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Make Your Own Homemade Rabbit Toys

Updated on February 18, 2016

Making Your Own Rabbit Toys

Rabbits need toys too! Thankfully, they're easy and fun to make, an you'll get lots of ideas here.

Sometimes it seems that rabbits are the most forgotten pet in the house. Usually quiet, they can't bark or meow to get your attention and they're often locked in cages where they aren't noticed until feeding time. Just because rabbits are quiet, though, doesn't mean they aren't intelligent, playful creatures. In fact, rabbits are very smart, and can get health problems from lack of mental stimulation.

That's where toys come in. Rabbits need toys even more than cats or dogs that at least have windows to look out and space to roam. There aren't a lot of rabbit toys on the market, though, and the ones that are out there are usually expensive and poor quality. That's why I made this page. There are numerous toys you can make that your rabbit will love, and best of all, they're so cheap to make that you can make a ton of them, so you can switch out the bunny toys as your rabbit gets bored or destroys them.

Safety

Always be cautious when your rabbits play with any toys. No toy is perfectly safe. Supervision and common sense are a must! Only use materials that won't hurt the rabbits, especially if they chew.

Make a Tunnel for Your Bunny

In nature, rabbits like to burrow, so tunnels make popular toys.

One way to make a tunnel for your rabbit is to use a piece of poster board— you can even recycle one that you used for a garage sale sign. Grab it by the short edge, and bring it around so it matches up with the other short side and forms a tube. Using a stapler, attach the two edges. You'll want to cover the staples with tape to soften sharp edges and prevent injury. You can also cover one end with a circle cut from another piece of poster board—some rabbits like the feeling of being closed in and others don't, so see what works best for your rabbit.

Another idea for a tunnel is to just use one of those cement mold cardboard tubes you find at home improvement stores. They're sturdy enough to hold up well to the bunny's play.

Chew Toys

Rabbits love to chew and will chew on everything from food bowls to their cages and even themselves if they don't have anything else. Giving them something to gnaw on offers them a way to keep their teeth in good shape without endangering themselves.

Wood Chew Toys. Though many rabbits love to chew on baseboards, some don't prefer wood. They each have their own personalities, though, so yours might just love a branch to chew on. You can also find a block of wood and either set it in the cage or bolt it to the cage wall. Only use wood that is safe for rabbits, though. Avoid chemically treated wood at all costs! Untreated pine in small amounts is okay, and a few of the fruit trees, but never let them chew on branches or twigs from apricot, cherry, plum, or peach trees, and not redwood trees either. I've heard lots of people say apple branches and twigs are okay, and if you use them sparingly you should be fine, but they are a member of the same family as the other dangerous fruit trees, so use with caution. Most people use apple, pine, or willow for their rabbit toys, and that is typically what commercial toys are made of as well.

Paper or Cardboard Chews. You can also give your rabbits cardboard to chew on. Toilet paper tubes are extremely popular, as are cylindrical oatmeal boxes. A thoroughly cleaned out cardboard salt container with the metal parts removed can be fun as well. I also like to take random pieces of cardstock from bills and other places, the ones I would normally just toss into the recycling bin, and fold them up or crumple them and toss them for the rabbits to play with and chew on. Most rabbits love these most of all, and either toss them in the air or just sit and rip them apart. Don't use any glossy papers though, since they can contain too much dangerous ink.

Rabbits Want to Play Too
Rabbits Want to Play Too

Cardboard Rabbit Castle

Don't toss out those cardboard boxes too soon. Rabbits love to play hide-and-seek, and a cardboard box is the perfect venue for a fun game.

You can just toss an old box on the floor for them, but with a few additions and modifications, that cardboard box will be even more fun: Cut a hole in each side of the box, big enough for the rabbit to squeeze through, and then add a few smaller holes scattered around the sides so the rabbit can peek out. You can even connect a few of these boxes by cutting holes, lining them up to make passages to neighboring boxes. Bunnies like these but many take a little bit of time to get brave enough to play in them.

Toilet Paper Tubes

Many bunny owners know that rabbits love toilet paper tubes and will invent all sorts of games with the empties, but if your bun starts getting bored with the regular empty rolls, try to mix it up a little. Do one of the things below and see what your rabbit thinks.

  • Stuff the tube with hay or grass—rabbits love to pull the pieces out.
  • Cut the tube into rings—these are fun to toss about.
  • Hang the tube by a string—bunnies love to push these around.

