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Rabbits are intelligent and curious, and consequently a bored rabbit can be a destructive and unhappy rabbit. Digging and chewing are among their favorite pastimes, so whether he’s inside the cage or out, your rabbit needs plenty of toys to keep busy. You don’t have to buy special rabbit toys, though; many common household objects can provide hours of amusement for your bunny. Here are some ideas:
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Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls (these can be stuffed with hay) Straw baskets that are untreated (in case your bunny decides to chew on them) Natural wood blocks (no painted or varnished wood, pressure-treated wood, plywood, particle board, or press board) Cylinder-shaped cardboard boxes (such as the Quaker oats boxes) with the ends cut off Wire ball with a bell inside (available at most pet supply stores in the cat section) Baby toys, such as rattles and giant key rings (but make sure your bunny doesn’t chew on them) Hanging bird toys with bells (avoid toys containing string or rope, since your bunny may ingest them) Untreated rice or sea-grass mats (available at specialty stores) Cardboard boxes with openings or doors cut in the sides Cardboard or PVC tubes (available at building supply stores) Towels (bunnies love to push them around and rearrange them) Newspapers and old telephone books

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To create even more fun for your bunny, rotate her toys periodically or hide them in a towel. Since your bunny will chew on many of her toys, you want to make sure that they are non-toxic, hence the suggestion that you use untreated straw baskets and natural wood blocks. Inspect any toys before giving them to your rabbit. Check for small parts or materials that your bunny might choke on or ingest, and make sure that chew holes are big enough so her head won’t get stuck. This resource was compiled by the House Rabbit Society and Debby Widolf, manager of the Bunny House at Best Friends.

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