Question Hi Dana,
My rabbit likes chewing wooden clothes pegs. I know some wood is unsafe for rabbits. I am not sure what they are made of. He is a house bunny and seems happy but should I get him a rabbit friend?
Answer Dear Sue,
Unless you know what type of wood it is, I can't really guarantee it's safe. But I really doubt the pegs are made from anything but a typical hardwood, such as beech, maple, etc. If it's walnut (those would be expensive clothes pegs!) it could be dangerous. Pine and fir are okay, too. The main thing is that the pegs not be treated with anything, such as heavy metals, to delay decay. Pressure-treated wood is dangerous for this reason.
All bunnies love companionship of other bunnies! But spay/neuter is essential first. Then you can contact your local rabbit rescuer to arrange "blind dates" with eligible bunny bachelorettes and see whom he picks. (Always let bun do the choosing.) Careful dates with supervision and help from the rescuer could give you a pair of happier bunnies.
Hope this helps!
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