However, letting them gnaw on everything they come across their living space would be downright dangerous as plenty of stuff can cause them harm. Wires are one of them.
Rabbits have a biological need to chew.
Boredom can also lead to chewing. Buns with nothing to do may decide to entertain themselves by nibbling on those dangling wires and cords within their reach.
Your bun may wonder if it will make a good meal and try to find out by taking a bite or two. The rubbery texture of the wire’s coating encourages further chewing, and your pet may decide how much fun it is to gnaw on his newly discovered chew toy.
Nibbling on wires poses risks for your bun. However, the severity of the injuries he sustains depends on the following scenarios.
If the plug at the end of the wire isn’t inserted into a socket, the primary danger to your pet comes from the wiring material. Wires contain toxic substances, such as zinc, which can cause mouth lacerations.
Rabbits that chew on live wires could suffer from a host of potential injuries, such as mild burns to the mouth, cardiac and respiratory trouble, and in extreme cases, death.
A rabbit with a free run of your home will have plenty of opportunities to get at your electronics’ wires and cables, not to mention carpet and walls!