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2008-26

Dear Reba Rabbit

We just adopted a rabbit. Should we buy her toys? If so, what kinds are best?

Reba Responds

Yes, toys are important to us rabbits, because they help keep us active, both mentally and physically. Without mental stimulation, some of us can become destructive.

And you know what happens without exercise. It’s important for us rabbits to hop on, climb over and crawl under things.

I particularly like paper bags, empty oatmeal containers and cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes. Large boxes should have at least two entrances.

If your rabbit is like me, she’ll enjoy hopping on the short, sturdy boxes, hiding inside the paper bags and large boxes –- and scratching and chewing all these containers.

You easily can make another of my favorite toys by filling an untreated wicker basket with shredded paper, straw, junk mail, magazines or even an old telephone book. It’s fun to chew, shred and dig in these materials.

We rabbits like cat toys we can roll and toss as well as bird mobiles we can hit and chew. I also enjoy baby toys, such as hard plastic rattles and keys.

Add a straw whisk broom and a hand towel for bunching – and your new rabbit will think she’s in heaven.

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