Boredom breakers are a great way to keep your rabbits entertained, as naturally inquisitive animals rabbits love to play. We will be exploring how you can make your own boredom breakers with things around the house that would normally be thrown away as well items that you can purchase.
Why do rabbits need boredom breakers?
- Allows them to exhibit natural behaviours such as foraging.
- Provides enrichment for your rabbits.
- Stops rabbits becoming bored and keeps them active.
- Prevents destruction in your home. Rabbits that have things to keep them occupied with will be less inclined to chew furniture and household effects.
- Certain items such as wood and wicker will help to wear down your rabbits teeth.
Homemade boredom breakers:
Fill toilet roll/ kitchen roll tubes with hay; add healthy treats such as herbs. Rabbits will enjoy trying to get to the treats in the middle.
Toilet Roll Tubes
Toilet roll tubes with the ends cut and folded back make great toys for your rabbit to throw around.
Take old cardboard boxes and cut at least two holes in the sides and/or top of the box. You are then left with a makeshift hideaway that you rabbits can hop into. They will also be entertained trying to make the holes bigger. You can add hay and some healthy treats. This will allow your rabbits to forage for food, keeping them active and entertained.
Paper bags with Hay
Put hay and healthy treats inside a paper bag, your rabbits will be able to forage and play.
Poke small holes in the egg box and place some healthy treats inside and shut the box. Your rabbit can then throw, scuff and chew its way to the treats in the middle.
Old phone books are a good source of entertainment allowing your rabbit to shred and scuff their way through the phone book.
Wicker baskets that haven’t been treated are also good for adding hay and healthy treats. Your rabbit can forage for its food displaying natural behaviours.
Purchased boredom breakers
Small plastic balls provide entertainment for your rabbits pushing and throwing them in the air.
Willow/ Wooden balls
Willow balls and wooden balls provide great entertainment; they are perfect for chewing and help keep their teeth worn down. Throwing them in the air also provides a great amount of entertainment for you and your rabbits.
Tunnels provide an excellent hideaway for your rabbits and great exploring and running routes. These are a must for any rabbit, wicker tunnels are also available which have the added bonus of being chewable!
Hideaways come in all shapes and sizes; they are good for providing your rabbit with somewhere to hide if they need too. As well as general fun and playing.
Cardboard castles that are available to buy provide ample entertainment for your rabbit. Allowing them to explore, hide and chew.
Wooden chew sticks
Wooden Chew Sticks are great for helping keep your rabbits teeth worn down and also keep them occupied and away from your furniture.
Treat challenges and treat balls are great for keeping your rabbit active. Your rabbit will have to work for their food either learning to crack the treat challenge board or figuring out that they have to push the ball along to get their food.
These are just some examples of some great toys that can be purchased; more toys can be found using this link.
- If your rabbit is ingesting a large amount of cardboard or paper rather then just shredding then remove these items as it can cause blockages in the digestive system. If you have any concerns contact a rabbit savvy vet.
- Just because something is colourful does not guarantee that your rabbit will enjoy it. Most of the time natural wood products are better.
- When buying edible treats for your rabbits don’t get treats containing sugar. Natural treats such herbs, vegetables and edible weeds etc. are better as they are healthy, sugar is not good for your rabbits.