This is the second part of a fascinating article about toys for decorative rabbits – read the beginning of the material at this link.
It is common for a rabbit of any breed, including decorative, to dig holes, and he will certainly try to make a dig in the corner of the living room or start to make a hole in the sofa. Cover the carpet and strictly report back the pet. not the best way, rabbits should not be scolded at all, you need to approach the education of these smart and touchy pets with affection and patience.
In addition, digging a hole is a natural activity for a rabbit and it will continue unsuccessful (and sometimes quite successful) attempts to dig a refuge.
How to protect the living space of the house from the machinations of an active rabbit, read in this material, well, here we will consider how to satisfy his digging instinct.
To keep the rabbit busy and save your nerves, offer your decorative rabbit a fascinating alternative!
As containers for digging fit:
- carton boxes
- plastic containers and basins
- large flower pots
Fill the bowl with pieces of paper, cardboard or plastic balls and bury a few toys or a treat inside.
A large flowerpot is also great for digging holes. Just make sure that the palm tree does not grow in the pot!
The main drawback of these methods is the need to clean often, because the pet will enthusiastically scatter the substrate in all directions.
Therefore, you can make a hole in one of the walls of a large plastic container with a lid and attach another box or box to it. The rabbit will pass into his favorite hole and will be able to rummage at his pleasure.
Materials at hand
Have you noticed that rabbits love to throw things around? Being not in the mood or, on the contrary, out of an excess of joyful feelings and in a fit of desire to arrange the world around him in his own way, the rabbit throws and moves everything — food and dishes, a tray and bedding.
Give more stuff to scatter
What items will fit:
- flower pots
- plastic balls
- cardboard cylinders
- plastic toys
Place all of these items directly in the enclosure or immerse them in a large cardboard box. your bunny is busy, and you can rest easy.
Invite the rabbit to gnaw a piece of cloth
Rabbits like to chew on fabric. Look only at the upholstery of your chair or your favorite slippers!
Place several pieces of carpet in a pillowcase made of thick cotton. The rabbit will be happy to sleep on such a bed, and for hours it will delve into and scratch it. In addition, natural cotton fabric is not so easy to crack or tear.
Give me some more paper!
Scraping and nibbling, tearing and scattering paper is a real pleasure for an active rabbit, and this activity also helps to neutralize the destructive energy that these animals tend to accumulate.
Newspapers, old magazines, unnecessary school books, or a telephone directory would do. Put all these treasures in a plastic container and offer the rabbit, so you will occupy your pet with an exciting game, keeping fresh correspondence and favorite books.
Any wicker toys and designs are remarkably useful and affordable toys.
Baskets, tunnels, balls, carrots, mats – all this will be cracked and pulled into small pieces. At the same time, a decorative rabbit will grind constantly growing teeth, which is very important.
Before buying, make sure that the product is made of natural material, not painted or varnished. The best solution is to purchase wicker toys made specifically for the rabbit or make them yourself.
For example, roll a natural fiber mat into a roll, fasten with pieces of the same fiber or twine and your rabbit will get a stunning inexpensive tunnel in which you can hide, as well as nibble and disassemble.
Give a gnaw to a tree!
Stumps and branches, any trimmings of a tree are valuable materials for arranging leisure for a decorative rabbit. From the branches you can make an excellent shelter. Set the trunk with branches vertically, and the rabbit will be happy to peel off the bark and gnaw the smallest branches.
As soon as the entire trunk is peeled, holes are drilled in it, into which fresh branches are inserted instead of those eaten. Make sure the tree is safe for the rabbit – birch, ash, maple, elm or willow, apple or pear are great. No need to choose conifers or oak.
You can install one or more wooden posts with wood (plywood) dies attached to the top. A decorative rabbit will jump onto such a convenient platform, watching everything from above.
Sometimes the simplest toys are the best. String pieces of fruit or vegetables on a tight twine or twig.
Attach parsley branches, vegetables, cabbage leaves with clothespins to the twine or the wall of the enclosure.
Make holes in the walls of the cylinders that remain from the rolls of paper towels or toilet paper. Fill the void with hay and hang it so that the decorative rabbit, often a little lazy, had to climb to its hind legs in an attempt to get food.