11. Games and entertainment
If the rabbit has nothing to do in the absence of owners, he will quickly get bored. As a result, his owner expects serious material damage – the animal begins to bite everything in a row from longing. If the rabbit has its own toys, it will make his life more eventful and interesting.
A rabbit is an active animal and cannot sit in a cage for a long time. He must have at his disposal items that you can climb into, that you can dig into and hide, that you can nibble with pleasure, etc. The entertainment provided to the rabbit will help maintain the health of your pet, as well as furniture and things in the apartment.
Having provided the rabbit with toys suitable for him by age and character, you will already follow most of the recommendations for ensuring your pet a safe stay in the apartment. A rabbit that has something to stare at will not nibble on polished furniture or wires.
If you notice that your rabbit nibbles and swallows the material – from which the toys are made, pick up other materials from him that are not harmful to bite or at least not interesting. It can be:
›Paper or cardboard boxes that you can climb into and scratch and chew without harm to yourself. Rabbits really like these boxes, especially if you guessed to put something unusual inside;
›Cardboard rolls of toilet paper;
›Boxes and unvarnished baskets with hay, magazines, newspapers or other natural fillers into which you can dig;
›All kinds of cat houses (best wicker), special tunnels for animal games;
›Children’s toys (only if the rabbit does not try to eat them);
›Fruit tree branches, preferably apple trees (cherry, peach, apricot and the like cannot be taken because of the toxic properties of wood);
›Objects that you can jump onto (rabbits like to sit upstairs);
›Thoroughly washed plastic food bottles (but not household chemicals).
All rabbits are different and they like different toys. Watching your pet, you can choose a toy that he will like.
Tunnel for rabbits
Toys are necessary for rabbits, as well as communication. But even if you gave a lot of toys to a young rabbit, not yet accustomed to order, this does not mean that you can leave him alone at home for eight hours, and upon returning you will find the apartment in perfect order. It is not necessary to provide complete freedom of action for the pet. When raising a rabbit, train him to a walking schedule convenient for both of you. When he grows up, he will no longer need to be so strictly monitored, but do not rush things.
Choose toys based on what activities your pet likes.
Being a burrowing animal, a rabbit will never give up the pleasure of trying to dig a mink for itself. Foreign industry produces various versions of tunnels and artificial holes for rabbits.
Making yourself something like this will be too difficult, however you can find a cylindrical cardboard (for example, a narrow package from under a cognac bottle) – you get a convenient tunnel. Plug one end of the tunnel with paper or a cotton towel so that the rabbit can "dig" a passage for itself.
If during a walk through the woods or in the country, you come across a piece of a tree trunk with a rotten core, then after appropriate treatment it can also make an original rabbit hole. The preform is soaked for 1.5–2 hours in hot water, scraped out rotten places, disinfected with potassium permanganate or light of a quartz lamp.
To prevent the rabbit from digging a hole in the most inappropriate place, provide him with a special simulator for this lesson. Make it easy. Put old newspapers, hay and other safe materials of this kind in a large enough cardboard box and make an entrance to it. If the rabbit has chosen one special place in the apartment where he likes to dig, make this place furniture, and put a box with filler next to it.
Young individuals are most easily trained
If you do not want the rabbit to tear the wallpaper, find him enough paper for games. For this, old advertising directories and outdated phone books are suitable. If the rabbit eats paper provided for him to play with, a filler box would be a better option.
Like babies throwing rattles out of the crib, rabbits also like to throw things away. If the animal does not have enough items that can be thrown for pleasure, he will use a feeding trough or toilet. You can give the rabbit children’s toys, small bowls, etc. Make sure that the toys are made of thick plastic or metal so that the rabbit cannot break or bite them.
Unpainted and unpainted baskets, cardboard boxes, branches of safe plants, magazines and the like, a rabbit can nibble without damage to its health.
Awaken your imagination. The more various simulators you build for your rabbit, the less likely it will be to sharpen its teeth on your furniture and wires. The main thing is that the materials and fillers are safe for the rabbit.
Many rabbits like to tinker with rags: bedspreads, towels, rugs, etc. If you notice that your rabbit likes to “tidy up” the bedspread on the sofa, lay a towel on the floor for him. Make sure that the rabbit does not eat cloth while playing, which can be very dangerous.
Rabbits with a warlike character need special toys in order to be able to throw out their energy. Anything that stands on a fixed base will do, but with a jerk it will move in the upper part. You can also take toys for large parrots, hanging rattles, etc. The most important thing is that the toys should not contain small parts that the rabbit can tear and swallow.
Some rabbits like to play ball. For such games, it is best to take large rubber balls. A bunny can bite through a bouncy ball or ball. A loud sound will greatly scare him, and the rest of the ball may be swallowed.
So, the toys are selected in accordance with the natural natural inclinations of the rabbit, your pet should like it and, of course, be safe to use. The rest depends on your ingenuity.