Homemade toys for rabbits
Rabbits are very intelligent and playful animals; they are at their happiest when they have plenty of stimulation whether it is from toys or their owners.
Of course you can’t spend every waking moment playing with your rabbits, so when you’re not at home you need to make sure they have enough toys to keep them occupied. By nature rabbits do a lot of chewing, so spending a lot of money on expensive rabbit toys may not be the most viable option, luckily you can make interesting toys for your rabbits out of household goods.
The first thing you need to do is to save the cardboard tube from a toilet roll or a kitchen roll as this will form the basis of your homemade rabbit toy.
Make sure all the paper and glue is fully removed from the cardboard as this could be damaging to rabbits if they tried to eat it – and let’s face it, they probably will.
Next you can start to get a little creative; timothy hay is the best kind of hay for your rabbits as it is of good quality and they can eat and nibble as much of it as they like without finding any nasty bits in there.
Grab a wad of timothy hay and tightly stuff the tube with it; this will form the bulk of your rabbit toy. Make sure when you’re doing this that each end of the tube has a little hay sticking out as this will entice your rabbits to sniff around it and begin nibbling away.
You can also make toys for rabbits from branches and sticks from fruit trees; you need to be sure that the tree hasn’t come into contact with any pesticides though as this will be incredibly harmful to your bunny. Collect a few sticks and twigs and make a hole through one end of it – then you can thread a natural coloured string through the hole and hang it from your rabbit’s hutch or cage. Your rabbit will love nudging this around with his nose and trying to give it a nibble.
As a treat when you come home to your rabbits you can give them a few rings of dried apple; this sweet treat will go down very well with your furry friend and you can also tie these to the top or sides of the cage so they have to work a little harder to eat them.
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