Imagine spending your entire life in a small room with just food, a bed and a bathroom. Imagine not having any toys or playtime with your favorite friend. Your life would be boring, to the point that you just might start tearing apart your room for entertainment. Now imagine how Bunny, a single pet rabbit, feels stuck in a cage or pen without access to toys or playtime with friends.
Destructive behavior is one reason why rabbits are taken to shelters and rescues or abandoned by their families. What many people don’t realize is that a bored rabbit is a destructive rabbit. Bored rabbits eat furniture, chew on baseboards, put holes in their human’s favorite pair of jeans and eat important papers, such as homework and tax documents.
Without toys, what can a rabbit do with its time in the house aside from eat, poop and get into trouble? A rabbit needs entertainment as much as anyone, whether it is quiet playtime alone with rabbit-friendly toys, its rabbit friend or playtime with its human companions. This playtime helps make a rabbit happy and live a more fulfilling life, without endangering the house or someone’s personal belongings.
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