own front nails? Not that they're hard to trim, but I was just thinking how great that would be. Does anyone use their rabbit's digging skills to wear down their nails? She'll dig anything. She's on linoleum flooring, digs on that. She has two litterboxes, and one is flipped over and used to sit on. She digs that too. I'm tempted to put sandpaper on it, haha.
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@freak369 (4928)
• United States
24 Mar 07
Get her a part time job digging holes lol! Ever tried taking a piece of wood and putting some sand paper on it? We did that with one rabbit and he would run for it as soon as he saw it. I think he liked the sound of it when he would start scratching it. I never liked clipping the piggies or rabbits nails because I was always scared that I would hit the quick and they would bleed. Taking the pigs for walks on the concrete did help keep them in check. Good luck with the 'hole' situation lol!
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Oh that is funny! I might have to try that. How big a piece of wood did you use? I don't usually hit the quicks when trimming nails, but hey, if she could do them herself that would definitely be nice. I actually have the linoleum partly because I could imagine holes all throughout my carpet.
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@freak369 (4928)
• United States
7 Apr 07
It was a block, about five inches square. We also used a ten by ten piece that we glued a large piece f sandpaper to. Maybe it tickled his paws, maybe he liked the sound .. but I think it was that he knew he was annoying everyone because as soon as the television came on, he would go for it and start scratching away LOL Thanks for the best response :]
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
7 Apr 07
That is too funny. I bet Floppy would do it to annoy me too. She likes to play with a rattle she has when the TV is on.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
25 Mar 07
I used to have a little Dutch dwarf bunny that had the run of the house, which it sounds like yours might to? She used to do all the same things you desribe, bu not all that often because she was usually to busy cruising around the house and playing with the cats. I guess their nails are like their teeth, they just grow and grow and grow.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Mine only gets the run of half my room, as there are just too many things to get into here (she gets the half where there are no computer wires). Maybe it is because she's only been here less than a year, so she's still exploring. But my 11 year old rabbit was a digger for year, and he continues to be a chewer. Thankfully, my Floppy is not much of a chewer, so perhaps eventually she could have the entire run of the house (so long as she doesn't dig up the carpet).
• India
25 Mar 07
That is completely natural. Even my rabbits love to burrow. Paper...mud...grass Anything she finds she'll dig in it..its quite amusing but sometimes irritating as she sometimes climb in pots of the house and throw all the mud out !!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Yeah, my 11 year old rabbit used to always jump in the pile of warm laundry fresh out of the dryer and dig in it if he got the chance. He's pretty funny. He doesn't do it anymore though. They're definitely digging animals. :)
@perugu (5281)
• India
24 Mar 07
hi,friend,i too have 2 pairs of rabbits in my garden,but they are growing just like that with some vegetables and fruits.Here we are not caring them any extra..this is same all other friends also known.After hearing you this discussion,i want to take them vet.doctor.Thank you.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
24 Mar 07
You should definitely take them in for a check up if they've never been in before. Make sure that aside from fruits and vegetables, they also have access to hay (or at least, grasses).
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@rainbow (6763)
25 Mar 07
My dads white rabbit Alfie digs the patio stones, his wooden cat litter toilet and the lounge carpet, lol. Alfie spends a lot of time running around when they are in so they can keep an eye on him, he digs the garden sometimes if they are out there with him. His teeth removal went well by the way and he's eating everything in his bowl again now, bless him. I passed on your advice and he doesn't have pellets, more mixed food but he eats it all and his face is a much better shape. He's a happy bunny. They do keep a check on his claws but I think they wear down quite well really as he is so active.