DIY Puzzle Toy for Rabbits

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This is a puzzle toy that I just recently figured out how to create for my little bunny after seeing some toys in a pet store. The idea is to create a platform with 9 pieces the rabbit can lift up. There will be a treat under one of the pieces and the rabbit has to figure out which one covers the treat.

Tools needed:

  • An empty tissue box
  • 3 toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors or a razor
  • Treats 
  • Optional: a ruler and a pen

Step by step:

  1. Cut the top off of the tissue box, leaving a 1-2 inch wall along the bottom. It can be helpful to measure out and mark a line at 1-2 inches with a ruler and pen. Then you can easily cut along the line you made. I find it easier to get an even line with a ruler, but you can also use scissors since tissue boxes are thin cardboard.
  2. Cut all of the toilet paper tubes in half. After you’ve cut them, you can discard on of the halves. You only need 6 toilet paper roll halves to complete this toy.
  3. Fold down one end of each toilet paper roll, making a concave arced shape. This will give your rabbit a handle to hold each of the cardboard pieces, and it will keep the treat from falling out the end of the cardboard tube.
  4. Arrange nine of the halved cardboard tubes inside the cut tissue box. The nine cardboard tubes should fit neatly inside the tissue box. you want to place them with the open side down.
  5. Hide a treat under one of the tubes. For this toy, I don’t recommend using pellets since they are too small to stay in place. But if you’re looking for a healthy option, you can hide pieces of leafy greens for your rabbit to find.
DIY rabbit puzzle platform
1) Cut off the top of the tissue box; 2) Cut the cardboard tubes in half; 3) Fold down one end of each of the halved tubes; 4) Arrange the tubes in the tissue box; 5) Hide a treat under one of the cardboard tubes.

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Amy Pratt

Amy Pratt is a lifelong rabbit owner who has been specializing with rabbits at the Humane Rescue Alliance. She helps to socialize the rabbits and educate volunteers on the care and behavior of these small mammals.

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