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How to make DIY toys for your rabbit

Many rabbit owners are surprised to find out just how playful their pets are. So it is extremely important to provide them with toys. Toys help keep your rabbit physically active and prevent boredom. Many rabbits enjoy solving simple puzzles or even just the simple act of destruction. Good news is! Rabbits enjoy the simple things so they appreciate a selection of fun and simple toys, such as a cardboard box or empty toilet rolls.

When making a DIY rabbit toy, you must always have your pet’s safety in mind. Be sure to only use materials that are safe. It helps to remember that your rabbit will undoubtedly chew and gnaw on his toys, so there must be no sharp edges he could hurt himself on.

Also, if you use natural wood, be sure that it has not been treated with any chemicals or pesticides that could harm your rabbit.

Build a tunnel

In the wild, rabbits tend to dig tunnels underground. If you build an tunnel for your rabbit, they will naturally be inclined to use it.

What you need:

  • A cardboard tube/narrow box wide enough for your rabbit to crawl through.

  • Shredded paper or hay.

How to make it:

  • Get the cardboard tube or box and stuff one end with shredded paper or hay. Your rabbit will either hide in the tube or shred and "dig" at the newspapers, making him feel like he is tunneling in the wild.

The hanging treat holder

This simple to make toy encourages your rabbts natural instinct to forage for food. It is great as it also gets the rabbit on two legs as well as training its mind to work out where the food or reward is.

What you need:

  • A string of rope

  • One empty toilet paper roll.

  • Scissors

  • Hay or grass

How to make it:

  1. Tie a knot on the end of the string; This will hold the roll in place.

  2. Make a small hole with the end of the scissor in the middle of the toilet tube

  3. Pull the string to the hole until the knot is firmly holding the toilet tube

  4. Stuff with your rabbits favourite hay or treats.

  5. Place the toy at a height where your bunny will have to reach on two legs to get to it.

Hideaways

Rabbits are prey animals. It’s therefore very important that your bunnies have somewhere to hide when they feel threatened. It is easy to make a hideaway for your rabbit at home! You can use an old basket or box stuffed with hay or shredded paper as a simple rabbit hideaway

What you need:

  • Basket or cardboard box

  • Hay or shredded paper

How to make it:

  1. Find an old basket or cardboard box.

  2. Cut a entry point or door out for your rabbit

  3. Place in your rabbits enclosure and fill with hay or shredded paper.

Pine cone chew

Giving your bunny something to chew on can keep it occupied for hours on end. Rabbits need something to chew on to help wear down their teeth. In the wild rabbits chew on wood. So a pine cone makes for a great natural chew for your rabbit. It is also simple to make:

What you need:

  • Pine cones

  • An oven

How to make it:

  1. Collect pine cones from a local park or forest.

  2. Bake the pine cones in the oven to get rid of any unwanted bugs

  3. Give it to your rabbit

A huge variety of everyday items can make good rabbit toy! There may even be some things that already have around the house that could make great rabbit toys. Just be creative and pay attention to how your rabbit likes to play and you'll probably even endless amounts of things to make into toys. Just be sure that any items you provide are your rabbit are safe.

The Pet.co.nz Team

Written by The Pet.co.nz Team

A team of specialists with backgrounds in animal nursing, animal care and all things pet related.