Playing With Your RabbitPetmania Pet Care Advisor
Just like dogs and cats, rabbits are curious creatures who love to play. They don’t just sit in a hutch all day-they love to hop, jump, sniff around and get active. Playing some games with your rabbit is a great way to build the bond between you, and get to know each other. This is especially important if you have just brought your rabbit home for the first time and he is a bit shy.
In this blog, we’ll talk about our favourite games to play with rabbits, why play is important, and how to get your rabbit to be social!
How to Play With Your Rabbit
It’s true rabbits enjoy playing, but it is important to remember that they are prey animals, so their idea of a fun playtime is a bit different to a cat or dog’s idea. It is essential that your respect your rabbit’s boundaries and not force them to do anything that might spook them or make them feel uncomfortable. Although they are indeed very social, not every game will be fun for them, so be sure to try out lots of different games to see which ones he will respond best to.
Observe your bunny for a bit before beginning any games and get to know their personality. Are they shy or timid? Are they energetic and full of mischief? Are they curious and love cuddles? Take these factors into account when deciding to play with your rabbit for the first time.
Playing With Your Bunny
This is a great toy for bunnies who love to throw things and causing chaos! It is nicely made and just the right size for little rabbit mouths. Perfect for rabbits who love to show mischief.
This a fantastic toy for rabbits who love to chew (and what bunny doesn’t love chewing?) Providing hours of entertainment for the diggers and burrowers, these sturdy, high quality toys are great for playtime with your rabbit.
Perfect for your bunny to play with while you’re away, rabbits who enjoy chewing and exploring will love this toy. Your rabbits will love dashing in and out of the doorways and chewing on the walls and scratching at the floors.
A bit of bowling will appeal to your bunny’s mischievous side. Why not set up some bowling pins and see your rabbit take delight in knocking them down?
Similar to how we play fetch with our canine pals, but slightly different…in this case, the bunny will be throwing the toy or ball, and you’ll be doing the catching! Some rabbits find it amusing throwing toys around with their teeth with a flick of their head. Bird toys are actually great for this activity because they are easy to grip.
Tips for Playtime
- Tell Your Rabbit When It’s Time To Play
When you want to play with your rabbit, tell him that it’s playtime with a phrase such as ‘playtime!’ or ‘let’s play!’ Be consistent using the phrase, so that your bunny understands that when you say it, playtime is about to begin. Use a phrase to end playtime too, so your bunny knows when to stop. Use this phrase even if your rabbit is the one to end the playing.
- Don’t Be Too Rough
Rabbits are delicate creatures, so don’t be too rough on your rabbit’s body.
- Be Patient
Let your bunny approach you! They can be very timid at first, so let them approach you when they are ready. Never force them into anything, as this can cause your rabbit to become even shyer or frightened. Always pet your rabbit while praising him with positive feedback, such as friendly verbal cues or yummy treats. It is important that he associates your touch with happiness, safety, security and comfort.
- Don’t Get Mad
Rabbits bite for various different reasons; sometimes it is an act of affection, other times they are trying to show aggression. Don’t scold or yell at your rabbit; simply push him away and continue petting him.