House rabbits need their toys. It is important for their well-being and good for you if they have distractions that stop them from chewing the carpet and soft wood edges of furniture and baseboards. Rabbits do, however, get bored of toys quickly, so instead of spending money, why not make it yourself? Here at bunny proof 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.
Toilet roll tubes make great toss and chew toys and the best thing about them is they are free!
Instead of putting their toilet roll tubes in the trash many rabbit parents have discovered that they can be repurposed as a rabbit toy.
Rabbits are curious creatures who will always be intrigued by something new to nibble or toss about so they can be simply left out for a time when you have a fresh one.
If you build up a collection of them that can also be stacked up or used as skittles which bunnies enjoy.
You can also make them even more fun by filling them with hay which is an easy way of getting your bunny some essential fiber or hanging them with some string which will appeal to your bunnies foraging instincts
Your rabbits will enjoy chewing at the course cardboard which is an easy way for them to wear down their teeth and they are ideal for tossing about.
It's also important to make sure they are clean and have not been stored next to any bathroom cleaners or chemicals that may have contaminated them.
We recommend you watch how much of them they eat. Eating a lot of paper material is not ideal so if you do notice this happening, it's best to only bring it out when you can supervise this.
If you want to buy a load in one go you can always
We never throw an old toilet roll away instead we just chuck them in our bunnies path when the roll is used up. Our bunnies do get a bit bored of them when they start looking tired, however it is no loss to bin them as we have an unlimited supply.
We also like to play a game with our bunny where I sit with him and stack a bunch of them up on top of each other which he then knocks over and tosses about. He never gets bored of this game, so it is a fun way of keeping his attention when playing with him.
They also make a great filler for our bunnies digging box and our bunnies love digging around in them and making a rustling noise with them
When you keep rabbits in your home many of the things, they would naturally do often become an annoyance.
Rabbits are naturally curious animals and spend much of their time foraging for new things to eat.
Although a tidy and orderly environment is more suited to us it leaves little opportunity for them to explore new things without it causing unwanted damage.
This is why toilet toll tubes are so good as they are free and in unlimited supply. There are lots of things you can do with them and it's no problem to put them in the trash the moment the novelty wears off.
If your bunny has a habit of chewing, tugging and dig up your carpet, or is constantly trying to burrow into your couch or bed then this is the ultimate toy for them.
Digging boxes are a great way to let your rabbit exercise their foraging behavior and the best thing about this popular toy is they are free!
To make a digging box all you need is a cardboard box or a basket filled with shredded or scrunched up paper, hay and other chew toys.
This will keep your rabbit endlessly entertained foraging inside and is also a great way of keeping the mess rabbits generate contained inside the box.
If you are repurposing a cardboard box as a rabbit toy, always make sure you check for staples and tape, and we recommend avoid boxes with glossy paper with heavy print on it as this will be bad for your rabbit's tummy if they eat too much of it.
Our bunnies loved their digging box, its always something they would go to and jump straight in. We often hide some treats in the bottom which may have made this more fun.
It's also great for keeping all our bunnies chew toys together and stops a lot of the mess from grassy toys that are falling apart being spread around the house.
However, we did learn an important lesson when we left this toy out for too long only to discover one of our bunnies had got it confused and used it as a litter tray!
We only bring this toy out when we can supervise our bunnies playing with it and for shout sessions.
Digging and foraging for food is instinctive behavior for rabbits and in their natural environment they are adept at tugging up tough roots and digging through hard soil.
If you find your rabbit has started a habit of trying to dig or tug up the corner of your carpet it's important to do something about this unwanted behavior as soon as possible before significate damage can be done.
Unfortunately, it can be very hard to persuade you rabbit to stop this behavior. No matter how many times you say No! it's likely to continue the moment your back it turned.
This is where a digging box can help by using it to simply cover the area of carpet to protect it.
Place the box directly over the spot and you rabbits will soon get the hang of dig and forage inside the box instead of elsewhere.