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Other cardboard items
- Cardboard toys for children can be just as much fun for your rabbit but check they don’t use staples and check it’s not coloured cardboard.
- You could buy a mini corrugated cardboard roll for your rabbit to rip up and dig at. Place sheets inside cardboard boxes. Very cheap to buy. Or use cardboard tubes stuffed with treats and hay.
Below are just some items that can make ideal dig boxes:
- Seed trays or drip trays
- Flower pots
- Washing up bowls
- Plastic storage containers.
Fill with soil, child friendly sand or with grass turf and this will provide fun for your rabbit and also encourage natural behaviour as they will like to dig. You could add dandelion and herb seeds to the grass turf. (If they are undercover, remember to water them.)
Inside runs rather than using a tray you can use different types of edging to make a raised area and fill this with soil or grass turf. Use bricks, slabs, breeze blocks or railway sleeper type edging or various edging you buy from garden centres to edge flower beds.
There are lots of different ways, but remember you won’t be able to move it around like you would if it was in a container and also if its wood, make sure it is rabbit friendly. If you use bricks etc, make sure they are safe and sturdy and that they can’t topple over.
Indoor dig boxes can be filled with lots of bits of cardboard & paper torn up for them to dig through and throw about.
Tree trunks and branches
These make great toys and hideouts for rabbits.
Contact a local tree surgeon or landscape company or local gardener to let them know you would be interested in any off cuts they may have but make sure they come from trees that are safe to rabbits.
You can make a great hiding place out of large bits of tree branches. If they are sturdy enough you could attach a flat piece of ply wood on top of the branches so your rabbit can jump on top and crawl underneath amongst the branches.
Wicker baskets, tunnels and balls
Your rabbit will love demolishing anything that is wicker. Please note treated wicker can be toxic and should therefor never be given to your rabbit. It is extremely difficult to work out what is treated and what is untreated wicker. Your best and safest option is to buy wicker items that have been made especially for a rabbit to play with.
Place tiny bits of your rabbit’s favourite treat or dried herbs amongst their hay on a daily basis so they have to work for their treats. Place treats in amongst hay and stuff this into small boxes and then make small holes in the box for them to chew and get at the treats. Egg boxes and cardboard tubes are good for this or paper bags can be used also.