One of many things that non-rabbit folks don’t know about is that bunnies love cardboard box houses. This simple-to-build toy keeps rabbits occupied for hours, as I found out with my long-eared friends. Even better, they can be made for free.
Since rabbit warrens have multiple entrances, box houses should have two doors cut in their sides. Any tape or stickers should be removed as well since bunnies love to chew on the boxes. To make it even more fun, remove the covers off of an old telephone directory and place that inside the house. For some odd reason, rabbits love to shred paper. If they ingest any, it won’t hurt them as soy-based inks are used to print the books.
These cardboard houses also act as a safe place for bunnies to nap. Since their instincts tell them to rest in enclosed or covered spaces, they naturally gravitate toward areas where they feel secure. Often rabbits will stretch out inside the box with their heads at one entrance.
An important benefit of these houses is that rabbits are able to relieve their urge to dig and chew. Instead of damaging carpets and furniture, bunnies with box houses can gnaw and shred the boxes to their heart’s content.
In my When a Man Loves a Rabbit memoir, I wrote about the many variations on this toy that satisfied my long-eared companions. Please check it out at my Bruce Atchison’s books link. Please visit the House Rabbit Society for further information on house rabbits.