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User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
Colorado
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7/11/2007 3:40 PM

O.K. so I went through a lot of trouble making bunny doors & windows in a big cardboard box and stuffing hay in holes I made (What a mess!) and my two want nothing to do with it.  They have given it the proverbial "butt." Any ideas to spur their interest?




User is Offline BB
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7/11/2007 9:00 PM

hmmm.  Maybe they just don't care about boxes.  What about tubes?  You can get cardboard tubes (meant for pouring cement) at home depot type of stores. 




User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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7/12/2007 2:39 PM

Hmm, have one of those and Bosai is the only one who likes it.  He loves to destroy things too which totally has me puzzled with the cardboard box! Oh well, back to the regular wicker laundry basket.  Here I was just trying to give them something new & exiting too! Poop!




User is Offline Vinnie D.
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8/04/2007 9:06 PM

Don't know about you but Nel seems to love a cardboard box with a door cut in it.  Anything that can be hidden in is endless entertainment for her.   




User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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8/05/2007 6:06 AM

Awe you have a bunny that is very sweet and not so picky like mine are, it sounds.  My two, I just don't know about them, I give them a paper bag and they are totally entralled so you would think that a cardboard box would be even better, but alas no. Another thing they like is an inverted natural wicker laundry basket with a hole cut larger where the handle is so their heinees can fit through.  Although when they get to chewing on it (my destructo-buns) the splinters from it really hurt if you happen to catch one on the bottom of your foot or even when scooping up the pieces.  I've resorted to one of the non-electric floor sweepers for that though and it works great!




User is Offline maghy7
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8/06/2007 7:53 AM

Have you tried putting hay or treats inside? at least they will go inside and explore, I noticed it takes a bunny a few times before he is confortable with new toys.




User is Offline Spacehopper
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8/13/2007 7:44 AM
I knuckled down & spent the other evening making a new cardboard heaven for the terrible two. It has steps, and tunnels and string to chew through. Are they interested? Are they buggery. Instead they walk straight past without so much as a sniff and with teeth-a gnashing...head straight for the laptop charger wire! I wouldn't mind so much were it not for the fact i "recycled" some unwanted pc cables from work for them to chew to their little hearts content, and they have totally ignored them.


Never regret anything that once made you smile! :-)

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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8/13/2007 2:45 PM
Sorry I didn't see your post sooner Maghy7! Hmm, I tried the treat inside and they looked at me like I was stark raving mad and want table-side service from me. Wow my two are spoiled...I think maybe I'll try getting those two to go at one of the willow cubes or grass ball that I see in the BB store and put that inside to see. I'm beginning to wonder if it has to do with the size of my bunnies too. They're big and so the only thing that really seems to get them going is the natural wicker laundry basket turned upside down with a larger hole cut where the hand hold is.

Spacehopper - My two gladly go for the vacuum cleaner cord anyday over the cardboard box the nerve!



User is Offline DAWN
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8/13/2007 8:23 PM

Oohh Sprinkles loved the box idea ... she would chin it to death!  LOL.  Lily would stand on the top of the box and rip it to shreds but was not keen on venturing inside.

I will have to set the box up for Luey ... might keep him away from my DVD covers as he loves to chew and throw those around and eat my mags.

Dawn xx




User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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8/14/2007 3:42 PM
Luey the conquerer! I can see it now, you'll have to let me know how it goes!



User is Offline Spacehopper
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8/16/2007 9:43 PM
WHOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!! Today I am VERY tired after a disturbed night but I can't complain. I'm now the proud mama of 2 BOX LOVING BUNS! I moved the cleverly crafted mishmash of boxes with box steps, box tunnels, "carved" gothic style doorways, string curtains etc into the bedroom last night. For some odd reason Bettie wasn't too happy at my bedtime and spent AGES thumping over and over again, I finally managed to drift off to sleep amidst the thumping and the boyfriend's huffings & puffings, and remaking the bed with me in it, only to be awoken by the constant honking of the buns as they chased each other around the bedroom, leaping into their cage, leaping out again, and finally settling into a good old chomping of the cardboard creation.
This morning it appeared Brian had thoroughly worn himself out as he was stretched out asleep by the cushions they use to get on the bed (I've never seen him sleeping anywhere but in his cage or under the bed), and Bettie's face suddenly appeared from behind the string curtain, where she continued to chomp on the cardboard. Then she disappeared, dashed through the tunnel bit, and out of the doorway, leapt over Brian, lay her head up on the cushion and had a head and ear rub, then darted back into the door, through the tunnel and carried on chewing at one of the box windows. Their antics amuse me no end. (the boyfriend, however, was not impressed) ;-)


Never regret anything that once made you smile! :-)

User is Offline Vinnie D.
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8/16/2007 10:41 PM

Nel enjoying her cardboard box.  She's intent on digging a second entrance.  Which is good because now she has something to dig besides the carpet.


