for Rabbits??! You Bet!!
You’ve heard us say it before, right? A boring bunny is...a
BORED bunny! We can’t be with our bunnies all the time, so,
because they like to play and be entertained, it is important that
we provide them with toys of their very own. Plus, bunnies are fun
to play with! We encourage you to get right down on the floor with
your bunny. Let her check you out, jump on you (nap on your back!);
go nose to nose with your bunny and giver her kisses! Try tossing
some toys gently towards your bunny. Often they will bat them back
or pick them up and fling them away. Sometimes a bunny will growl
and pounce on a toy, showing it proudly just who really is the boss.
Try different toys. Not all buns like the same things. Some like
to flip and toss, some like to roll things, some like to make noise.
Change toys around and offer different things to play with so your
rabbits (like children) don’t get bored. Encourage your rabbit
to play by talking to her in happy or excited higher pitched tones.
Let her know you are having fun and that she is doing a good job!
ZOOH CORNER we offer our own line of handmade healthy bunny toys,
including the Attach-a-chews, a colorful mix of bunny-safe hard
and soft woods of different shapes and sizes, strung on untreated
sisal rope and ready for bunny to chew and paw, Fling-n-chews (similar
to Attach-a-chews, but flingable), decorative ChewWreaths - and
the very popular BunnyBag, a bag STUFFED with sweet
smelling orchard grass, an assortment of organic dried herbs, plus
wooden chews and pine cones or miniature chew wreaths! This bag
smells so yummy YOU will want one - and it’s been a big hit
with all the buns! Check out our online store or call us to order
toys for your bunnies!
are entertaining. They help keep bunny from getting bored
while confined, as well as help keep them from getting into [the
wrong] things when they are out playing in the house. An older or
compromise rabbit that is kept interested and entertained will generally
live longer, because his mind is engaged, keeping him from getting
bored and depressed.
provide exercise. Bunnies need safe ways to exercise and
play, which helps keep their bodies AND their minds healthy. Digging,
chewing, climbing, flinging, hiding, running through tunnels - these
are all things that bunnies like, want and need to do.
are a diversion. They are a great way to redirect a bunny
from doing damage to your home by shredding or chewing. Bored bunnies,
like bored children, tend to get into things they should not. Plus,
bunnies teeth grow continuously and they must have safe wooden toys
to chew on to help keep them filed down. (For more information on
how to keep your house AND bunny safe from one-another, read the
ZoohPaper Getting Moved In.)
is a list of toys, some that can be bought, some that can be found
around the house. And don’t forget: at Zooh Corner
we make and sell our very own line of wooden chew toys, wreaths
and BunnyBags (for ferrets, chinchillas and birds, too
- and we’ve even heard that Guinea Pigs like them!).
chew toys - for flinging, or those that hang from the
cage for chewing, pulling & batting.
Cardboard boxes - for crawling in & out,
hopping upon and personalizing/interior decorating (chewing).
Fill a box with shredded newspaper or dried leaves so bunny can
jump in and dig!!
towel or toilet paper tubes - Leave some paper towels
on so bunny can shred happily.
Tissue Box - Remove plastic, stuff with hay and
let bunny try to get it out. (Be sure no heads get stuck inside!)
Paper bags - to shred, shove around.
Untreated straw or wicker baskets - for chewing
(can be filled with hay or straw for digging).
Pine cones - washed and dried for at least 4
Phone books - without the shiny cover, for ripping
Cat toys - can be rolled or tossed, no small,
removable or chewable pieces
from mayonnaise jars, etc.. Are great for flipping around and
Baby toys - hard plastic that teeth cannot break
or eat through, such as keys, stacking cups or stacking blocks
that can be knocked over, fish links, rattles, etc.
Slinkies, Tonka trucks or plastic Playskool type trucks
Quaker Oats boxes - You can cut out the other
end, or not...
Whisk brooms - made of broom straw only
Towels - for bunching and scooting (with paws);
make sure bunny does not eat the towel
Wood branches & twigs
- pesticide free & aged at least three months (apple can be
chewed while fresh, but CHERRY, PEACH, APRICOT, PLUM & REDWOOD
ARE ALL POISONOUS).
Balls -Wire cat balls, plastic balls, big (light)
kids’ balls-balls they can nudge, paw and/or fling
- Cardboard tubes used for setting cement for patio posts, etc.
...make great tunnels for bunnies to zip through chew, hop over
and hide in. They only cost about 6 dollars at Home Depot and
other similar stores!
are very playful and curious! The more things they are offered to
play with, the more they will entertain you....send us YOUR ideas!!