Updated: Dec 13, 2022
Photo by Mikhail Nilov
Your rabbit needs to have playtime with another bunny or human daily. Playing keeps rabbits healthy and active. It is also one way of reducing the risk of diseases rabbits might have if they don't exercise daily.
Rabbits usually sleep during the day for about 8-11 hours. If your bunny isn't sleeping, it's probably playing and doing zoomies; you have to play with it between those hours to make playtime more fun and engaging.
6 Ways to Play With Your Rabbit
1. Sit/lay on the floor
Once you stay down on the floor and your rabbit comes to you, pet it and give it attention. Let your bunny climb on you or sniff you. If you're a fan of peaceful mornings, this will do.
2. Teaching Bunny Tricks
(We have a blog on Simple Bunny Tricks, which you can teach your rabbit)
This is a fun and stimulating activity with your bunny. It can add tricks to what your bunny already knows and provides a great playtime and bond day between you and your pet. This way of playing also includes hand-feeding treats, which is an excellent way of spending time with your bunny.
3. Give your rabbit something for him to push or throw around
Bunnies love to push and throw things anywhere inside the house, especially when you have free-roam rabbits. Hard toys are good for your rabbit to throw or willow balls to push.
4. Swinging Clothes
You can try this one. Swing clothes or blankets close to your bunny, and if it chases the clothes, that's a great exercise while getting excited to catch the thing you're swinging.
5. Hidden Treats
Make snack time more fun with your bunny. Use small cups where you can hide a treat and let your bunny push and smell those cups, then give the treat.
6. Cardboard Boxes/ Toilet Paper Rolls
Don't forget these kinds of toys. Aside from being cheap, we can say that they are rabbits' favorite chew toys. When you're unsure about buying other rabbit toys, you can do many things with cardboard boxes alone.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Final Thoughts on Playing With Your Rabbit
We hope these ideas will help you have fun and play with your rabbit. Rabbits can be great pets if you know how to take care of them properly, and they require a lot of your attention and care!