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 playthings 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”
Paper Lunch Bag
This is fun for puzzle solvers, treat lovers, and paper rippers! Just take a paper lunch bag, stuff it with hay, and tie the top with a long piece of hay or jute rope. Cut a few small holes in the bag to encourage them to dig in it.
Cardboard Box Idea #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. Let them explore & nibble their new castle!
Cardboard box idea #2
Cut a hole in the front and leave the top open. Fill the box with crumpled tissue, nonglossy wrapping, or butcher paper. Let your bunny dig and toss paper about (try to use nonglossy paper with as little print as possible)
Cardboard box idea #3
Cut a hole in both the front & back to make a tunnel. At the top of each opening punch small holes and tie lengths of twine in front of the door, making a “curtain”
Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tube
Stuff it with hay and hang it with a string, or just give it 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 them together and tie them into a ring.
Empty Oatmeal Cardboard Container
Punch a few holes in the cardboard tube and fill it with small treats. Let the rabbit roll it around to get the treats out
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? Online retailers like Amazon sell all sorts of fun pre-made rabbit toys!