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Good Bunny, Bad Bunny: The Importance of Bunny Toys

Updated on October 25, 2008

Believe it or not, toys are as important for rabbits as they are for kids. Bored rabbits without toys soon become destructive, and start venting their desire to play on your furniture and fittings. A great deal of 'bad' bunny behavior can be curbed if a rabbit is given a suitable place to unleash their instincts.

Rabbits love toys, and love to play. Burrowing, gnawing, flipping and tossing are all great bunny games. Different bunnies find different sorts of games fun, and getting appropriate toys for your rabbit is simply a matter of finding out what fun means for your bunny.

Sisal or wicker toys make excellent flip and toss toys, and can be bought in pet stores.

A cardboard box can provide endless fun if you tape a couple of the flaps closed and let the bunny go into remodeling mode.

Bird and cat toys can also work quite well for rabbits. Balls that jingle can be butted about with the nose and paws.

If your bunny likes to burrow, a box full of scraps of cloth can be a fun place to play. Of course, with anything fabric or paper based, you will need to keep an eye on the rabbit to make sure that it is not ingesting any of the material. A bunny owner must be eternally vigilant against the dreaded intestinal blockage which can cause death within days, if not hours.

Assuming your rabbit survives the dangers of his or her toys, you can also join in the games. Playing games with your bunny is an excellent way to bond with it and reduce some of the aggression directed towards you.

Bunnies love hide and seek, or 'catch', where you throw a toy to them and they bat it around in their paws, or you can set up an obstacle course for your rabbit using tunnels and small jumps made out of cardboard boxes or children's toys. Not only will your bunny enjoy running through these on its own, you can also use treats to lure it over jumps or through tunnels, rewarding it along the way.

Playing with your rabbit can be the difference between having a rabbit that is friendly, and one that mostly ignores you. Not only do toys and games provide much needed mental stimulation, they also provide time for you and your rabbit to bond with one another. Take these ideas as suggestions, and find your own unique way of playing and communicating with your rabbit.

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