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Bunnies are cuddly, lovable pets that need lots of love and care. Few people know that bunnies need to be watched closely because they like to chew on wires in their enclosures. But, is it safe for your bunny? We don’t recommend using any brand of led strip lights for this reason.
Bunnies can be different than other animals. Some play, some are hyper and some just seem to have a secret fascination with wires. Just like people, bunnies like to know that they have a sense of control. They can sense that their enclosure is tightly controlled and will do things to make it open again or even destroy it if they think they can escape captivity in some way.
Fortunately, most bunnies that chew on wires or hooks don’t mean any harm but some of them do, so we’ll be covering the dangers in this article and explain how you can keep your bunny safe from harm when using led strip lights inside their habitat.
What are the dangers?
Bunnies can easily damage or even take a part of the wire running inside their habitat when they chew on it. The wires are usually immersed in soft plastic so that bunnies can have no problems chewing on them. Things change when they chew on the wires of led strip lights, which are usually exposed and bare metal.
The current running inside led strip lights can easily harm your bunny when it comes in contact with his sensitive skin. Many bunnies have very sensitive skin and if the current is strong enough, they can be so uncomfortable that they’ll start to chew on wires just to get it off.
When bunnies are stressed, they often chew a lot more than usual and this is the main reason why they’re stressed. Led strip lights are especially known to cause stress in bunnies.
Here’s how you can avoid this:
1) Keep the wires outside the cage or enclosures away from your bunny’s habitat at all times; always use cable ties as a barrier instead of wire-free strips. This way, bunnies will be unable to access the wires and will stop chewing.
2) If you’ve already installed them, you’re going to have to either completely remove them from your bunny’s enclosure (if possible) or place them in a place that is not accessible by your bunny. If you can’t do this, you’ll have to get some electric wire mesh and cover the wires with it.
3) Always supervise your bunny when he/she is outside of his/her habitat just in case there is a wire exposed, which they have no control over. The more supervision, the better.
4) You can also get an electric fence for your bunny to enjoy. This will be a great way to create boundaries (especially for bunnies that like to go on the moon) and keep them away from the wires and secure your led strip lighting installation.
There are many other ways that you can properly secure the wires of led strips in order to keep them out of your bunny’s reach, but this is what we recommend the most since it’s not only very effective but safe. Just make sure that you continue caring for your bunnies as normal because this would work best if you don’t give up on them just because they’ve chewed on something once. They don’t mean to do it, but if they’re stressed or want something, this could happen.
We hope this article helped you learn more about the dangers of your bunny chewing on wires. Whether you decide to use led strip lights or any other type of lighting for that matter is up to you. But make sure that if you decide to employ any type of electrical lighting, that the wires are securely set so that bunnies can’t access them in their habitat.
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Are colored lights bad for rabbits?
Rabbits are highly sensitive to changes in their environment. Humans are very attuned to light and color, but it’s important to remember that other species can be affected as well.
Colored lights can cause major issues for rabbits, who have a unique physiological response to the effects of certain colors on their vision. The use of inadequate lighting with artificial white light can cause the retina in rabbits’ eyes to become photo-sensitive and prone to injury from infrared radiation, while overusing green fluorescent or ultraviolet lighting may stimulate territorial aggression or reproductive behaviors among bunnies.
What effect does lighting have on rabbits?
Rabbits are very sensitive to lighting, and in fact, may change their entire behavioral patterns with the onset of different light regimes. Rabbits have adapted to a wide range of lighting conditions, from total darkness to full moonlight. Unlike humans, rabbits can see infrared light and are therefore not blinded by bright lights.
The more visible spectrum they see can vary depending on their time of year and position on the globe. Rabbits are less sensitive to changes in color than humans, but they can still be severely affected by certain types of lighting.
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The most common lightbulb used in homes is a white, incandescent light bulb. These bulbs emit a white light that contains a wide range of wavelengths from infrared to ultraviolet. When used in the home, these bulbs also emit a great deal of heat, which can cause thermal injury if too close to the rabbit.
It’s too dangerous for rabbits to be kept in an area with a setting on a light that has any sort of heat output. These bulbs are also particularly damaging to rabbits, as they can cause phototoxicity, which leads to retinal damage in the form of photosensitivity. This is the primary reason why many pet shops won’t sell these types of bulbs.
Many people also use fluorescent lights for their homes or office. Fluorescent light bulbs produce light through the use of mercury vapor. Although not as potentially damaging as incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lights still emit high levels of ultraviolet (UV) light, which can also harm your rabbit. UV light can cause a serious type of skin irritation called photo-kerato-conjunctivitis (PCV), which is especially common in white rabbits.
Green, blue and purple lights
These colors are not technically bad for rabbits, but they can be. Green, blue and purple is all colors in the “cool-colored” light spectrum. It’s important to understand what this means. The visible light spectrum contains different wavelengths of light that correspond to specific colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Cool colors on the spectrum are found at the red end of the visible spectrum: red, orange, and yellow. Blue and green are cooler colors, and purple is the coolest of all. Cool colors contain much less blue and green than the visible color spectrum, which makes them very “cool” in comparison to their counterparts.
As a result, they have a relaxing effect on humans but can severely affect rabbits. Because of this strong color difference between cool colors and the visible spectrum, people often mistake cool-colored lights for fluorescent lights, since they look similar at first glance. This is why they are often banned by many pet shops and the ASPCA.
These lights are especially harmful to rabbits because they not only look similar but also produce a similar effect on their eyes. Like fluorescent lights, cool colors also contain a great deal of ultraviolet light. UV light can cause phototoxicity, which leads to retinal damage in the form of photosensitivity. This is the primary reason why many pet shops won’t sell these types of bulbs.