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My Tux is a funny little fellow. He's not much for any of the toys suggested for rabbits (I've tried a lot of them. The only thing he seems to go for is a used toilet paper roll, which is fine by me). There's not nearly as much available for buns as there is for more common pets, so I've been getting him a lot of stuff made for cats, like his bed/hidey house, blankets, mats... he likes soft things, cuddly little guy. He's a chewer, but he seems to be able to tell the difference between safe things to chew and unsafe things to chew, and I haven't noticed any of his cat toys being munched on (except for the sisal mats that make up the floor of his pen, but I chose those for a reason), so it all seems pretty safe. Is anybody else using cat products for their buns? Tips? Suggestions?
I'm careful about making sure the stuff he is likely to munch on is rabbit safe.
Posted By lmais on 10/30/2012 01:57 PM
Ruby likes bird toys, there is one that I get at one of my local pet stores that is like a cylinder with little bells in it that she throws around. If he's cuddly he might like cat/dog beds (if he's into digging as well), Ruby will spend hours digging on it and pushing the material around.
My spoiled bun has two cat beds! One is sort of cone shaped so it functions like a hidey house, but I only got it today and he hasn't quite made friends with it yet. Loves the other one, though. He doesn't seem to like toss toys or balls very much. Lately he's been on an expedition to climb everything in my room, no matter how hard I try to make it. He's a little explorer. I got him the Super Pet Music Chews, and he seems to like the loofah, but he loses interests in chew toys quickly.
Posted By RabbitPam on 10/31/2012 05:32 AM
Sammy's new favorite toy is a set of hard plastic baby keys on a key ring that I found at a major drug store chain in the baby supplies section. She tosses it, and uses it to rattle to get our attention when she wants to play. Best five bucks I've spent on a toy in years.
She used to have cuddle cups to sit in that are made for bunnies and cats, but I discovered that it had been chewed after all and the stuffing was coming out. It was about the time she had some tummy blockage, so I ended up throwing away her favorite cuddle cup because of that. I just didn't feel it was safe enough. I got plain 100% cotton pieces of fabric (1/2 yd.) from a fabric store and bunched it up as a blankie, which she shapes herself, and she's fine with that.
I really like getting bunny-specific toys from reliable stores, like BB's store here or the Busy Bunny store, because they are designed with bunny safe materials, have been bunny tested, and often are liked by my bunny so I waste less money on toys that are ignored. Cat toys sometimes have things like catnip or bells in them that can be bad for bunnies if chewed open. Bird toys are made of the harder plastic and the edible woods, so often are a better choice.
I bought Tux those baby keys. No interest whatsoever. He's never touched them. It seems to me like he's got plenty to chew on so I haven't noticed him gnawing on the cat beds. I'd like to see him find something he likes to toss around but I just haven't yet.