Rabbits naturally live underground, so they will also be busy digging and exploring suitable burrow options. Wild rabbits will always choose to be close to at least two to three boltholes they can escape to if they feel threatened.
When creating your rabbits’ environment, try to choose items that will encourage and support this natural behaviour. This will keep them active and mentally stimulate them so they remain healthy and happy.
Keep your rabbits happy and occupied
A suitable, neutered rabbit companion is very important. A lone rabbit, or one with an unsuitable companion, will often remain very nervous and reluctant to come out and explore. In some cases, a single rabbit may become aggressive towards you.
Rabbits feel safe when they have plenty of areas to run into or hide. Provide your rabbits with several shelters – plastic tables and chairs, card boxes, card or plastic tunnels and even plastic cat carriers lined with newspaper and hay. Fruit tree or willow logs make great look out towers. Rabbits love to jump on them and survey their territory.
Rabbits love litter trays
- Dig trays are a rabbit’s favourite thing. Fill large cat litter trays or large tray bases from indoor cages with play sand or organic soil – your rabbits will dig to their hearts’ content
- Cat litter trays lined with newspaper and filled with hay are really important – have at least three of these in corners for them to use as a toilet. Rabbits like to nibble on hay whilst using their toilet, so clean them daily so they don’t eat dirty hay
- For rabbits living indoors or on concrete, fill plant pots and large litter trays with safe plants and growing grass. Place these in their enclosure for them to nibble at their leisure