Playing with Your Pet Bunny
Authors: P.A. Smith and Abi Cushman
P.A. Smith and Abi Cushman are the proud owners of two mischievous agouti rabbits named Coco and Cosette. They also co-edit the fun wildlife website called Animal Fact Guide.
Whether it's bowling or fetch, bunnies love to play. As your rabbit's unique personality unfolds, you'll come to find out what kinds of games your rabbit likes best.
Rabbits enjoy games that play into their natural tendencies. A game of bunny bowling will appeal to their mischievous side, as they delight in knocking things over. Set up toy bowling pins and watch as your rabbit nose-bonks them all down.
On a similar note, rabbits love to steal important papers (or apples you're eating) out of your hand and run away with them, most likely binkying along the way. Admittedly, this is not exactly a game... or at least not one in which you're a willing participant. But your bunny will certainly be amused.
You can also play a game of "fetch" with your bunny... except you're the retriever and your rabbit is the one doing the throwing. Some bunnies like picking up toys with their teeth and tossing them with a flick of their head. Toys for birds are great for this activity because they can easily grip them. You can also go a less expensive route and provide cardboard tubes from paper towel or toilet paper rolls. Stuff those tubes with hay to spike their interest further.
When you are away from home, your bunny still needs to play, so it is a good idea to have a selection of toys available. One bunny favorite is a cardboard castle. (See our article on Building a Cardboard Castle for your Bunny.) Rabbits love to dash in and out of the doorways and make renovations by chewing on the walls and scratching at the floors.
Other toys can include untreated wood products, hard plastic baby toys, plastic balls with bells inside, pine cones, oatmeal boxes, and phone books. A note of caution: some types of wood can be poisonous for rabbits, such as cherry, redwood and peach.
There are many benefits to playtime with your pet bunny. Not only does it help build a bond between you and your pet, it also provides your rabbit with much needed mental stimulation and exercise.