Believe it or not, toys do a whole lot more than simply provide entertainment for your rabbits. You see, when you supply your bunny with an assortment of interesting, species and age-appropriate toys to play with, you’re not only engaging their interest, but you’re also ensuring your smart little cottontail is mentally stimulated, encouraged to exercise, and isn’t tempted to nibble on things around the house when they’re outside of their cage. So, in all actuality, toys are an essential part of a rabbit’s life, one that you definitely don’t want to ignore.
Why Is Play Important for Rabbits?
Mental stimulation: Your intelligent little bunny can
Physical exercise: Bunnies need a healthy, safe outlet to burn off all that powerful, physical energy. Both their mind and body will certainly benefit. Without a means to exercise, they can easily become overweight or depressed, and quite possibly take out all that energy on your furniture when they’re out of their cage. As such, offer toys to chew on, dig into, climb on, crawl under, and hop on.
Distraction from destruction: Toys are also a way to entertain your pets, so they don’t focus that energetic need to chew on something else – and end up destroying your house! In a roundabout way, toys bunny-proof your home.
What Are Good Toys for Bunnies to Play With?
What makes a toy ideal for a bunny? Basically, there are three main criteria: they need to be safe, healthy, and appropriate for rabbits. While you can indeed purchase many toys for your
DIY Rabbit Toys
Here’s a great list of simple DIY ideas that you can make at home with some basic materials and very minimal work.
Hay-filled Carton Rol
Assemble several cardboard objects like paper bags, color-free shoe boxes, and large moving boxes. Cut entry points in the boxes and use the paper bags (with the bottoms cut out) to create tunnels, attaching the various pieces together to make a maze. Your rabbits will love crawling, burrowing, chewing, scratching, and nibbling their way through the toy.
Plain Wood Blocks
Use plain, untreated wood blocks to design different structures for your bunny to explore.
Nest of Sticks and Pine Cones
Though this one is fun, it does involve a few more complex steps. Collect untreated, dried out sticks and pine cones to create a fun nest your pets can play with. The wood, however, needs to age for at least 3 months before you can use it. Most importantly, making sure to stay away from the following wood that is toxic to rabbits: redwood, cherry, plum, peach, apricot, and other trees that produce a fruit with a solid pit. See a more detailed list of dangerous and safe chew woods at BunnyProof.
Tissue/wrapping Paper Heaven
Store-bought Rabbit Toys
If you’re interested in purchasing some fun toys for your
The Original Activity Zone Rabbit Toy – made of safe, non-toxic wood and coloring – is a play center that your rabbit is sure to fall cottontail-over-heels in love with. An eye-catching structure from every angle, this toy is full of entertainment possibilities. With strings and dangling toys safe to chew on, the structure itself also provides a fun place to hop on and hide under.
Rabbit Chew Toys
Made from 100% natural, organic, rabbit-safe wood, the JanYoo Bunny Chew Toys come in a sweet-tasting 7-pack of yummy deliciousness that’s fit for any bunny king or queen. When your rabbit is looking for a bit of fun (and a nice nibble), they can play with and chew on apple tree branches, a watermelon ball, dumbbell, unicycle, and squared molar block with rope, along with a small and medium sized bell roller. These toys will keep those choppers at a healthy length, but also provide your pet with lots of fun through exercise.
Bridges, Ramps, Ledges, and Platforms
Although not toys per se, you can use bridges, ramps, ledges, and platforms to create an exercise area for your rabbit, be it inside or outside their habitat. Build a stimulating environment with hidden treats to get your pets on the trail of something exciting, encouraging them to explore their space. They’ll surely be eager to scurry under platforms, climb up ramps, hop up onto ledges, and run over bridges.
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Rabbit Toys Keep Pets Happy
As a caring pet parent, you no doubt want your bunnies to thrive in every way possible, with the hope that they’re content living with you. Certainly, providing them with a safe place to live and healthy food is of utmost importance – but it’s not enough to ensure your rabbit is happy. That’s why bunnies need toys, as they provide a means for mental stimulation and physical exercise.
When you give them species-appropriate toys to interact with, you’re guaranteeing the best environment possible – one where they’re healthy and entertained.
Food for Thought: Do Fancier Toys Mean Happier Bunnies?
Out of sheer curiosity, I posed a question about store-bought toys versus DIY toys to my go-to bunny guru – my very own sister. After laughing at the question – which in my opinion was a legitimate one – she told me that she stopped spending money on toys a long time ago. While some cool-looking toys had held her bunny’s interest in the past, her pet always came back to the same tried-and-trusted favorites: cardboard boxes, crumpled up
So, in the end, although every rabbit is different with different preferences – just like humans – there’s really no need to dish out the big bucks to make your bunny content. Keeping it simple, it seems, is perfectly fine, as long as you do indeed offer toys to entertain your furry best for optimal mental and physical health.
What are your rabbit’s favorite toys?
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