Are they necessary?
Wild rabbits forage for food the whole day making them stimulate their brain besides providing the right nutrition. On the other hand, those living in captivity are supplied with food daily in their food bowls, feeders or hay racks.
The good thing is bunnies are intelligent and very smart and giving logic toys as they will help sharpen their mind and provide them with a challenge that will keep them busy. Also, they will help them interact with their environment, learn and grow.
To prove these furry critters are intelligent, they can be trained to use litter boxes, and a few new skills if encouraged by humans.
In not kept busy and entertained, they will be bored, suffer from depression and become more destructive. Do not forget that mental stimulation is essential to their overall happiness and health.
What are logic or puzzle toys
These are interactive rabbit toys designed to make your pet solve a mystery or problem to be rewarded mainly by their favorite edible treats. Solving the puzzles will involve things such as opening lids, sliders, pulling or pushing or removing barriers to be able to access the treat.
See the video below to see how a bunny is trying to solve a brain train cube toy.
Training your rabbits to use them
The best training time is when your rabbit is hungry such as before feeding it or giving it a snack using its favorite treat.
Find a place without distractions, let it sniff the treat, them place it in the logic toy while it is watching and show it how to access it severally. You can allow it to munch the treat once or twice before letting it try to access it.
Be patient and praise it if it succeeds or not. Some bunnies will understand the logic game quickly while others will take time. If they get bored, leave them alone and try another time.
Best logic toys for bunnies and puzzle feeders
Besides modifying some at home, there are several brands you can get by in the market. Some of the most popular and highly rated ones include the following.
Living World Teach N Treat Toy
It is a very interactive toy that rewards your furry friend with treats which he or she must find out where they are hidden.
Besides breaking boredom, it will help grown and educate your rabbit to ensure it learns optimally making it alert and healthy. It will improve listening, observation, and learning skills as well as bonding well with you.
From over 417 reviews, it has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 at amazon.com making it a good choice you should consider.;
Trixie Snack Board Toy for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Other Small Pets
It consists of a rubber base with seven holes in which you can hide its favorite treats and cover it with its light plastic lids. While trying to find the treat, your bunny’s mind will be stimulated, and the Trixie Snack Board will also help fight boredom while providing more nutrition.
Bunnies of all sizes, ages, and breeds can make use of the Trixie Snack Board. Also, it will give you a chance to provide various foods both commercial pelleted foods or dried rabbit friendly fruits.
It is simple to use, but some bunnies will figure it out and no longer be a challenge. However, it will still be a good enrichment. It has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 on amazon.com from over 290 reviews.
BUNNY BLAST Yucca Chew Toy
This is a chew toy that can be used to inspire both the physical effort of rolling and tossing it and engage your bunny’s mind to be able to access its favorite treats. You will put their favorite treat on the holes that BUNNY BLAST Yucca has, and for your bunny to access it, your rabbit must roll it.
Niteangel Treat Ball, Snack Ball
This snack has an adjustable opening where you can put some meals inside and let your furry friend roll it to get the snacks out. It encourages more play, reduces boredom, keeps your rabbit entertained while promoting mental and physical activities. Your bunny is going to love it so much!
Kaytee Toss and Learn Carrot Game
Kaytee Toss and Learn Carrot Game is another good mental stimulating toy where you hide a favorite treat beneath the chewable carrot cover, and your rabbit must remove it to able to access the treat. It can also double as a chew toy.
Rosewood Boredom Breaker Loofa Toss N Treat Roller
It is all chewable with holes where you can put treats randomly. To get the treats, your rabbits must roll it.
Push and Lift Rabbit Foraging Toy
It has two foraging cubes and it “requires your bun to push the cubes to either end and lift it out to access their treats” notes Rabbittoysaustralia.com.au.
Homemade DIY rabbit treats toys and Ideas
Besides buying the above brands, you can opt for homemade ones such as hiding a treat inside something such as a hay ball or placing a favorite treat in Peters Woven Grass Play Ball and letting your bunny struggle to get it.
Also, using boxes with lids for your rabbits to open, making treat balls from toilet paper rolls will work well as a logic game.
My House Rabbit will give you more ideas on how to go about the DIY puzzle toys.