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Hello!

 I had an idea that I'm tossing around and I'm not sure if it's safe for bunny. It's one of those PVC foam slip pads that one would use in a kitchen. So instead of using it near the sink (on the floor for a fall resistant surface), I'm deciding to trash it, but not before slicing out a piece and possibly using it for bunny's cage. My only concern is her digging and possible chewing of such and its reaction to her body. So do you think I could use this? It seems handy being water resistant, easier to clean her body fluids and other things. Thanks for your help!


Andrew

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Dear Andrew

If there is ANY risk of her chewing or swallowing it, do not let her anywhere near this.  It could cause a fatal blockage.  I would not use this for any reason.  Instead, stick to 100% cotton, cushy mats.  Any type of synthetic fiber or material that could be chewed and swallowed is very dangerous for bunnies.

Hope that helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

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Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


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For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

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I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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