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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > Do they learn to play?
Last Post by Zombie-Sue at 7/26/2011 7:19 AM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline Zombie-Sue
Des Moines, IA
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7/19/2011 5:39 AM

Tank isn't much of a toy rabbit. So far, the only toys he likes are things he can eat (cardboard and paper.) All he wants to do is shred them and dig holes in them and eat them. 

I've tried the baby keys and perscription bottles for him to toss around, but he's indifferent to it. If I switch his boxes for cardboard with different textures or switch a phonebook for a news paper here and there, (and of course toilet paper rolls!) he'll be entertained for a while.

But after about six weeks he gets bored with them and wants to chew on the bars of his cage. In a week or two he'll get back into them, but in the meantime he's eating his cage. I don't like that. I  don't want him to be bored! I let him out to exercize for about four hours every day (which I think he spends maybe ten to twenty minutes of actually exercizing and the rest loafing around in his cage anyway, lol) but he won't play with anything else !

Has anyone ever heard of a rabbit eventually learning to play with stuff? Maybe if I leave certain toys in there, he'll get it eventually?


User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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7/19/2011 6:12 AM
For rabbits, digging and shredding *is* play and I think most of them look at us like we're loony when we try to make them play our way. They're not predators like dogs or cats, so they aren't usually into chasing things or attacking. For a prey animal, practicing digging burrows and running about is the favorite kind of play.

Changing up his habitat and getting him new boxes, phone books, and other things to destroy will keep him from being bored. Mine sleep the majority of the day, but when they're up and active they're often ripping up something.
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User is Offline miaeih
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7/19/2011 7:08 AM

Your bun is playing. I actually have a bun, which, when described to the vet, was told that most likely, he never learned to play his entire life. She told me he probably grew up in shelters and will never learn since he's an adult now even though his wifey loves to play.


User is Offline Stickerbunny
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7/19/2011 7:14 AM
My male doesn't play as in throwing things, but he loves to chew cardboard and run around and he'll chase me if I run through the house with him. My female throws her toys and plays with them, but my male just prefers to play his own way.

User is Offline Zombie-Sue
Des Moines, IA
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7/24/2011 9:23 AM
@Elro;

but I want him to play other ways too! Like tossing stuff! First person to write a book on how to get rabbits to bend to your will instead of the other way around will make a fortune! xD

I tried putting some towels down. He likes to move those sometimes.

@Mia;

That sounds like Tank. He came into my life around 5ish. I don't think that he got a lot of care before that.

@Sticker;

lol cute!

User is Offline Beka27
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7/24/2011 9:42 AM
Rabbits play by performing instinctual actions over and over. This is very different than a cat/dog who will play in more prey-driven ways (i.e. chasing string, fetching a ball). While it may not as "fun" and interactive for you, digging and chewing and shredding are very important ways that your bunny plays and if given the opportunity to do this, they will be entertained.
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User is Offline Zombie-Sue
Des Moines, IA
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7/24/2011 12:09 PM
@Beka;

Is chewing on his cage bars part of that? It seems like something he shouldn't want to do unless he's very bored.

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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7/25/2011 9:34 AM

Yes, chewing the cage bars indicates that he does enjoy chewing. My suggestion in that case would be to get him some willow toys. A favorite of Sammy's turned out to be the huge unpeeled willow bark ball, or the big willow cube, that you can order online. (Here or other rabbit supply stores.)

It was the only time I saw her stand up and toss. She loved grabbing the ball that was as big as she is, lift it, toss it down, then chew off a piece of it. It takes her a couple of weeks to completely dismantle it. Meanwhile, the pieces are chewed, pulled around the floor, and generally good for teeth and fun.

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User is Offline Monkeybun
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7/25/2011 12:45 PM
Monkey loves the willow cubes. They are bigger than she is It's funny watching her play with them

User is Offline Zombie-Sue
Des Moines, IA
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7/26/2011 7:19 AM
Willow cube! That sounds like a fantastic idea, thanks everyone!
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