The Bored Bunny: How to Entertain Your Rabbit
A bored bunny is a bad bunny. Many rabbits are bored simply because their owners have little appreciation for how smart they are—and they don't realize how much these little critters need to play and exercise their brains, as well as their bodies.
If you got a rabbit because you thought it would be a calm and cute creature that would sit in a small cage all day, then you chose the wrong pet. A goldfish might be a better choice for you!
The good news is that there are many simple ways to entertain your rabbit, stimulate its mind, and keep it out of trouble. Read on to find out just how to keep your bunny healthy in mind as well as body.
4 Ways to Entertain Your Bunny
1. Play the "Flip and Toss" Game
Bunnies quite often love to throw things around. Some rabbits will even attack things if you roll them towards them, much like a dog would do. There are a lot of small toys available for rabbits, usually made from some form of sisal or cane that are perfect for being picked up in a bunny's mouth and thrown around.
2. Give It Something to Chew On
Of course, a big part of a bunny's repertoire is chewing. If a rabbit doesn't have good toys to chew on, it will soon start chewing things it shouldn't. Obsessive chewing could also be a sign of neurosis, which could develop if your rabbit is just plain bored with everything.
3. Give It a "Remodeling" Project
Giving your bunny something to "remodel" will give its natural burrow building instincts a workout—and hopefully save your furniture. Cardboard boxes make excellent remodeling centers for rabbits. Tape them up, cut a couple of holes in them so the rabbit can run through, and you have a toy that the rabbit can chew to its satisfaction, not to mention run around, hide in and behind, and other fun bunny things.
4. Change Up Its Environment
Change up your bunny's environment a bit every now and then. Cardboard boxes, as mentioned in the previous section, are excellent toys (as long as bunny isn't eating the boxes) because they are light, cheap, very bunny friendly, and they provide literally hours of entertainment for rabbits, who love to sprint around them, run through them, and nibble bigger holes in them to their hearts content.
What this all really comes down to is a need for play and toys. I have written a whole lot of articles on this subject, including ones with more expansive toy suggestions and inspirations. Not all bunnies play the same way, but all bunnies do want to play. If your rabbit seems to sit there all day and all night never doing anything, then it is probably bored out of its skull and going slowly mad.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.