Have you recently adopted your first rabbit? If so, you may quickly realize that your cute new pet is basically a little chewing machine. Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, which never stop growing. Wild rabbits wear their teeth down on tough plants and roots, but pet bunnies have softer diets. Therefore, your furry pal will need to chew constantly to prevent dental issues. Floppy is also very playful. Put these things together, and you have a pet that needs lots of toys! A Middletown, KY vet lists some homemade bunny toys below.
Cardboard is safe for bunnies to chew on, as long as you remove any sharp pieces, like staples, as well as any tape or string. The tubes from toilet paper and paper towel rolls make great chew toys! You can cut them into rings and then make little balls out of them, fold them into ‘envelopes,’ stack them in pyramids, or just offer them as-is.
Plain paper is also very versatile. Put shredded paper in a tissue box or paper lunch bag for Floppy, or crumple a piece up around a treat. You can also fold the paper into little shapes for your pet to nibble on.
Rabbits love chewing on wood. (This is why we recommend covering baseboards and furniture legs.) Children’s blocks, wooden spools and spoons, and plain wooden shapes are all fine. There are a few caveats here, however. Never give Floppy anything coated in varnish, stain, glitter, or dye. Also, avoid hard woods, like pine or cedar. These are actually toxic to small animals! Finally, make sure your bunny’s things have been washed and disinfected before handing them over.
Bunnies love snacks! String twine beneath two chairs, and use wooden clothespins to hang leafy greens from it. Or, stuff some fresh herbs in a paper lunch sack. Just be sure to only offer safe foods. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Rabbits absolutely love to root and dig through stuff. Offer Floppy a shallow box or storage tote filled with shredded paper, crumpled-up paper balls, and/or smaller toys.
Always put safety first. Never give your rabbit anything that could be toxic, or anything with sharp edges, dangling threads, or small parts. Ask your vet for more information.
Is your bunny due for veterinary care? Please reach out to us, your Middletown, KY vet clinic, anytime.