Top 10 free toys for rabbits

House rabbits need their toys, it is important for their well-being and good for you if they have distraction that stop them from chewing the carpet and soft wood edges of furniture and baseboards. Rabbits do however get bored of toys pretty quickly so instead of spending money why not make some yourself. Here at bunnyproof HQ we have been testing out toys to see how easy they are to make, how much mess they make and how much our rabbits like them.
Top 3 Our verdict Overall rating
No.1

Digging box

Rabbit playing in digging box No home should be without a digging box
4.5/5
No.2

Cardboard box

rabbit playing cardboard box Rabbits love playing in cardboard boxes which can keep them occupied and out of trouble endlessly.
4.5/5
No.3

Toilet roll tube

Rabbit toy made from toilet roll tube Although they don’t last long they are easy to collect and free
3/5

Digging box1

4.5/5
Rabbit playing in digging box

Bunnys naturally love to dig and forage and a digging box can be the best way of letting them exerciser this natural behavior and stop the damage from pull up and chew carpet or shredding your wall paper. Simply fill a box with lots of shredables like paper or straw.

Our verdict

No home should be without a digging box

Fun

4.5/5

Durability

4/5

Mess

2.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Cardboard box2

4.5/5
rabbit playing cardboard box

If you had to choose between all the items you can use to distract you bunny from causing damage to your home then the cardboard box would come out on top. there are lot of types, our rabbits like the double thickness sort and can spend months customising it into their perfect den. Make sure they are not coated in plastic (the shiny kind) or have a lot of print on them and remove any plastic tape or staples from them.

Our verdict

Rabbits love playing in cardboard boxes which can keep them occupied and out of trouble endlessly.

Fun

4.5/5

Durability

3/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Toilet roll tube3

3/5
Rabbit toy made from toilet roll tube

It’s a waste of a good toy if you throw away the inner tube of a used toilet roll. They will keep your rabbit entertained for hours tossing them about and chewing the soft cardboard. When you have a few you can stack them up so they can be knocked down and tossed around. Also you can fill them with hay as this makes to make them even more fun. We like to poke willow sticks we have bought through them as it stops them being overlooked.

Our verdict

Although they don’t last long they are easy to collect and free

Fun

3/5

Durability

1/5

Mess

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Make up a game for your rabbit to play along4

3/5
rabbit playing sofa

You don’t have to fill your home with toys to keep your rabbit amused as they will nearly always be intrigued with anything you are doing and want to join in. All you need to do is throw an old towel over a chair or coffee table and this will keep your rabbit happily exploring. Try arranging some cushions on your sofa to make a tunnel or stacking object us for them to knock over.

Our verdict

With what ever you are playing with as long as you are playing a game you rabbit will want to join in .

Fun

4.5/5

Durability

5/5

Mess

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Apple wood5

3/5
Rabbit chewing twigs

Rabbits always love to chew on fiberious materials. A great and free alternative is to supply some willow or apple wood twigs, they will love chewing of the soft bark and eventually even eat the soft wood itself. Rabbits can’t eat every type of wood so double check it is the right sort and is fresh and clean.

Our verdict

If your rabbit like chewing wood this is a great distraction

Fun

4/5

Durability

2/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Towel6

3/5
Rabbit playing with towel

Rabbits, especially girl bunnies like to build nests and can spend hours arranging hay and other materials like shredded paper. This can be a bit messy in your home so a great alternative is to provide them with a cotton or wool towel to play with which they can drag around and bunch into a nest.

Our verdict

Doe’s or girl bunnies like to build nests from soft materials

Fun

2.5/5

Durability

4/5

Mess

3.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Cardboard tube7

2.5/5
Rabbit playing with larger tube

If you keep an eye out then their are plenty of places you will see discarded cardboard tube. They are often used as the inside roles for carpet or are used as containers for printed material. These are pretty much the same as the chew tubes you get in pet stores and some times are better as they are larger. Make sure its wide enough for your rabbit to comfortably fit through and strip off any plastic or tape as its likely to be chewed.

Our verdict

If you see a disused tube, grab it befor it goes to waste.

Fun

4/5

Durability

2.5/5

Mess

2/5
Poor
Average
Good

Paper bag8

2.5/5
rabbit playing together

This may seem a simple toy, but a paper bag with a few treats in the bottom of it can keep a rabbit amused for hours. They can crawl inside it which is safe as they can easily tear their way out. They also love making a noise so choose a crinkly bag. Make sure it doesn’t have heavy print on it and remove any metal staples or plastic tape.

Our verdict

If your rabbit like chewing wood this is a great distraction

Fun

4/5

Durability

1/5

Mess

0.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Phone directory9

2.5/5
Rabbit playing phone directory

A simple and free toy that will keep them amused is to tale an old phone directory and leave this out for your rabbit to tear up. Rabbits love to forage and dig for the food so if hide a few treats in the pages this will get your rabbit interested and they will love ripping the pages out looking for more. This can get a bit messy so it’s best to contain it in a box or basket.

Our verdict

Hide some treats in the folds of an old phone book to make a great free toy

Fun

3/5

Durability

2/5

Mess

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Hanging paper toy10

2.5/5
Home made hanging rabbit toy

Rabbits like to shred paper and if you can suspend a wedge of paper so it hangs down at your rabbits head height they will find this irresistible. Use a clip with a strong spring or thread some string through them and simple hang or attach this somewhere in their path.

Our verdict

Rabbits like reaching up to things they can chew and shred and a simple paper toy will keep out of trouble

Fun

3.5/5

Durability

1.5/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

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