A rabbit of any breed, including the characteristic of digging holes, and he will try to dig in the corner of the living room or start to make a hole in the sofa. Covering up the carpet and strictly reprimanding the pet is not the best way out, rabbits should not be scolded at all; you need to care for these clever and touchy pets with affection and patience.
Moreover, digging holes is a natural activity for a rabbit, and it will continue unsuccessful (and sometimes quite successful) attempts to dig out a shelter for itself.
How to protect the living space of the house from the intrigues of an active rabbit, read in this material, well, here we look at how to satisfy his digging instinct.
To take a rabbit and take care of your nerves, offer your rabbit an exciting alternative!
As containers for digging fit:
- carton boxes
- plastic containers and pots
- large flowerpots
Fill the pot with pieces of paper, cardboard or plastic balls and bury some toys or treats inside.
A large flowerpot for flowers 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 up often because the pet will be enthusiastically scattering 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 booth to it. The rabbit will go to your favorite hole and will be able to rummage at your pleasure.
Have you noticed that rabbits love to scatter things? Being not in the mood or, on the contrary, from an excess of joyful feelings and in a fit of desire to arrange the world around in his way, the rabbit tosses and moves everything – food and dishes, tray and bedding.
Give more things to scatter.
What subjects will fit:
- flower pots
- plastic balls
- cardboard cylinders
- plastic toys
Place all these things directly in the aviary or immerse in a large cardboard box – your rabbit is busy, and you can rest easy.
Offer the rabbit to gnaw a fabric item.
Rabbits like to gnaw cloth. Look only at the upholstery or favorite slippers!
Place a few pieces of carpet in a pillowcase made of thick cotton material. The rabbit will be happy to sleep on such a bed, and for hours, he will dig into it and scratch it. Also, the fabric of natural cotton is not so easy to gnaw or tear.
Give more paper!
Scratching and gnawing, tearing, and scattering paper is a real pleasure for an active rabbit, and this exercise also helps to neutralize the destructive energy that these animals tend to accumulate.
Newspapers, old magazines, unnecessary school aids, or a telephone directory will do. Put all these treasures in a plastic container and offer the rabbit, so you will occupy your pet with an exciting game, keeping the latest correspondence and favorite books.
Any wicker toys and designs are remarkably useful and affordable toys.
Baskets, tunnels, balls, carrots, mats – all this will be gnawed and disassembled into small pieces. In this case, the rabbit will grind ever-growing teeth, which is very important.
Before buying, make sure that the product is made of natural material, not painted, and not treated with varnish. The best way is to purchase wicker toys explicitly made for the rabbit or make them yourself.
For example, roll a natural fiber mat into a roll, fasten it with pieces of the same fiber or twine and your rabbit will get a stunning inexpensive tunnel in which to hide, as well as nibble and disassemble.
Give a bite to the tree!
Stumps and branches, any pruning of the tree – valuable materials for the arrangement of leisure rabbit. From the branches you can make a great shelter. Set the trunk with branches vertically, and the rabbit will gladly tear off the bark and gnaw the smallest twigs.
As soon as the entire trunk is stripped, holes are drilled in it, into which fresh branches are inserted instead of eaten. Make sure that the appearance of the tree is safe for the rabbit – perfectly suitable birch, ash, maple, elm or willow, apple or pear — no need to choose conifers or oak.
You can install one or more wooden posts with wooden dies (plywood) attached at the top. The rabbit will jump on such a convenient platform, watching everything from above.
Sometimes the most simple toys are the best. String slices of vegetables or fruits on a tight twine or twig.
Attach sprigs of parsley, vegetables, cabbage leaves to the string or wall of the open-air cage with clothespegs.
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 rabbit, often a little lazy, has to climb on its hind legs in an attempt to get food.
Cardboard cylinders provide excellent opportunities for creativity and the creation of a variety of toys. You can tightly insert them into a small box from under the napkins, giving the rabbit the opportunity to pull out the tubes in turn.
Take one cylinder as a base and squeeze a few others, fold them together and twist them, then place them in the main tube, add hay or other delicacies and in a few moments your decorative rabbit will receive another fascinating object for research.
The same cylinders will fit for other toys that you make in a few minutes.
Cardboard ball with filler for decorative rabbit.
- Cut the cardboard cylinder into rings a couple of centimeters wide.
- Put the rings on one another, overlapping the voids time after time.
- When there is a small gap, put a piece of treat or a bit of granulated food inside.
- Put on the last ring, closing the gap, and the new toy is ready.
You can hang the ball on a string or just put it on the floor so that the rabbit can push it with its nose, toss and nibble.