5 DIY Rabbit Toy Ideas
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Rabbits are very sociable and playful animals. For this reason, these sweet animals need care, love and environmental enrichment from their caretaker in order to stay well stimulated and entertained. With all these needs being met, they are bound to be happy and healthy rabbits!
In this AnimalWised article, we're going to show you how to make 5 easy DIY rabbit toys for your furry friend. These projects are made from everyday materials and are sure to entertain your rabbit.
Chew toy for rabbits
Rabbits love to eat vegetables, as it is one of the main foods in this animal's diet. For this reason, a toy that gives them the ability to chew on their favorite food will be perfect for keeping your rabbit entertained and healthy. To make this toy, you will need:
- First, you will need to wash and cut the vegetables. You can use carrots, chard leaves, lettuce, arugula, etc. You may be interested in learning about what types of lettuce rabbits is safe for rabbits to eat.
- With the help of the clothespins, you will have to hang the vegetables along the rope.
- Tie the two ends of the rope to an accessible area so that your rabbit can find it and reach the vegetables.
They will enjoy this as it will be a playful way of eating vegetables. As they are very curious animals, having vegetables hung in such a matter will spark their curiosity and interest.
Hay is an essential part in a rabbit's diet. In fact, up to 80% of their diet must be hay. For this reason, a tube with hay can stimulate your rabbit to eat part of their daily amount feeling entertained with a new toy. This is one of the best and easiest homemade toys for rabbits. To make this toy, you will need:
- Toilet paper roll
- Two strings
- With the help of your scissors, you will have to make two small holes where the rope will pass through. Make the holes on one side of the roll, as you can see in the photo below. Be careful with the scissors as they are sharp and you could accidentally hurt yourself. If you're a minor, ask your parent for help.
- You will have to insert each string through the holes you have made and tie a knot inside to avoid it coming off.
- Now you must fill the tube with hay. If your rabbit has stopped eating hay, we invite you to read our article on why your rabbit may have stopped eating hay.
- Lastly, hang the toy in an area accessible to your rabbit.
This simple toy is great for rabbits. They enjoy it as they enjoy chewing hay throughout the day, and having it in an interesting instrument will make them feel playful and curious. In fact, you'll notice they will prefer to eat hay from the toy rather than from the ground.
Many consider tunnels as one of the best rabbit toys. This is because rabbits love to run across them, hide inside them or simply relax inside where they are well protected. This is why we teach you how to easily make a homemade tunnel for your rabbits. You will only need one material:
- Empty medium box or a cereal box
- You must open the box at both ends.
- Put the box on its side at the narrowest sides.
- Crush the box carefully, preventing it from breaking, so that two folds form on the wide sides. This will give it a tunnel shape.
- Lastly, tuck the folds at the ends of the box inside. This way you will get a perfect tunnel for rabbits and completely safe.
We avoid using tape or glue as the rabbits may bite the tunnel when playing and those materials can be toxic to them when ingested. That's why it's best to avoid them completely. Some people also like to create a playhouse for their rabbits by connecting the tunnels to boxes. Feel free to combine these and have fun with these projects!
Rabbits love to dig, this is because in their natural habitat these animals live in burrows that they create with their strong legs. This is also why you may find them digging up holes in your garden. To satisfy their need for digging, you can make them a digging toy. This will also keep them entertained and happy. For this homemade rabbit toy you will need:
- A big box
- Recycled paper
- Use your scissors to cut the top of the box and open a hole through which your rabbit can access its interior. Be careful, as you could cut yourself with the scissors. Also, if you are a minor, you should ask an adult for help.
- Next, with your hands (or if you see it necessary, with scissors), cut several papers into different uneven pieces. They should not be too small to prevent swallowing. Then crumple them up.
- Place the crumpled papers inside the box.
- Lastly, wash and cut the vegetables you have chosen and add them inside the box mixed and hidden among the paper. In this way, your rabbit must access the box, explore inside and stir with its paws to find food.
This will be very entertaining for them as they will need to search for their food as they would need to do in the wild. If you notice that your rabbit is chewing or eating the paper, you must switch the paper with hay. This is because eating paper isn't safe for rabbits.
Homemade rabbit food dispenser
This DIY toy will offer your rabbit a challenge when eating. This will keep them distracted and mentally stimulated. In this toy, your rabbit will see that their is food inside and will need to get a little creative to get it out. For this DIY toy rabbit food dispenser, you will need:
- Toilet paper roll
- Vegetables or some pellets
- Wash and cut the vegetables into small pieces.
- Using the scissors cut small holes in the paper roll where they food can come out without too much difficulty. We don't want to frustrate our rabbit by making it too difficult.
- Next, you must close the roll by folding down both ends. This way the food cannot drop from the sides.
- Add the vegetables into the toilet paper roll by opening one end and closing it again.
This is a great toy as your rabbit will need to think about how to get the food out of the toy. This will challenge them and keep them entertained while still eating and moving around.
If you've enjoyed these DIY toy ideas, check out our Youtube video where we explain how to make some of these rabbit toys. Let us know in the comments which one you'll try out!
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