Can rabbits eat artificial grass? No, they can’t. Will they try to eat the artificial grass? Yes.
Most breeding grounds allow kits to enjoy lawn runs, due to this reason, new owners yearn to get their little furry friends something with a feel of originality by adding a carpet of artificial grass in their hutch or the concrete run assigned for the animal.
Artificial grass also creates an aesthetically pleasing background for the hutch and helps prevent muscle tone loss if the animal is to be placed on a concrete run.
What is artificial grass?
As you have suspected, artificial grass is not real grass. It is really just a reinforced combination of polyethene, polypropylene and nylon that is designed to mirror the authenticity of real grass. Grass fibre is made from long-lasting and UV resistant polyethene sheets.
These blades are then added to a brown/ tan polypropylene thatch. To increase the resilience of artificial grass to wear and tear, a backing layer usually made of polyester rubber is added. In addition to the efforts put into creating an effect copy, the synthesis grass is infill with sand.
This ensures that the fibres remain upright and they return to their original position.
Safety Concerns and Benefits of artificial grass:
Like most ruminants, rabbits prefer to chew down and eat real, healthy grass so there’s little to worry about, except your rabbit is a chewer. Some rabbits chew down on anything, though they know it’s not eatable so you have to be extra careful with this type if you have this type of rabbit. Artificial grass does not a pose real threat, except to rabbits that have tried to eat the plastic repeatedly.
Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, artificial grass provides a whole lot of other benefits that include, zero/low maintenance upkeep, ten to fifteen-year long warranty (some artificial grass may sadly outlive your furry friend:-( and you don’t even have to worry about annoying pests and small animals!
True to the nature of plastic, artificial grass is non-porous and smooth, and these features make it inhabitable for pests. Some brands of artificial grass even come with anti-bacterial infills, which help you eliminate the risk of microorganisms infestations.
Negative Impacts of Artificial Grass on the environment
Two major concerns, ecologically conscious people have as the artificial grass has slowly emerged as a substitute for real grass, is its eco-friendliness and the possible threats it exposes to the environment.
Although artificial grass offers a lot of advantages to families across the globe, it has some non-ignorable impacts on the environment. Indeed, with artificial grass you do not have to worry about small insects/pests invading your space, on the other hand, due to the covered land, they affect the feeding of soil dwellers. This, of course, incites great worry due to the exponential decline in insects population.
Like the warranty promises, they do last for a lengthy period of time, however, what becomes of the plastic after it’s no longer needed? It mostly just turns to waste as it’s not recyclable. Unlike real grass, artificial grass has zero impact on climate, and it introduces the risk of microplastics.
Although cleaning and maintaining artificial grass is not as time-consuming and demanding as maintaining its real counterpart, you have to occasionally clean to keep it in good shape. You obviously do not have to worry about watering, mowing or fertiliSing.
The types of equipment needed for cleaning and maintaining artificial grass includes; a brush, plastic rake/ broom, buckets, paper towel, hose, detergent, sponge and water. For regular cleaning, the grass must be cleared of dust, dirt, and leaves with the use of a rake or broom. Then a cleaning solution should be prepared by mixing the detergent and appropriate amount of water in a bucket. The cleaning solution is applied with the use of a brush then hosed down with water.
To rid the artificial grass of pets waste and the horrid smell that comes with it, you’d need vinegar or baking soda. As soon as you sight the pet’s poop, with a paper towel in hand scoop it up and put it away in the trash bin. If you wait any longer, it would be harder to clean. For urine smell, mix baking soda and water or vinegar and water in an appropriate proportion in a bucket. Spray with water, then with the vinegar/ baking soda mix. Spray with clean water and let it air dry.
Things to do prevent a rabbit from chewing the artificial grass
Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do to stop a chewer from attempting to chew on synthetic grass. However, there are two practicable options that may protect your animals and artificial grass alike.
- Instead of purchasing artificial grass with long and inviting blades, consider buying grass with small blades.
- If the rabbit is out of its cage and on the lawn, keep a dog around. Rabbits naturally stay away from animals that they consider dangerous.
Using rabbits repellents sounds appealing, but its cons really do not overweigh its benefits.
Although artificial grass can’t be eaten by rabbits, it can be gnawed and chewed. The plastic nature makes it toxic to the animal, so try as much as possible to caution the animal frequently.