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Why does the rabbit eat the floor?

September 28, 2012

I came into the kitchen, having completed my marathon cleaning duties upstairs (no real cleaning has happened for six weeks), and in need of a cup of coffee and a sit down, to find that our darling pet rabbit, Peaches,  was sitting under the kitchen table ripping up the kitchen floorboards with her teeth. She was sitting contentedly amidst a pile of thin, curling slivers of wood looking as though she was intent on getting into the cellar.

She appeared a little irritated when she saw me and fixed me with a beady eye before thumping, and lolloping off to hide under the butcher’s block – a hiding place she can, and will, defend (probably feeling safe in  the knowledge that no butchery will take place. Hah! Things can change).

This floor digging exercise follows on from her recent attempts to flood the scullery by chewing through the cold water feed pipe of the washing machine. Maybe it’s a sign.

I took the hint and swept the floor, washed it and then applied a coat of varnish to the bare wood in the hope that it would discourage her from chewing (and so that it wouldn’t look as though we have a mad rabbit who chews floors). This was a mistake as the varnish took hours to dry – it’s still tacky now some eight hours later – and the floor now has partial human footprints and rabbit hair decorating it which looks worse than the rabbit-gouged floor.

I got my own back though as I threw some chopped, fresh from the garden vegetables, including a rather fine stripy aubergine and a couple of apache chillies, and herbs, also from the garden – zero food miles – into a pot with some olive oil and didn’t give her any. That’ll teach her.

I’m not sure why she wants to eat the floor though. Maybe something’s missing in her life – comfort flooring perhaps?

 

 

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