Try to come up with a few other uses for the toilet paper tubes. They're free and easy to work with and rabbits have lots of fun with them.

Playing with a Toy
Playing with a Toy

Toilet Paper Tube Ideas

Though these are called cat toys, my rabbits often snag them right from under the noses of my cats, so I think they almost work better as rabbit toys.

Willow Ball Rabbit Toy
Willow Ball Rabbit Toy | Source

Willow Toys

Balls and huts made out of woven willow twigs are great fun for most rabbits. You can weave them together yourself, just find some willow trees and pick a few twigs and twine them in and out of each other. Or you could re-purpose some willow balls from a craft store. They have piles of all different shapes and sizes. Make sure you do not get any that are lacquered, though— if it has a high gloss on the surface, choose another type. They're also fairly inexpensive if you want to just pick some up from the pet store.

Rabbits Playing with Willow Toy
Rabbits Playing with Willow Toy | Source

Rabbit Rag Dolls

If you have old, clean rags, especially legs from jeans, you can make you rabbit a rag doll.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Just take a scrap of sturdy cloth, tie a knot in the middle, and toss it to your bunny. They love to toss the toy around and play tug with it. Since some like to rip it to shreds. It's best to be cautious and remove the toy if they rip up too much, since the fabric particles might not be good for them.

Small stuffed animals can lots of fun, too. Remove any eyes or loose pieces though, and get rid of them if they start to get torn up.

We Want to Play!
We Want to Play!

Towels

Most rabbits love playing with bath towels. Dragging them around, sitting on them, even digging on them, bath towels are lots of fun for rabbits, though make sure to wash them regularly, as many rabbits also really like peeing on them.

Bunnies Like Ripping Up Phone Books

Something about paper makes bunnies want to tear it up and phone books are full of paper that they have to rip from the binding so it's even more fun.

Household Items That Make Good Toys

  • Crumpled paper bag
  • Old phone book
  • Old paper boxes
  • Pieces of cardboard or empty chunks from cereal boxes folded in odd shapes
  • Empty spools of thread
  • Hay, alfalfa, or timothy
  • Old wicker baskets
  • Retired cat toys, stuffed animals, or baby toys
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Empty oatmeal canisters
  • Milk jug rings
  • Wicker paper plate holders

Bunny Balls

Any ball can be made into a rabbit toy. They seem to love rolling them along the floor and occasionally swatting them. Look for a few balls around the house, but remember to guard carefully against them chewing on their new toy. Most balls are rubber or plastic, so you need to watch them carefully so they don't ingest any.

Many rabbits like the little balls with bells in them. For some reason bunnies often like the sound of bells, and so will have a ball pawing their little toy around.

A nice natural wood ball is best, but almost impossible to find. Only use wood that's safe for rabbits to chew on, and avoid lacquers. You may even be able to find a natural chunk of wood with a roundish form that you can shape into a ball using sandpaper.

Small Plastic Bottles

Small plastic bottles, like those for sodas and water, make nice rabbit toys. Empty them, put the caps back on, and then give them to your rabbit. Especially on a linoleum floor, pushing around a plastic bottle is lots of fun for your furry friend. This isn't recommended if your rabbit is a big chewer though, and don't let them have the bottles if they start chewing on the plastic.

Grass Play Things

Dried grasses are a bunny's best friend. They seem to love everything about stuff made of dried grass: the smell, look, texture, and even the taste.

Items made of dried grass will be extremely popular with your fluffy butts, but remember, part of the fun is tearing them up.

Make a Grass Mat

If you have some bunny-safe grasses in your area, you may want to try your hand at weaving a grass mat. Don't worry too much if it doesn't turn out pretty, your bunnies won't care what it looks like. To get the grasses you could let a small patch of your lawn grow out and become tall enough for weaving or just use some pieces of hay or straw, then weave the pieces in and out like a basket until it's in a mat-like shape. Whatever it turns out like, I'm sure your rabbit will love it.

Outdoor Playtime

The great outdoors can be a wonderfully thrilling place for your rabbit. A safe and secure fenced backyard with appropriate oversight by a human is a place where your bunny can eat grass and dig to their heart's content.

