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My furry ones (Peter and Penelope) eat through most toys and tear through a fabric tunnel in a week.
So, I started looking at alternatives.
I ended up getting some concrete molds! They're cardboard tubes with very thick walls and here they come in 1.2 meter lengths for a few bucks. They have em at my local home depot in 15. 19, 25 and 30cm diameter and I got two 15cm and one 19cm for my favourite fuzzbutts. They're slippery inside so are hard to crawl up if put on a incline (like up into the couch or up ontop of the cage) so I also got some heavy grit roll of sandpaper for a few more bucks. Gluing down a strip of sandpaper in the pipe made for a perfect tube to run and play in. They don't appear to nibble at them but sure love to run and climb in them.
I paid around $10 for the tubes, but everything is expensive here.
A short polyester/nylon tunnel at my local petstore is $40.
I'll see if I can get the fuzzbutts to pose in it for a picture later.
This was not easy!
Luckally Peter (Petter in Norwegian) is very kind and allows you to handle him pretty much as you please.
After stuffing him into the tube 3 times I managed to get a picture of him emerging!
Needless to say, he is munching on his prize as I type.
A small block of alfalfa/carrot/peas snack!
Notice the sandpaper. I got some 40 grit as it gives great grip for someone with fuzzy feet.
I used non-toxic epoxy along the entire underside of the strip to bond it to the tunnel and so far no signs of it getting loose.
I also secured it to the top of the cage which has a piece of natural fiber mat ontop so rabbit-feet won't get stuck in the bars when they take the roof-exit or entrance. The cage is one of those 3-story 120x60cm ones so about 65cm tall so the incline is quite steep. With the paper, they have no issues going up or down without spinning. It also seems to take the sharpest edge off their claws making it less necessary to clip em all the time.
I haven't noticed any soare feet so it seems good. They've had this for around 4 months now.
Almost forgot. This is a 19cm version.
Posted By Mimzy on 08/14/2012 12:36 AM
Looks like fun *ahem* for them of course I'm afraid my bun would chew the sandpaper, she's pretty big on chewing. If it's just laying on the ground, do you think it would still need traction?
Looks really cool, I like it
Nah, I have a tunnel just laying on the floor too and it doesn't need any sandpaper.
They love to walk slowly into middle and then suddently start sprinting, slipping like crazy and shooting out the end like rockets.
They also like to do digging motions in there. The slippery surface is good for not giving grip so they don't make a hole.