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DIY Toys for Indoor Pet Rabbits

Rabbits are one of my favorite animals and undeniably adorable creatures, hopping bundles of joy that bring a smile to any face. But beneath that super soft fur and twitching nose lies a very curious and energetic soul. 

These playful personalities crave stimulation and enrichment, especially when confined to indoor spaces. I've had five pet rabbits in the past, and now I'm the proud owner of two new baby mini-lop rabbits! That's in addition to my two guinea pigs and one very spoiled cat. So, as you can imagine, I've got my hands full right now.

Two mini-lop rabbits laying ear-to-ear; one gray and one black with white specks.
© A Little Bit Of Me

As a rabbit mom (once again), I understand the struggle of keeping your furry friends entertained. While store-bought toys offer a quick solution, they can be expensive and often don't hold their attention for long.

Here's where the magic of DIY toys comes in! Not only are they cost-effective and eco-friendly, but crafting them allows you to personalize the experience and cater to your rabbit's specific interests.

Unleashing Creativity: A DIY Toy Box for Every Bunny

The beauty of DIY toys lies in their endless possibilities. With a bit of imagination and readily available materials, you can create a treasure trove of engaging experiences for your rabbit companions. Here are some inspiring ideas to get you started:

Foraging Fun:

Hay-tastic Tubes: Transform empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, or even cardboard boxes into delightful foraging stations. Stuff them with your rabbit's favorite hay, treats, or a combination of both. Crinkle the ends for added intrigue, and watch your bunny happily dig and explore to extract the hidden treasures.

Our bunny's digging box by Joe Carroll
Source: Flickr

Wicker Wonderland: If you have an old wicker basket lying around, give it a new lease on life as a foraging paradise. Fill it with shredded paper (avoid magazine paper due to ink), hay, and hidden treats. The natural woven texture provides a satisfying chewing experience, while the hidden goodies encourage natural foraging instincts.

Chew Chew Challenges:

Apple Branch Bonanza: Rabbits have a natural urge to chew, and providing them with safe and healthy options is crucial. Gather some untreated apple branches (avoid other fruit trees as they might be harmful) and bake them at low heat for a few hours. This process removes moisture, making them extra chew-worthy and perfect for keeping those ever-growing incisors in check.

Blossoming Apple Tree Branches
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cardboard Creations: Cardboard is a versatile and accessible material that can be transformed into various chew toys. Cut out different shapes, like circles or squares, and string them together with twine to create a chewable garland. You can also stuff them with hay or crinkle them for extra textural interest. Remember to supervise your rabbits while they play with cardboard, as excessive chewing might lead to digestive issues (and you don't want that with rabbits!).

Tunneling Adventures:

Box Bonanza: Cardboard boxes are a classic for a reason! They provide endless opportunities for exploration, hiding, and burrowing. Cut out multiple entrances and exits to create a stimulating maze, or simply let your rabbit enjoy the simple pleasure of burrowing and rearranging the box.

The Cardboard Box Maze by Steve Remington
Source: Flickr

Tunnel Extravaganza: If you have a larger space, consider creating a more elaborate tunnel system. Cardboard boxes, PVC pipes (ensure proper ventilation and avoid small pieces that can be chewed off), and even woven tunnels from pet stores can be connected to create a sprawling network of passages. This is a fantastic way to encourage natural burrowing behavior and provide ample exercise.

Beyond the Toys: Building a Stimulating Environment

Remember, toys are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to enriching your rabbit's life. Here are some additional tips to create a stimulating environment:

DIY rabbit cage enclosure playpen on floor with guinea pigs above
© A Little Bit Of Me

  • Provide ample space: Rabbits are naturally active creatures and require sufficient space to exercise and explore. Ideally, create a designated play area or allow supervised roaming time outside their cage.
  • Rotate toys regularly: Even the most exciting toy can lose its appeal over time. Periodically rotate your DIY creations with other options to keep your rabbit engaged and prevent boredom.
  • Incorporate mental stimulation: Hide treats around the enclosure or engage your rabbit in simple training exercises to challenge their minds and strengthen your bond.

Crafting DIY toys for your rabbit isn't just about saving money; it's about creating a personalized and enriching experience that fosters your unique bond. So, grab your crafting supplies, unleash your creativity, and get ready to witness the playful spirit of your furry friend blossom!

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