There are numerous folding animal playpens that you can unfold and set on the grass so your pet can run around inside in relative safety. You can also you a large cage and set it on the lawn so the grass comes through the bottom. This will keep your bunny safer than the open-top playpens. You can even use a leash. Rabbits are easily leash-trained, and though you can walk them like a dog, you can hold the end of the leash and follow behind them as they explore.

Whatever way you let them explore the outdoors, make sure you are very careful. Lots of things like to eat rabbits and if you aren't watching you might lose your bunny. There are even stories of people holding their bunnies and getting attacked by dogs, so always be aware of your surroundings. Also, the sun may feel good to you, but rabbits are extremely sensitive to heat and vulnerable to dehydration, indoor ones especially, but all of them will die if they get too hot. Make sure they have some sort of shade and access to water and that you take them inside if it gets too hot for them. Even if they're playing outside for a few minutes they should have a container to drink from.

Enjoy the outdoors occasionally, but do it safely.

Indoor Grass Lawn

If you can't let your bunny have outdoor time, you may want to grow her some grass of her own. Any sort of plastic pan will work as a planter and then just start some grass seed in it in some dirt and keep it watered. When the grass is nice and tall, give it to your pet as a nice treat.

Alfalfa should always be part of your bunny's diet as well, and moving hay racks can be lots of fun for them.

Bunny Love
Bunny Love

Recycled Cat Toys

Many cat toys make wonderful rabbit toys as well. Anyone with house rabbits and cats knows this since often rabbits will snatch the cat's toys right from their furry mitts.

Be cautious when if giving your rabbits cat toys, since some of them will be dangerous if chewed on. Make sure the toy is appropriate before you let your rabbit pretend he's a kitty cat!

Cereal Boxes

Empty cereal boxes make great toys. Simply cut them up the middle so the rabbits can't get their heads stuck inside and then toss the boxes down on the floor. They love light things that are easy to pick up and toss, and cereal boxes work great for that. Try stuffing them with grass for some extra fun.

Mirrors

Setting a mirror down on the floor against a wall can really interest your rabbit. They are territorial and so become very intent when they spot another bunny, even if that bunny is their own reflection. Once they realize that bunny they see has no scent and moves just like them, they may become fascinated by the new experience.

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      Bunnylover 3 weeks ago

      VERY helpful

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      trinityayers123 4 months ago

      Very helpful my bunnies will love this ideas

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      Veradesmore 4 months ago

      This page is very helpful! thanks!

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      animal 5 months ago

      yay helped a lot

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      Kartik Das 6 months ago

      Great things I saw for rabbits. Well, my pet rabbit doesn't play with the toys, instead she eats them. She's hungry all day.

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      callum 8 months ago

      my rabbits like toys to play with but i want to make my very own toy any one would help

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      Sasha N 10 months ago

      My New Zealand white will love these ideas

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      kaylee 15 months ago

      I love my lion head rabbit but I can't seem to find a place to groom and shorten her hair I need some help!

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      Deepak Rana 22 months ago

      my rabbit is most cute in universe and in world kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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      Jenna Durbin 22 months ago

      You don't want to let them eat coloring but i like this

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      rosina2002 3 years ago

      thanks this has made my new pet rabbit very happy!!!

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      tonypaull 3 years ago

      Nice lens. Given me a different perspective on an animal I knew very little about. Thanks

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      Kaylab123 LM 3 years ago

      Very nice lens! It sounds like your bunnies are really well loved and taken care of! My aunt owns a few and she's also very dedicated to making sure they get activity and mental stimulation. Thank you for sharing!

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      marvins 3 years ago

      Wow great idea.... :) definitely will try with my bunny :) thumbs up lens :)

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      amycorp 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info! We have a rabbit, so this lens in very helpful.

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      aleereviews 3 years ago

      Great tips! There's a lot more to rabbits that I didn't know :)

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      Hansoph 3 years ago

      What a great lens - some fantastic ideas. Thanks

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      ddbdanielle 3 years ago

      Nice lens, didn't know rabbits were so playful.

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      joyfuldesigns lm 3 years ago

      Great lens. I used to be a rabbit breeder and showed rabbits, so know quite a bit. They really are FAR more playful and social than most people think. Great job highlighting this and what amazing pets they really do make.

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      FionaWalters 4 years ago

      After building a lens on baby gifts and toys, I was browsing around Squidoo and found your lens about rabbit toys! Curious, I explored it a bit - and now realize how important toys are even to these tiny critters. Nice lens, thanks for sharing your passion.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      The rabbits are so adorable in the photos.

