Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Mouth Guard


I mentioned to Melanie yesterday that we use Lego to protect our electrical cables from wandering bunny mouths. Here are two of Dan's creations. This protects a lamp, the router, phone and fridge cables. Despite the open weave design, it's very effective. 



In the living room the TV wire, which has fallen prey to Big Grey and had to be replaced, has a more compact box to protect it (yes, I know the area needs a lick of paint, Big Grey sits there and occasionally nibbles and scratches).



I like this box as it's a nice mixture of the zingy Lego I bought for Dan a few years ago and some of his old stuff which is a bit more weathered. 

12 comments:

  1. This is very clever! I'm assuming they can't poke their snozzles through the gaps, but have they ever tried to break the open weave design?

    We have random things blocking areas where they aren't allowed here. Recently they decided to chew our glass door cabinet which Bob had ignored for over a year and which Belle wasn't fussed by, now it has nasty tooth scrapes so I had to put their travel pods in front with a chair wedging them there. As we have limited room, Bob's huge box filled with screwed up brown paper which was a birthday treat has to go in front of the cabinet, so the pods were moved. It took an hour to break through this heavy duty box to make another door and there they were back with access to the cabinet so we have a doormat protecting it now! The glamour with bunnies just never ends, but we love the Lego idea x

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    1. To stop them from chewing, or in the case of the white one licking, furniture I clean things with a citrus cleaner, they don't seem to like that very much. I do keep some of those waxy furniture filling sticks handy though just in case.

      In terms of the open weave barrier, I think this is the third or fourth configuration, we do something, see how they react and adapt where necessary, the widest gap is just over 2cm, which is a little bit too small for Big Grey's big face to fit through. The White Thing doesn't tend to go to this area for some reason, but just in case I do keep something noisy under the trolley so I can hear if they're nearby. The more heavy duty barrier is in the living room where they are allowed to spend time unsupervised, when they're in the other room I keep an eye on them.

      I am so glad to find someone else who does all this stuff to their home to maintain harmony.

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    2. All our wood furniture is in the bedroom out of harms way, all except a side table which was Andy's late aunts and that has an eyesore of a barrier in the way as it's in the living room. We know that whatever gets put in the way of something they will chew, but we have considered a picket fence set up as at least it'll look nice, random, but nice.

      We tried Bitter Bite once when we were first time bunny parents years ago, but that didn't work then we tried vinegar, but although that worked in the short-term it wasn't practical to keep reapplying throughout the day.

      Likewise, it's good to find someone else who has house buns and understands :) We've had house bunnies since the late nineties and have barely encountered anyone else who does as well. We have experience by the bucket load but it's always nice to hear how others do things x

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    3. We have mainly metal legs downstairs so we get more chinning than biting, like you our nice things are kept upstairs. We have had our share of weird and wonderful barriers over the years. We used to have a massive fireguard, that worked really well but I have no idea why we didn't bring it to this house when we moved.

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  2. Clever use of lego indeed!!!

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    1. Thanks. Dan gets a lot of pleasure from building these structures!

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  3. What a fabulous idea! Brilliant x

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  4. I think you ought to contact the Lego Executives... I'm sure that you are using their bricks in a way that they never planned!! Jx

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