House rabbits like to have toys, It keeps them happy and distracted from chewing other things. To help you choose a toy that you think your pet house rabbit will like we have put together this top ten guide. Not only does it include toys you can buy from a pet store but also many you can make for free as they are often the best.
|Our Top Choice||Durability||Mess||Cost|
|Toilet roll||4||4||4||Chewing alternative|
|Seed balls||6||4||4||Stops bordom||Willow sticks & apple wood twigs||6||4||4||Chewing alternative|
No1 Toilet roll
People that have lived with a house rabbit for a long time know that its a wast of a toy if you bin a used toilet tube. Not only do they seem to make one of the most entertaining bunny toys they are also a good source of fibre for your rabbits diet and best of all they are fee. If you have a rabbit that need distracting you can stacking them up as rabbits never seem to get bored of knocking them town and toss them around. They also make a great alternative to chew on instead of your furniture, try filing them with timothy has as this makes them even more enticing. You can push some willow sticks through the ends to stop the hay falling out to easily.
No2 A towel
Rabbits, primarily girl bunny’s like to shred things up and build nests. You could provide them with some paper for this however it can get very messy or they can end up eating excessive amounts of it. A simple solution to to give them a cotton towel to play with. This will also work much better then stuffed toys which typically get ripped to shreds
No3 Willow sticks & appel wood twigs
Rabbits always love to chew on willow sticks including chewing of the soft bark and eventually eating the soft wood itself. There are many different types available that you can buy from pat stores. Stay away from home decorative products as they can be treated with chemicals. Rabbits can’t eat every type of wood so if you are going to bring some home make sure it is the right sort.
No4 Hanging chew toys
If an area is blocked off to a bunny where they want access its likely they will try and chew and dig there way though. Cupboards, doors and the adjacent flooring of areas they want access to can become severally damaged overtime. They will have a go at virtually any material even the wires around cages and metal gates used to prevent them getting into areas that are not allowed. A simple way to lessen the damage is to hang chewable toys around the areas where damage is occurring that is more appealing then the material itself. The best types are typically made from wood and a variety of other strong but chewable materials, often strung together, that can exercise there behaviour. Noisy toys that also act as a rattle or those that have a bell attached can also be useful if your bunny is using this destructive behaviour to gain attention. It is important to replace these items regularly to stop them being ignored.
Although bunnys do not make any loud vocal sounds they do being noisy especially if you are not giving them enough attention, for instance if you engrossed in your favourite TV program. Instead of them choosing to damage your furniture or possessions to get attention its better to provide a range of noisy toys such as bells, balls with rattles in them or hard plastic rattles as an alternative. Bunnies can also enjoy crashing around with paper bags, jam jar lids and empty yoghurt pots which can be replaced cheaply on a regular bases to stop them becoming bored with them. Avoid children’s teething toys as the plastic on them is too soft and can be swallowed.
No6 Seed balls
Toys that you can hide food inside provide great entertainment and exercise for bunnies. They soon get the idea that by nudging the toy around a constant supply of treats comes out, and this is an excellent way to can keep them occupied without you keeping an eye on your bunny as you can here them playing.
No7 Cardboard box
If you had to choose between all the items you can use to distract you bunny from causing damage to your home then the cardboard box would come out on top. Fortunately they are free at most stores they came in a variety of shapes and sizes that means you can keep your bunny amused almost indefinitely. Make sure they are not coated in plastic (the shiny kind) or have a lot of print on them and remove any plastic tape or staples from them.
No8 Wooden blocks
Although one of the most obvious toys to give your rabbit to distract them from chewing wooden furniture this is often not the most successful as they don’t prove a greater temptation. They do however last a long time and it worth keeping some around and swopping them out regularly to keep an interest in them.
No9 Bendy Sticks
This wooden adventure chew toy can be bent into shape to make a hideaway, bridge, or stairway and because it is quite strong they last a long time so can be left out as a permanent feature to be chewed on. A good way of setting them out is to bend them in to a semi circle and leave them on their side so your rabbit can sit behind it as a bit of shelter.
No10 Willow balls
Rabbits love eating willow balls and rings, they also like tossing them around making them even more fun. Stay away from home decorative products as they can be treated with chemicals.