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      diegocomercio 4 years ago

      always cute animals. great tips you have here. nice lens

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      mayraborcea 4 years ago

      Wow...cool! I didn't know that rabbits like playing with toys...! So cute!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant my rabbit who is 3 weeks old and is the size of my hand will love this

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      weballan 4 years ago

      Very cool... We used to have bunny and I never knew about getting him a toy. There is always the next time.

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      Matt_Lowe 4 years ago

      These are great!

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love these ideas! My bunny loves all these homemade toys and gave up on the store-bought ones.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You've put a lot of thought into choosing the right toys for a rabbit. I appreciate that some are easily made at home. I had a house rabbit for awhile, but he scared my cats so I found a new home for him.

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Lots of fantastic creative ideas for rabbit toys. wish I would've thought of some of these for the Flemish Giant I had as a child.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens! Harry loves his new toys, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really helpful my bunny loves his new toys! !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WOW so many great ideas! I just got a 10-week old bunny 2 days ago and once I cut her off from all the electronics and dangerous things, she's already gotten a little bored. I just stuffed hay in a toilet paper tube and she's enjoying it. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      oh my gosh that is epic great for when i get my new baby rabbit.

      i can't wait to get building the toys !!!

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      lauranlauran 5 years ago

      Brilliant!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! I have been babysitting my friend's rabbit off and on now and he always seems a little bored. He has plenty of roaming space but just doesn't seem too impressed. I felt bad and happened to stumble upon this page. Trying a few things, the bunny seemed to love it! Now he's binkied everywhere around this room and playing with all of these toys. Thank you so much!

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      Matt_Lowe 5 years ago

      Great lens. We just got a rabbit for my little girls. They are going to love these ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a lionhead rabbit and it have only two toys but I play with my rabbit a lot and he is very friendly so it don't matter what kind of toys that he have it can be anything?????

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info! I'm tryin to learn all I can before I get my first rabbit. It gave me some ideas. Thanks.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Great information. Nice lens !

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      JessyGene 5 years ago

      awesome lens! I'm going to feature it on my lens about Love Your Pet Day (Feb.20)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Aw, I love bunny rabbits. We always had a bunny growing up, and my kids had bunnies. One was house trained when we got it, so that made things easy. This is so sweet, I smiled and smiled big all the way down. I can see your your rabbits are loved and cared for in a great home. Good on you! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This helped me for my 4-H demonstration idea! thanks!

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      navalava lm 5 years ago

      Great lense, really! I have a bunny who likes to eat toys, rather than play with. :D

      He enjoys paper bags and cardboard egg cartons. So, you may guess we have lots of eggs in the fridge. :D

      Cheers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love rabbits

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      toiletbowl3 5 years ago

      Good lens of wicker storage baskets, Each and every point is good enough. Thanks for sharing with us your wisdom of wicker storage baskets.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My rabbit is the same way! we got him when he was about 1 year old and he had not been introduced to treats and toys, that may be the problem with your rabbit too. He loses interest in toys and treats fast but he eems to like high places, if you rabbit is mellow like mine she might just want a nice view :) hope this helped.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yes they are safe! if your friend hangs up the knotted rope, then they will have a good time pulling it down!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's only dangerous if they eat what they break off. If the stuff is just left on the floor, then it's fine.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas. My rabbit found a wine cork to play with but she likes nippling the edges, does anyone know if this is safe?

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      scarfaceclaw 5 years ago

      Love it! Thank you very much. I am going to try heaps of these ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are felted wool balls/knotted ropes safe for rabbits if supervised? I wanted to buy one for a friend's rabbit, but not sure if it would eat bits and choke? (See here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83351494/knots-and-rop...

      Thanks!

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      LotusLandry 5 years ago from Southern California

      I wish I could have a rabbit, but I settled for writing a story - /the-naming-of-the-animals.

      There is a great story today in LA Times about the extra rabbits at Long Beach City College.

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      Great bunny hop.

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      lessardsgutters 6 years ago

      I have a lionhead. Aspen loves playtime outside. I take out his toys with us and he loves to hide behind his cardboard like he would out in the wild. Then he runs up to me and does his signature "BINK".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I got my first rabbit two days back. He is perfect, active, loving and totally sassy!

