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Easy DIY Rabbit Toys

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 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.

Easy DIY Rabbit Toys

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”

Easy DIY Rabbit Toys

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

Easy DIY Rabbit Toys

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?  Online retailers like Amazon sell all sorts of fun pre-made rabbit toys!

Easy DIY Rabbit Toys

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Venicia W

Monday 21st of February 2022

Can I socialize my Lion head and Rex bunnies, if I supervise them while together? Also, when a bunny is spayed or neutered, are they tattooed like dogs and cats?


Monday 21st of February 2022

Yes, different breed rabbits get along just fine. You might want to check out my article on introducing rabbits to each other:

If they are different sexes, I would recommend you get them fixed and then wait 2 months before you begin the introduction process unless you are prepared for babies (and different breeds can easily mate together). Rabbit mating takes well under a minute so you just have to take your eyes off them for a moment! Most rabbits are not tattooed when they are fixed, but that practice would vary from vet to vet.

Rema johnson

Friday 14th of January 2022

Do angora rabbits need to live in a colder environment because of all there fur?


Monday 17th of January 2022

Yes, Angoras will do much better in a cold climate. If it regularly is over 85 degrees Fahrenheit you would need to keep them indoors or they could have heat stroke. They are fine outdoors even in temperatures near zero.

Robin Jeanne Loomis

Monday 10th of May 2021

Liz, I really appreciate your empathic reply-

Robin J Loomis

Monday 10th of May 2021

Thanks so much for your empathy, Liz-


Friday 7th of May 2021

Liz, I learned the hard way that female rabbits are very prone to Uterine Cancer and must be spayed- I lost my first bunny to that cancer when she was just four years old- I took her to the vet, but it was too late- She had to be put to sleep the same day- I was devastated- Please don't let that happen to your buns and to you-


Monday 10th of May 2021

I am so sorry you had to go through that, so sad

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