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The Cheapest Homemade Toys for Rabbits
Netherland dwarf bunnies love to play with chew toys
Rabbits are naturally playful animals that exhibit love for engaging and interacting with toys. With this in mind, they tend to be relatively costly compared to other types of toys available in the market. The manufacture and distributions of the toys reason out that their high costs come from the manner in which the rabbits chew or even destroys in little time. As a pet lover, you need to know that you can never stop your pets from chewing since when they chew, especially their wooden objects, they wear their teeth down. Having this in mind, you can simply make your homemade rabbit toys to spare yourself from the agony of having to buy these toys. And also, help your pet’s nutritional needs. In addition, when you make your own homemade rabbits toys, you save a good amount of money that you would have to spend to purchase these toys.
It is therefore advisable that you find pine cones mostly from the wild and make toys from locally available materials. In case you miss the pine cones, never worry yourself as below is just a simplified way of making homemade toys. The procedure here makes use of toilet tubes from available, but friendly materials that guarantees your rabbit a playful opportunity.
In this simple activity, you will need the following:
- Toilet paper tubes,
- Timothy hay
- Untreated wood
- Dried apples
- A bailing twine
- Hand drill
- Preserve the toilet and paper tubes to al let time when you will use it as starting base of the rabbit toy. To start off, you need to clean off all forms of glue or tissue in order for the cardboard’s surface to remain clean. The cardboard’s surface cleanliness should never be compromised since dirt can also make the rabbit develop some form of infection. In this happens, disregard the tube in case it has any elements of ink on it.
- After this you can stuff the tubes with a small amount of Timothy hay. As you are progressing hold your hand over one end of your tube them continue stuffing the tube until it gets packed tight with the treat you just prepared.
- Ensure that you allow some of the Timothy hay top stick out on each end do that your pet can be lured to just chew the treat and even roll over the toy using its nose.
- Cut a small piece of a tree branch from any untreated tree, and then cut this branch into sizeable sections: then using a drill, make a small hole through one of the branches’ ends.
- Lastly, thread a small section of bailing twine through the hole you drilled and then you can hang a number of branches from a simple lid that hangs at the top of your pet’s cage so that the rabbit can nudge and chew the small branches.
- To ensure that your pet enjoys this activity all the time, ensure that the treats that you place in the middle of the shredded paper and cardboard are visible. The rabbit will therefore aim at the treats and will always shred and tear the branches that it will end up doing repeatedly and will end up enjoying from getting torn these branches to their smallest bits.
When you are looking out for treats, branches and other materials that you wish to place in the Branch, you need to place the safety of your pet at disposal. For instance, when selecting the tree where you can cut its branch, make sure that such a tree has not been sprayed with fertilizers or any pesticides. Such a contaminated tree can make your pet develop respiratory diseases that may end killing your pet. The same case can also happen with when you use pine wood that the rabbit may chew but develop complex respiratory problems.
In cases where you are limited of the best choices, you need to make it a priority to visit the local vet who can advise on the best types of treats that can accompany the homemade toys as this will help you keep a healthy and playful toy.
When you decide you use foods as the treats for your rabbit, you need to avoid yummy looking and colorful treats. However much they may be appealing to your pet, they actually contain a lot of sugar, which is simply never a good ingredient for your pet. To be clear, you need to avoid treats that have been processed and instead, make it a habit of buying natural treats such as Timothy or the alfalfa hay. With such considerations in place, you can have less costly homemade toys that ensure a playful time with your pet devoid of health and cost implications.