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« on: July 08, 2014 11:00:30 AM »

Recently my dad gave my two boys a pet rabbit. I've had a rabbit before, but that was  years ago and she wasn't a house pet. So here I am.
I have a cage for her, the necessities and a few extras. We went and got her a pet carrier cause my 6 year old son LOVES to take her with him everywhere he can.  I've bought her treats and a few toys that are 'rabbit' approved, which she has quickly torn apart.
Not a problem, except these things are kind of pricey. For example, 5$ for a small ball that she'll have apart within a day or two. The pet carrier itself was close to 40$. I can't afford to get her a brand new toy every single day.

I've looked all over the internet and a few books, and with the limited amount of time that I have to spend online all the information tends to get overwhelming. So my question is: do any of you have any suggestions or advice to give me so that I can make toys, treats, better housing for our bunny. I don't want her just sitting in a cage like a lump. I know that I ramble so my apologies.

Oh, and I was wondering if the trees and exercise equipment that is designed for cats would be okay for a rabbit?

Here's a pic of my son and our Mr. Carrot! (Yes, Mr. Carrot - my son likes the name. The lady at the pet store tried to tell him it's a female and Mr. was masculine; he listened to her politely then shut her down by informing her that it was 'HIS' buddy - rambling! Sorry thought it was kinda cute)
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014 05:12:21 PM »

You might try this one, it looks pretty sturdy


I have cats, and they can destroy things, too. But they don't chew like a rabbit will. They just destroy with their claws. I had an indoor rabbit at one time, but the neighbor's boy loved it so much that I gave it away. Mine was mostly cage kept unless I was home to watch it. And keep it from chewing all my appliance/lamp cords.

I do know that rabbits need to chew to shorten and sharpen their teeth. Rats are the same way. If their teeth grow too long, it is not a good thing. Their teeth will actually grow into the lower jaw bone.

I don't know if there is a certain type of lumber you could add to the mix..like what they would normally nibble on in the wild? Your pet store could help you with this. Hope I have helped.


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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2014 01:04:51 PM »

Yes, you did help! Thank you.

I used to have rats as pets, and one of them had that very problem with her teeth. They just kept growing. We had a lot of toys for her to chew on, but nothing helped. She was very friendly pet too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2017 06:50:35 PM »

Our buns use the cat things. It is just a wicker tube with a fake lambskin blankie. They love it. Buns are afraid of falling so it would need sides or a wall if you did a tower. They do like to sit up high sometimes.

I don't think they want purchased toys. They like hay in a toilet paper tube. A thicker stick from the yard. Get an appropriate species of wood. I don't know the edible woods off hand. They like room to move their stuff around. The hardware store has "concrete forming tubes". Oversize cardboard tubes they can run through. I take them away if we have a chewy bun. I don't know what is in that cardboard. Home Bleepo has the brand Sakrete in the last aisle. Beyond that they just need daily interaction, preferably with humans and a bonded bunny friend.

Fresh green veggie treats entertain them the most. Ours never developed a taste for store bought treats, banana or anything sweet. Even carrots are mostly ignored. I think low sugar is healthier for them. Look up the list of what they can eat on one of the bun sites to be sure it is ok.

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