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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Ideas on encouraging rabbit to chew
Last Post by ButterBuns at 3/15/2017 6:55 PM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline ButterBuns
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1/11/2017 12:10 AM
Hi! Pretty new to this site. I have a bun named Butter, just had him neutered, and lives in a 5ft by 4 ft enclosed space in a garage that I share with 5 other people. Keep in mind, this is all the space he'll ever get since our living space isnt the greatest. Living in a metropolitan city is ridiculous!

Anyways since his neutering, Butter is only interested in digging and chewing up old t-shirts and occasionally the pear twigs I sometimes snag from the landlord's pear tree. He doesn't seem to be interested in any toys, cardboard or willow branches that I got from an art store. My only fear is that he's potentially ingesting the cotton threads which I know can lead to other hygiene issues.

He is potty trained and goes on top of shredded newspaper.

Any advice on getting my bun to munch/chew on something else besides fabric would be great!

User is Offline bonilla&BUB
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1/11/2017 12:46 PM
I use willow branches that are from our neighbourhood willow tree. Do you have willow trees near you? I use cardboard as well. I have a stuffed animal in their cage and towels that they love digging on. I haven't seem them ingest much of the towel though -

Try a toilet paper roll stuffed with timothy or orchard hay! It works great. That and maybe try a tossable willow ball. If your bun is eating lots of timothy hay, I think his teeth will be fine, if that is what you're worried abou!

User is Offline BunnyFriends
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1/11/2017 4:20 PM
Sometimes I rub a little banana on the toys to make it smell good Works for Licorice, and Winnie loves her toyd with or without it.
Hoppily ever after!

User is Offline ButterBuns
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1/12/2017 4:40 PM

Thank you so much for the suggestions!

 Unfortunately, there aren't any willow trees around my area. He doesn't chew any of the willow toys I got him off of Amazon either. He eats lots of hay though. I have a water and pellet feeder in there too. I'll try the stuffed toilet rolls and see where it goes.


User is Offline Stormybun
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1/12/2017 4:59 PM
I tried this for my rabbit, and it seemed to work. Boil some water on the stove top, once it gets bubbly and hot, pour the water into a large glass bowl and put a few pieces of fruit in the water. Let them set for a minute and use a fork to smash them up (berries are the easiest). Put chew stick in the water and let it set till the water is room temperature. The stick should have a fruit-like flavor, tempting Butter to chew it.

User is Offline ButterBuns
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3/03/2017 10:15 PM
That sounds like an awesome idea! Thanks a bunchies!

User is Offline Yoyo
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3/04/2017 1:25 AM
Posted By Stormybun on 1/12/2017 7:59 PM
I tried this for my rabbit, and it seemed to work. Boil some water on the stove top, once it gets bubbly and hot, pour the water into a large glass bowl and put a few pieces of fruit in the water. Let them set for a minute and use a fork to smash them up (berries are the easiest). Put chew stick in the water and let it set till the water is room temperature. The stick should have a fruit-like flavor, tempting Butter to chew it.

What a great idea, Stormy! I love it. I am going to give that a try, just to see how my bun reacts lol



User is Offline sarahthegemini
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3/04/2017 3:10 AM
Posted By Stormybun on 1/12/2017 7:59 PM
I tried this for my rabbit, and it seemed to work. Boil some water on the stove top, once it gets bubbly and hot, pour the water into a large glass bowl and put a few pieces of fruit in the water. Let them set for a minute and use a fork to smash them up (berries are the easiest). Put chew stick in the water and let it set till the water is room temperature. The stick should have a fruit-like flavor, tempting Butter to chew it.

That is genius! My buns don't need encouragement to chew but this sounds like a great idea anyway! Thanks for sharing

User is Offline sarahthegemini
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3/04/2017 3:13 AM
Just thinking - could he be bored and/or lonely? Some bunnies go off toys when they're depressed, I know yours is digging at fabrics but I'm wondering if loneliness is possibly contributing to his behaviour. 5ft by 4ft really isn't a lot of space and he's on his own.


Edit: Just spotted another post of yours that says you have two buns so ignore what I wrote ^ ^


User is Offline ButterBuns
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3/15/2017 6:55 PM
I have 2 buns now, but they're separated since I just got one spayed recently.
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