Without challenging activities to occupy your rabbit when you're not home, your rabbit, especially a solitary rabbit, will get bored. This could lead to depression and/or excessive destruction. The creative use of toys can extend your rabbit's life by keeping him interested in his surroundings, by giving him the freedom to interact with those surroundings, and by allowing him to constantly learn and grow.
Your rabbit needs safe activities to keep her body in shape as well as her mind. She needs things to climb on, crawl under, hop on and around, dig into, and chew on. Without outlets for these physical needs, your rabbit may become fat or depressed, or may create jumping, chewing, or crawling diversions with your furniture.
Bunny proofing for your home:
As is clear from the above descriptions, toys are not just for your rabbit, they also keep your house safe. By providing your rabbit with a selection of toys chosen to meet her age, sex, and temperament, you have fulfilled most of the requirements of bunny-proofing your home. If you find your rabbit ingesting plastic or cardboard toys, switch to a different type of toy that the rabbit is not interested in eating.
Great Starter Toys
- Paper Bags and Cardboard boxes for crawling inside, scratching, and chewing. Bunnies like them much more when there are at least two entry points into the boxes.
- Cardboard concrete forms for burrowing (you can get these at hardware & home improvement stores
- Cardboard roll from paper towels or toilet paper
- Untreated wicker baskets or boxes full of shredded paper, junk mail, magazines, straw, or other organic materials for digging. Many bunnies love to shred a phone book!
- Hard plastic cat, bird and baby toys that roll or can be tossed or hung from the top of the cage and chewed or hit
- Things to jump up on or climb in such as a cardboard box with ramps and windows. These can be purchased, or you can make them yourself. Also, kitty condos, tubes, tunnels, and trees - just make sure your bunny isn't ingesting the carpet.
- Nudge and roll toys like large rubber balls, empty Quaker Oat boxes and small tins
- Any toys from www.funnybunnytoyco.com and www.busybunny.com
- Plastic Rainbow slinkies
- Toys with ramps and lookouts for climbing and viewing the world
- Dried out pine cones
- A hand towel for bunching and scooting
- Untreated wood, twigs and logs that have been aged for at least 3 months. Apple tree branches can be eaten fresh off the tree. Stay away from cherry, peach, apricot, plum and redwood, which are all poisonous.
- Untreated sea grass or maize mats from Pier One or Cost Plus
- Hard plastic caps from laundry detergent and softener bottles. These are nice for human-stacks-on-floor and bun-knocks-down kind of games. Note: Do not choose caps from caustic material bottles (i.e. drain cleaner) since a residue of the cleaner might remain no matter how much washing off you do.