      He is a lop eared, brown and white color..he is only 2 months old. He looks just like the one in the 'Rabbit want to play too' picture. What breed is that lop?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a really really picky bunny. She is a holland dwarf lop. She doesn't like balls (even the ones that rattle), she doesn't chew on any of the wood chews we have bought (and made) for her, no will she play with toilet paper rolls, or boxes, she doesn't even like bunny treats!! Please help!

      I love my bunny sooo much and want her to be happy, but I can't find anything she likes to play with!

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      Alisha Vargas 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @anonymous: Thanks so much! Lil Bit was half lionhead and I'm not sure what the other half was. She never got any bigger, so I'm thinking the other half might have been Netherland dwarf.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Ideas!! I will definitely be trying some out! A questions though; in the We Want To Play! Picture(right after the willow ideas), what breed is the rabbit on the right?

      Thanks

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      Murphypig 6 years ago

      my rabbits throw everything around as well and rip any paper into pieces. It's great to see them how they have fun :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My bunny likes to play with those wicker plate holders like you put paper plates on at a picnic. Very inexpensive and he loves to chew it and flip it over and over.

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      brittanyshaf 6 years ago

      these are so cute! i love the bunny pics! will have to try some of these toys out with my rabbit. blessings.

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      Dustbunnyodoom 6 years ago

      Great suggestions for rabbit toys, it gave me a few new ideas

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have seven rescue bunnies and their most favorite toy at the moment is the cardboard box my tall stick vacuum came in. Bunnies are so full of joy when they play they make laugh just watching them have fun.

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      Biomechanoid 6 years ago

      Got some really nice ideas from here, I was just thinking about getting something entertaining for my bunny! By the way, my bunny looks almost like the one that last picture here. Thanks for a good lens, enjoyed that! :)

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Wow......great lens our rabbit is crazy about her toys she need them to live

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      scar4 6 years ago

      like the cute rabbit pictures. Next year is the Year of the Rabbit!

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      aliwatson 6 years ago

      Brillian lens loads of great ideas my little bunny rorschach is going to just love them, thank you for saving my shoes from being eaten

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      amychantelle 7 years ago

      awww, I have 2 rabbits who love to toss and chew, i'm sure they'd love some of these toys.

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      kimmiekins 7 years ago

      I've got a few of the ideas for my Bella Bunny... She LOVES to rip up phonebooks! I'll have to try some of the ideas here. Thanks for a great lens!

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      What a fantastic collection of ideas for bunny toys! We'll have to try some of these with our pet rabbit, Amerisa! In fact, I love this page so much, I'm going to lensroll it to my lens on House Rabbits!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Nicely done. Great ideas. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      As usual, all of your ideas are fabulous! Makes me want to run out and get a bunny just so I can start making him toys :) Totally awesome!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      You've got a lot of great ideas. When we had our rabbit, we tied a small portable fence to her rabbit cage so that she could easily come out and play. It was fun having her greet us.

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      aviator7 7 years ago

      There are so many great clips and photos on this lens! I particularly like Dudley the House Rabbit, he is so cute! Maybe if you tied a piece of string to the ball you might use it like apull along toys which he might chase a bit perhaps.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What about linoleum tubes that linoleum is rolled on??? Is that ok for them or dangerous?? I have netherland dwarfs and a friend gave me some 12" cut pieces of linoleum tubes. It looks like they would love it. I was just concerned with the chemicals?

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      This lens is adorable with great tips for rabbit owners!

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      dazsgeo 7 years ago

      Some great ideas! I just adopted a rabbit a month ago and was looking for some ideas for homemade toys. Nice lens!

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      I already knew it was a joke (other posters) but I really wanted to see your April Fools page. It will be interesting to see what page rank this Squidoo page has tomorrow after all these comments!!! lol!!! 5*

      ~Lynn (lynnhsmomof2 on Ehow)

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      prettyevil 8 years ago

      I wasn't got, because the other posts said it was a joke, but I had to see what it was. Kitty! Totally worth it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You got me too!!! Very cute!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good job.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ha! I don't mind those kinds of pranks...such a cute kitty face!

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      From-the-Heart 8 years ago

      LoL! Ah darn....

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      SPhilbrick 8 years ago

      You'd have had me if "April Fool's" hadn't shown up at the bottom of the page ! CUTE ! ;-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That was cute! You had me going there for a while.