Easy DIY Rabbit Toys

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Rabbits are naturally curious and interested in exploring.  Many rabbits enjoy solving simple puzzles (often with a treat in the end) while some love the simple act of destruction (like knocking down blocks or tearing up paper).  One of the worst things you can do with these intelligent animals is to leave them bored and alone in their cage all day.  Toys are a great way to provide your rabbit with mental stimulation.  An occupied bunny is much less likely to exhibit aggressive or destructive habits.  Luckily, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy play things or toys for your rabbit!  These are tons of toys you can make with items you likely have lying around, and many that can be made with items otherwise destined for the trash can.   So it’s a win-win for recycling trash and entertaining your bunny!

Always keep an eye on your rabbit when she has toys.  Chewing and ripping pieces off is fine, but if she is actually ingesting bits of paper, fabric or plastic, it’s time to take the toy away.  Want some ideas for playing with your rabbit?  Check out my post “How to Play with your Rabbit”

Lunch Bag – this is fun for the puzzle solvers, treat lovers and paper rippers!  Just take a paper lunch bag, stuff with hay, tie the top with a longish piece of hay or jute rope.  Cut a few small holes in the bag to encourage them to dig in it

Cardboard box 1 – close the box up entirely, cut a hole in the front and the back for entrances and a hole or two in the top for them to peek out of

Cardboard box 2 – cut a hole in the front and leave the top open.  Fill the box with crumpled tissue, wrapping or newspaper and let your bunny dig and toss paper about (try to use non glossy paper with as little print as possible)

Cardboard box 3 – cut a hole in both the front & back to make a tunnel – at the top of each opening punch a small hole and tie lengths of twine in front of the door, making a “curtain”

Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tube – stuff with hay and hang with a string, or just give to them to roll around

Bottle Top Toss Toy – collect 8 or 9 bottle tops from soda or water bottles.  Carefully use a utility knife to cut a small hole in each top.  String together and tie into a ring.

Empty Oatmeal Cardboard Container – punch a few holes in the cardboard tube and fill with small treats.  Let the rabbit roll it around to get the treats out

Willow Balls – bunnies think these decorative woven balls are lots of fun to toss around and chew on.  Be sure to choose non lacquered, natural ones as they will definitely be chewed on

Old Stuffed Animal – reuse those old stuffed animals for cuddling, tossing or ripping.  Be sure to remove any eyes, buttons or other small items that could be choking hazards

 

Short on time?  Check out these fun pre-made toys!


8 comments

  1. LoriAnn says:

    Just wondering if this is a current site or blog or whatever it is called. I’ve tried to find groups to join but they have been years out of date.. Still searching..

  2. Bobbi Lynn says:

    Hello Liz; We have what we believe is a lion head bunny, we found/rescued wandering in our garden. Our large pine tree dumps lots of pinecones on our lawn, and we give bunny a couple now and then. She tosses around her hutch……She also chews them a little. I’m hoping this is not a bad thing.

    • Liz says:

      You can try any of the above DIY ones or if you want to buy something my bunnies love the little cat balls with jingle bells in them. They like to toss them about so try to find some they could easily pick up. Just keep an eye on them and take them away if they break so she doesn’t swallow the bell. They also enjoy tossing little stuffed mice (again cat toys) around

  3. Lesley unwin says:

    My rabbit is gone through a phantom pregnancy and build her nest in her hutch I put a toy mouse in there but in the day she is mostly out her hutch but what I’m asking is when can I clean the cage out as since she was doing this I dare not do it Incase she becomes nasty

    • Liz says:

      Mother rabbits in the wild often leave their babies unattended all day so it’s possible she will be very defensive of her baby. But she also could be “over it”. I know when my girls have phantom pregnancies they usually build a nest and sit around in it for a day or two and then move on with their lives. You might want to put her in a different area while you are cleaning it out the first time just in case. But if I had to guess I bet she won’t mind

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