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User is Offline BB
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8/20/2007 10:36 PM
Awe!!!! Nel is adorable. Boxes can be excellent home destruction deterrents!



User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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8/22/2007 3:26 PM
Nel is so cute Vinnie!

Spacehopper, I would love to see a pic of their "gothic" box!



User is Offline dmh426
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8/24/2007 1:58 PM
I got Sophie the big castle with ramps and everything and she wanted nothing to do with it for about a week. Literally. Wouldn't even look at it. I i just left it ina corner of the living room and sure enough, LOVES it! Now, it's her fave thing. Sometimes they are a little leary of what they don't know and just have to get used to it before jumping in head first. Keep it in sight for a few days and see what happens. It also helps if you put some treats or seagrass in there.



User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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8/25/2007 7:17 AM
Thank you! I'll try that the next time I have a big enough box.



User is Offline Spacehopper
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8/25/2007 8:21 AM
Scarlet Rose, I'll get a pic of what VERY little is left of it. One suggestion for you - it was definitely the "attraction" for my two to get straight on inside once the boyfriend was far too tired, one evening (that's his excuse!!) to put the clean bedding I'd washed and folded and left on the bed ready to pop away later away himself before getting into bed.... he dumped it all on top of their new cardboard play area. Perhaps it was more appealling being pitch black inside and far too tempting an opportunity to miss being CLEAN bedding and their love to stake their claim on new territory??????! :-)


Never regret anything that once made you smile! :-)

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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8/28/2007 2:15 PM
Aha! I may have to try that! Thanks!



User is Offline Spacehopper
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9/10/2007 12:04 AM
Well it seems now that Brian & Bettie are absolutely 100% into their boxes. The main problem being they only seem to love their playhouse when someone goes into the bedroom! The place is silent, so off i go into the bedroom, no sooner have i sat on the bed...CHOMP CHOMP, SCUFFLE SCUFFLE CHOMP!!! It's like a trigger for them, as you can imagine it has been VERY hard to have a decent night's sleep, and being off work sick last week..... well, i dozed on the sofa, but NEEDED my bed... so off i go, get into bed, they both leap from under the bed, across the floor and in through the door to make as much noise as they can...EVERY TIME!!! The boyfriend was so fed up one night he covered the thing up with cushions, they did nothing more than chew through a window to gain entry.

they've got it "just so" as well, i've tried to straighten the thing up, but they are almost fighting me to put it back as they want it. :-) I had a nose in through the remaining WHOLE window last night, and they've certainly made it a home from home. They've dragged most of the old duvet cover that was once over the top of the boxes in through the front door and another corner in through a hole at the back and it's all laid out in a snuggley floor, there is also a plastic carrier bag that they're used to line one side of the main box (either a draught excluder or they realise this makes lots of extra noise. They absolutely love it, thank god...and it's very cute seeing one of their faces peering out at you through the window/new doorway, or looking in through the front entry bit and all you can see is a tine white dot amongst the darkness....then it twitches, and you realise it's the Bum, sat there most content as Miss Bettie creates havoc, (and more holes) in the "room next door".

Next on the list is getting the boyriend's grandad to create similar to ...... http://www.bunnybasics.net/new-room...-1163.html my god how my heart fluttered as once it did when confronted a Booda Dome!!!!


Never regret anything that once made you smile! :-)

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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9/10/2007 12:19 PM
Its so cute that Bettie and Brian are making their first "home" together (now, did Bettie ask your permission to move in with her boyfriend?) My bunnies are also quite the remodelers when it comes to cardboard (except Kramer, he doesn't get the whole remodel thing, he just EATS the cardboard to Juli's dismay). I once had a bunny cardboard house for this HUGE californian girl, and she was soooo big that when she laid down on the second floor her head stuck out the window,and her back feet stuck out the side entrance on the second floor. She even chewed a hole in the winder so her whole dewlap could fit through! I heard that as soon as she arrived at her forever home, in two days, she declared herself a free range bunny by leaping OVER her 3 ft. high ex-pen, and refusing to return. She was tired of homes that were to small for her and now sleeps on her owners bed, and spends the day in the wicker chaise lounge!

I find the best technique to get a bunny interested in an item, is to develop an urgent need for the item yourself, then they can destruct it in 10 seconds flat.


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