Following on from the popular part 1, here are some more easy ideas to jazz up your bunnies accommodation. Remember, a happy and occupied rabbit is a healthy rabbit!
Grow Your Own
Rabbits love grass and it’s good for them. It helps keep their teeth in good shape and digestive system working well. But it doesn’t always have to be outside the house. You can easily grow your own by placing a square of turf (available from garden centres) into a litter tray or dog bed. Water it regularly and place in the rabbits area for nibbling on and digging into.
You can also grow timothy hay, dandelion and plantain seeds in a similar way. Start off following the packet guidelines on how to get your seeds started, then transfer into storage tubs or litter trays so they can easily be given to the rabbits to munch.
Of course, this goes for outside too. You can make a rabbit friendly area of your garden that contains a host of plants that are safe for rabbits to eat. Although, it’s not advisable to let your rabbit have a free roam in this area as they are likely to eat too much in one go. Here is a list of rabbit safe plants from Save A Fluff Rabbit Rescue.
Hay, Hay, Hay
The MOST important part of a rabbit’s diet is hay. They should eat at least a ball of good quality hay that is the same size as their body, every day. To keep them interested, try offering it to them in different ways that stimulate their mind and body. The Ikea plastic bag holder makes a fab, cheap hay rack that can be attached to a wall, cage or shed. Check it daily for any chew marks on the plastic though.
Photo from Rabbit Rehome
Also, you can use a wire hanging basket. No plant liner needed…just fill with lovely hay and hang up. Make sure the basket has a cover over the top and is hung quite high so the rabbit cannot jump into it as they could get their legs stuck through the bars.
Photo from Guineapigcages.com
Bird feeders can also be used as a hay and forage feeder. The wire type that hold suet balls are best. Again, these can be hung around their area at different heights,each one containing a different type of hay or forage. Fresh greens and herbs can also be fed in these.
Tunnels Don’t Have To Be Outdoors
Image From RWAF Pinterest Board
Bunnies love to dig – however that’s far too messy to use inside the house! Pop up play tunnels make a great adventure area for them though. There are some on the market specifically for rabbits – like the excellent items made by The Hop Inn, but you can also use cat, dog and even kids play tunnels. Some small animal ones are made of hard plastic some are made of willow or cardboard covered in hay and others are made of fabric. As with all toys and enrichment items, they should be checked daily to check for any wear and tear.
Some baby toys are great for supervised play with bunnies. They are usually pretty safe, made from non toxic materials and pretty hard wearing. Most bunnies will enjoy having a ‘stuffed toy’ companion to snuggle up with. The fleece, new born baby ones are best as they do not have any sharp bits.
Another good option is the Ikea ball – especially for amorous bunnies and those that like to play chase. However, do monitor these closely to ensure your rabbit isn’t chewing and
Another good toy is stacking cups. You build a tower…pop a treat or normal pellet food inside…they come along and knock it over. You can vary how you build them and the bunnies are sure to help.
Sets of baby keys are a firm favourite too. Rabbits enjoy toys they can pick up and throw and the plastic teething rings serve this purpose very well. Only buy the hard plastic type, do not use any that are gel or water filled.
Have fun experimenting with new ways to enrich your rabbits lives – I’m sure they will thank you for it.
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