How to Build a Box Fort for Rabbits

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If they are not given enough mental stimulation and physical activity, pet rabbits can become bored and destructive. They need things to play with, chew on, dig in and around and crawl in and out of. You do not need expensive or complex toys to keep your rabbit amused, however. Cardboard items such as tubes, balls and box forts can keep them entertained at little cost to you.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Plain paper (optional)

Get a box that is several inches longer and taller than your rabbit. You can get one that is a lot bigger, but do not choose one that is smaller. Make sure that the rabbit will have room to move and turn around inside. Tape the flaps closed on both the top and bottom. If you are using a shoebox, place the lid on top of the box to close it up and then tape it down on the sides.

Cut two entry holes into the sides of the box. One at each end works well as the rabbit can run in and out again while playing chase or other games. Rabbits can squeeze themselves into small spaces, so you don't need the holes to be very large, but at least wide enough so they can enter easily. The holes can be any shape you want -- round, square or any other shape -- as long as the rabbit can fit through them.

Place a pile of plain paper inside the box. The rabbit can move the paper around, shred it or even pull it back outside the box if he wants.

Replace the box as needed. Rabbits love to chew as well as dig. They will tear up cardboard over time and eventually the fort will start to fall apart. When it comes time to make a new box fort, you can create one exactly the same as the first one or try a new size or shape to give your rabbit something new to play with.

Attach more boxes to the sides or top of the first one to make multi-level and multi-room forts. Connect several boxes together in a row to make a tunnel, or stack two or more on top of each other to make a castle. If you make more levels, be sure to reinforce the bottom box with layers of cardboard or even wood to keep it from caving in when the rabbit is "upstairs."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can put the box fort inside the rabbit's cage or hutch, or place it in a play area. If you include it in his cage, he may sleep in it as well as play in it.
  • Make sure that your rabbit does not chew on the cardboard, as this can be potentially harmful to his health.
  • Use only plain cardboard and paper for your fort. Rabbits love to chew, and they shouldn't chew on colored paper, newspaper or dyed boxes.

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