Rabbits are naturally curious and interested in exploring. Many rabbits enjoy solving simple puzzles (often with a treat in the end) while some love the simple act of destruction (like knocking down blocks or tearing up paper). One of the worst things you can do with these intelligent animals is to leave them bored and alone in their cage all day. Toys are a great way to provide your rabbit with mental stimulation. An occupied bunny is much less likely to exhibit aggressive or destructive habits. Luckily, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy play things or toys for your rabbit! These are tons of toys you can make with items you likely have lying around, and many that can be made with items otherwise destined for the trash can. So it’s a win-win for recycling trash and entertaining your bunny!
Want some easy ideas you can make today with common household items? Always keep an eye on your rabbit when she has toys. Chewing and ripping pieces off is fine, but if she is actually ingesting bits of paper, fabric or plastic, it’s time to take the toy away. Want some ideas for playing with your rabbit? Check out my post “How to Play with your Rabbit”
Lunch Bag – this is fun for the puzzle solvers, treat lovers and paper rippers! Just take a paper lunch bag, stuff with hay, tie the top with a longish piece of hay or jute rope. Cut a few small holes in the bag to encourage them to dig in it
Cardboard box 1 – close the box up entirely, cut a hole in the front and the back for entrances and a hole or two in the top for them to peek out of
Cardboard box 2 – cut a hole in the front and leave the top open. Fill the box with crumpled tissue, wrapping or newspaper and let your bunny dig and toss paper about (try to use non glossy paper with as little print as possible)
Cardboard box 3 – cut a hole in both the front & back to make a tunnel – at the top of each opening punch a small hole and tie lengths of twine in front of the door, making a “curtain”
Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tube – stuff with hay and hang with a string, or just give to them to roll around
Bottle Top Toss Toy – collect 8 or 9 bottle tops from soda or water bottles. Carefully use a utility knife to cut a small hole in each top. String together and tie into a ring.
Empty Oatmeal Cardboard Container – punch a few holes in the cardboard tube and fill with small treats. Let the rabbit roll it around to get the treats out
Willow Balls – bunnies think these decorative woven balls are lots of fun to toss around and chew on. Be sure to choose non lacquered, natural ones as they will definitely be chewed on
Old Stuffed Animal – reuse those old stuffed animals for cuddling, tossing or ripping. Be sure to remove any eyes, buttons or other small items that could be choking hazards
Short on time? Check out these fun pre-made toys!