9 Boredom Busters for Under £5
Updated: Apr 6
Small pets quite often love to throw things around. Some of them, especially rabbits, will even attack things if you roll them towards them, much like a dog would do. There are a lot of small toys available for rabbits, usually made from some form of stick or cane that are perfect for being picked up in a bunny's mouth and thrown around.
And of course, a big part of a bunny's repertoire in particular is chewing. If a rabbit doesn't have good toys to chew on, it will soon start chewing things it shouldn't. Obsessive chewing could also be a sign of neurosis, which could develop if your rabbit is just plain bored with everything. This chewing instinct can also be found in smaller pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs.
Giving your furry friend something to "remodel" with will give its natural burrow building instincts a workout—and hopefully save your furniture. Cardboard boxes make excellent remodelling centers for rabbits. Tape them up, cut a couple of holes in them so the rabbit can run through, and you have a toy that the rabbit can chew to its satisfaction, not to mention run around, hide in and behind, and other fun bunny things. With all of these things in mind, we’ve found 9 toys for less than £5 that you can buy to bust your little pet’s boredom!
1 - The Trixie Natural Living Playing Roll with Bell - £1.29
Trixie Natural Living Playing Roll with Bell is one of the standard toys you’ll find. Small animals, especially rabbits, absolutely love throwing things around the place and reorganising everything in their environments. The toy is built using untreated wood with water-based glue, making it safe to chew on for your little ball of fluff. It’s suitable for guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits. Keep your pet safe from boredom and they’ll even entertain you as they chuck this little roll of sticks around their habitat. It’s 7cm long and 5cm wide, making it a little on the small side for rabbits, but coming in at just £1.29, you could buy several of them!
2: Rosewood Boredom Breaker Small Animal Activity Toy Chill-n-Chew Mat - £2.79
This chew mat is made from hyacinth and rattan, meaning no glue or plastics that could harm your pet. You can use it as a base if you have wire shelves to make a platform for jumping on to, or just put it down in their enclosure and they’ll soon come and check it out! Obviously, the mat is great for chewing which can help keep tooth growth down and keeps them nice and clean.
The mat comes in at round 33cm by 24cm which means it’ll also be a great place to rest as well. Whether your rabbits and small animals choose to sit on their Chill 'n' Chew Mat, eat it or throw it around they are sure to have fun with this truly versatile chewing, sleeping and playing mat!
3: Pet Chew Snacks for Teeth with Grass Cake - £4.10
If you suddenly find your small pet chewing on their cage bars, then this will be a welcome distraction! These chew sticks will help keep your pet occupied, give them something to nudge around and play with and will bust their boredom! Chew toys in particular are beneficial as they help keep your pets bite healthy and will gently combat their ever growing teeth.
The chew sticks are made from a combination of apple tree sticks and grass cakes. Chewing wood like this is natural behaviour for your little pet and will be instinctual for them, so all you have to do is either hang it at the top of the cage, or simply toss it into the cage to let your pet decorate how they want - they’ll do the rest! As well as being a great chew toy, they also provide roughage which is good for digestion and may aid in relieving intestinal inflammations and mild pain.
The sticks are around 10cm long and the grass cakes are around 1.5cm thick. You can either add them to the enclosure separately, or hang them all up from the top of the cage for your little buddy to nudge around!
4: Large Willow Ball £2.69 Add a naturally fun flavor to playtime! This all natural willow branch chew toy is perfect for tooth trimming and playtime for small pets. This chew toy encourages healthy activity while also alleviating boredom. With this willow branch ball you can cut down on boredom while also satisfying your pet’s natural instinct to chew. It encourages happy, healthy play time and best of all, the environmentally construction is also great for tooth trimming!
5:Rosewood Boredom Breaker Carrot Toy 'n' Treat Holder for Small Animals - £2.99 Perfect for giving little treats to your little friends, the Carrot Toy ‘n’ Treat Holder is perfect for your smaller pets, such as guinea pigs and hamsters - it may be on the small side for your rabbit, but if you’ve got one of the smaller breeds it should be fine!
The carrots are removable and made from soft wood that they can gnaw on to help their teeth and keep them entertained. The holder just bolts on to the wire cage with wingnuts, as you can see in the image. It’s 12cm by 12cm so shouldn’t take up a whole lot of hopping space in the cage either! Coming in at £2.99 at the time of writing this, that’s an absolute steal!
6: Rosewood Boredom Breaker Fun-N-Forage Coconut Fibre Stacker Activity Chew Toy For Small Animals - £3.99
The Coconut Fibre Stacker is made from natural materials like coffee wood and, obviously, coconut fibre. It’s built so that you can place straw and hay between the layers and your little animal can forage them. It’s ideal for pretty much every small pet, including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats as well as mice! It comes with a metal clip so that you can hang it from the top of the cage and let your little friend adventure around it to find their treats and do some nibbling.
7: BINGHONG3 4Pcs Small Animal Natural Activity Chew Toys Rabbits Bird Parrot Play Rattan Balls - £4.39
These little rattan balls measure around 5cm each, and you get four of them in the pack! They’re made entirely from natural materials from things similar to what your little friend would find in the wild, they’re even hand woven. With the rattan balls, whether you have a rabbit, a hamster, a mouse or guinea pig, they can either chew on them and help their teeth, or they can throw them around to bust their boredom or even simply nudge them around the cage for a while. If you’ve got your pet out of their cage, they can enjoy pushing them around the whole room!
8: Rosewood Maze-a-Log Treat Challenge for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs £4.49
Coming in at £4.49 this 30cm by 30cm log maze is built up out of layers of corrugated card, making it safe for nibbling! Simply hide some treats or even pellets in and around the logs and your cute and cuddly little playmate will get straight to work exploring!
A unique boredom breaker for rabbits and other small pets. Fill the holes in the logs and the gaps with different treats, vegetables and even pellets. Made from edible corrugated board which is designed to be fun to scratch and chew!
9: Rosewood 3D Nibble Stix,
These nibble sticks come in a pack of 5 fun wooden pieces - and what’s better, is they’re also fruit flavoured! Don’t worry, they’re coloured with pet safe dyes and are ideal for throwing around, pushing around and for nibbling! And for £3.49, you can’t go wrong!
That's it for our budget boredom busters! We'll be working with bigger budgets soon and soucting out slightly more expensive toys for you soon. Subscribe to our blog to get posted!