How to replicate a digging burrow for your rabbit
If you’re fed up of your rabbit chewing and digging at your carpet, a digging box is an perfect solution to keeping your bunny not only entertained but extremely happy!
Making a digging box is extremely cheap and can last for months depending on how well toilet trained your bun is and how destructive they are!
If you’re looking for a way of providing enrichment for your rabbit as well as reducing vetinary trips to trim their nails, a digging box will solve your issues.
What you need
Making a digging box for rabbits can be not only super cheap but also a lot of fun, here are all the materials you need:
- A cardboard box
- Toilet Roll tubes
- Hay-based treats
- Shredded Paper
Shredded paper is the core part of your rabbits digging box, I really do suggest making the pieces really short so they don’t wrap around your rabbits neck or cause them any form of stress. Shredded paper no longer than 10cm should be perfectly fine.
We like to sprinkle a few pellets into the mixture to get our bunny to really dig about, alternatively you can mix in some homemade hay based treats that should really get them excited!
How to make the digging box
It’s really simple! Grab a cardboard box that’s big enough for your rabbit to manoeuvre throw in a layer of your treats, pellets and straw. After this, add your shredded paper and get your hands in there throwing everything about.
Next up, add your other goodies (Pinecones and toilet tube treats), don’t overcrowd it though as your rabbit will want space to move.
Making a toilet tube treat is super easy, you simply grab a toilet roll tube you’re done with, fold in the ends on one side. Fill the other side with pellets and hay and close the other side.
Can I use soil in my digging box?
We typically recommend against doing this for a variety of reasons, one of the main reasons is simply due to mess. Sand and soil is extremely difficult to manage when you’re using a cardboard box and add a rabbit into the mix!
Along side this, if your rabbit consumes sand it can really mess up their stomach and cause dangerous digestive issues as well as possible respiratory issues. A much safer option is to simply let them dig in the box with paper and hay.
I’ve you’re insistant on having soil at the bottom, check out the Rosewood Nibble N Dig Meadow to put at the bottom of your cardboard box, it’s a great little toy for your rabbit but is very messy!
What should I put in my rabbit digging box?
Your digging box can be filled with cardboard, strips of paper, toys, treats, pellets, hay and pretty much anything that your rabbit finds enriching!
Cardboard – Rabbits generally LOVE cardboard, it’s a perfect nibble toy and is generally coinsidered safe for most rabbits when not consumed as a majority of their diet. If you’ve opened toys for your rabbit and seen that they go straight for the packaging, you know they’re an absolute cardboard fiend. Throw in your toilet tubes filled with goodies and let your rabbit munch away at the digging box!
Plain Paper – Assuming you have left over plain paper or plain kraft paper, that should be perfect for your rabbit! Anything which doesn’t use traditional ink. Most newspapers now use vegetable dye for their ink, but you should still be extremely careful before giving anything to your rabbit. In some cases, you can use paper to cover the digging box to allow your rabbit to hide away in it!
Old shirts or clothing – If your rabbit likes being around you and often follows you, you may find an old shirt that smells like you is the perfect thing for your rabbit to dig. If you have a rabbit that is particularly fond of grooming you, you may find them suckling on your clothing as well!
How to stop rabbits peeing in their digging box
Typically, if your rabbit has been neutered/spayed this shouldn’t be a problem. However, accidents do happen and bad habits do occur so if you do find your rabbit repeatedly peeing in their digging box it’s worth checking the following
- Does your dig box have hay in it? If so, is that causing them to think it’s a litter box
- Have you put litter pellets in the bottom of your digging box? If so, remove them
- Is the dig box in the same location a toilet is/was?
If this isn’t solving the issue, you may find that having them dig in the litter box is the only way to proceed. This may result in your rabbit kicking up litter out of the toilet, so you’ll want a high walled litter box (Usually one for cats).