All rabbits are very inquisitive and need to keep their mind active otherwise they can become bored and depressed very quickly. This can then lead to behavioural problems. Lots of toys will help them to keep fit and healthy. By providing a selection of different toys on a regular basis you will have one happy bunny!
In this section…
- Fun cardboard boxes
- Other cardboard items
- Dig boxes
- Things to throw about
- Blankets and bedding
- Telephone directories
- Fun with hay racks
- Wicker baskets, tunnels and balls
- Tree trunks and branches
- Food games
Simple ideas for hours of fun!
- A box of around 18in by 18in by 12in is an ideal size for most rabbits except Flemish giants of course!
- The double walled cardboard boxes are more sturdier and will last longer than single walled boxes.
- Layering cardboard inside the box gives them more to play with and makes it last a bit longer. Cut out 2 door ways in the box, this adds a fun element to it and also stops the bunny from overheating if he is gnawing/scratching away for a long time inside the box.
- Connect smaller cardboard boxes to the entrance of larger ones to make it more interesting and so they have 2 levels to jump around on.
- Supermarkets will be happy to provide you with cardboard boxes. Some supermarkets stock their boxes at the end of the tills if you needed one to help with your shopping. Some garden centres also keep a large stock of cardboard boxes handy.
- You can buy cardboard boxes in bulk and they don’t take up much room storage wise as they are flat packed.
- Make sure they do not use staples in their boxes for obvious reasons.
Use Brown Paper Framers Masking Tape (like the tape they use to frame pictures) instead of the plastic tape. But still keep it out of chewing reach of your rabbit.
- Cardboard recycling bins that are found in offices will make great toys for your bunny at very reasonable prices.
- Also cardboard toys for children can be just as much fun for your rabbit, but check they don’t use staples and check if coloured cardboard.
- You could buy a mini corrugated cardboard roll for your rabbit to rip up and dig at. Place sheets inside cardboard boxes. Very cheap to buy.
Below are just some items that can make ideal dig boxes:
- Seed trays or drip trays
- Flower pots
- Washing up bowls
- Plastic storage containers.
Fill with soil or with grass turf and this will provide fun for your rabbit and also natural behaviour as they will like to dig. You could also add dandelion and herb seeds. (If they are undercover, remember to water them.)
Inside runs rather than using a tray you can use different types of edging to make a raised area and fill this with soil or grass turf. Use bricks, slabs or breeze blocks or railway sleeper type edging or various edging you buy from garden centres to edge flower beds.
There are lots of different ways, but remember you won’t be able to move it around like you would if it was in a container and also if its wood, make sure it is rabbit friendly. If you use bricks etc, make sure they are safe and sturdy and that they can’t topple over.
Indoor dig boxes can be filled with lots of bits of cardboard & paper torn up for them to dig through and throw about.
- Flower pots
- Plastic toy balls
- Hard plastic dog/cat toys
- Cardboard tubes
- Jam jar lids
- Tissue boxes (make sure their head cannot get stuck).
Rabbits love to move about blankets and dig at them.
Things like cotton pillow cases with sample squares of carpet inside can be used as a bed and will also provide hours of entertainment as they like to scratch at the cotton and it is one of the more difficult materials for them to destroy.
Your rabbit will enjoy shredding this up and scratching at the pages. Place inside a cardboard box if you don’t want too much mess made.
Your rabbit will love demolishing anything that is wicker. Please note treated wicker can be toxic and should therefor never be given to your rabbit. It is extremely difficult to work out what is treated and what is untreated wicker. Your best and safest option is to buy wicker items that have been made especially for a rabbit to play with.
Use hay racks where they can pull at the hay as they enjoy pulling it out. Some items that make ideal hay racks are: strawberry planters, hard plastic or stainless steel racks to store carrier bags, rolled up tunnels of galvanised wire with hay stuffed in the middle. (Make sure there are no sharp edges left exposed). Utensil/cutlery holders or fruit bowls, hanging baskets and half moon wall planters. Make sure all gaps are stuffed with hay so they can’t trap their feet or head in any gaps.
These make great toys and hideouts for rabbits.
Contact a local tree surgeon or landscape company or local gardener to let them know you would be interested in any off cuts they may have. But make sure they come from trees that are safe to rabbits (see safe and unsafe foods PDF).
They love to sit on top of pieces of wood and also you can make a great hiding place out of large bits of tree branches. If they are sturdy enough you could attach a flat piece of ply wood on top of the branches so your rabbit can jump on top and crawl underneath amongst the branches.
Place tiny bits of carrot & other foods like dried herbs or healthy treats in amongst their hay on a daily basis, so they have to work for their treats. Place treats in amongst hay and stuff this into small boxes and then make small holes in the box for them to chew and get at the treats. Egg boxes and cardboard tubes are good for this too or paper bags can be used also.