Part of their curiosity also sees them enjoying chewing, nudging and sniffing. As well as being social animals they also like to have their alone time, often having a little hiding place or two. Domesticated rabbits need environmental enrichment to improve quality of life and help prevent boredom.
Freedom and choice are key to providing a happy home for your rabbit and the interesting environments we suggest here will give mental and physical stimulation, all are vital to maintain good rabbit health and wellbeing.
Enrichment can be delivered in various ways some methods will require some toys and equipment and others can be created with general household items. These ideas can be as expensive and elaborate or as cheap and simple as you like…the result is the same for your rabbit.
Hay should take up the majority of a rabbits diet and a good source of hay should always be available. Placing a hay rack up high will allow your rabbit to reach up and stretch but will also ensure the hay is kept off the floor and not soiled.
Tunnels and hideaways
These can be made from a simple cardboard box. These tunnels and hideaways will help encourage a natural behaviour for your rabbit and provide hours of entertainment as well as a safe get away for when they want downtime. Rabbits will need to have an entrance and an exit hole in their hideout. They are prey animals and need to know they can bolt and leave should they feel the need too, having one entrance and exit will make them feel trapped and less likely to use their hideaway.
Rabbits like to dig and forage. If your rabbit does not have access to grass then adding a litter tray into their play environment will be a suitable alternative. The litter tray can be filled with earth and some fresh grass clippings or dandelion leaves to encourage natural foraging and digging. Burns offer a range of natural nibbles for rabbits such as colts foot and dandelion and these are perfect to scatter in and around the enclosure to encourage foraging.
Look out towers
Although a rabbit in a safe home environment will not be predated upon, rabbits will still want to for-fill their natural instinct of having a look out. This is where a raised platform will come in handy for them in their enclosure, they will be able to peer up high and keep a look out from this platform and this in itself will provide entertainment for them.
Toys to encourage rabbit foraging and brain engagement are fantastic to prevent boredom for your bunny. Some home made ideas are listed below.
As you can see the possibilities of using things around the home are endless and require far more information that what we can put in this blog, hopefully this blog has got your creative thoughts flowing and opened your mind up to the possibility of increasing your rabbits play and enrichment on a day-to-day-basis.