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Pet Hacks- DIY Rabbit Toys

Pet Hacks is a new feature on afFURmation. It will share do-it-yourself projects pet owners have made to make their pet’s life easier, happier or just more fun! Remember every pet is different so what may work for one pet might not work for another.

 

Ms. Glee the diva bunny is a little picky when it comes to toys, but I guess that is a diva bunny’s prerogative. Her favorite toys involve treats so I was thrilled when I came across this easy to make toys on The Rabbit House Blog.

Picture used with permission of The Rabbit House

Tam promotes rabbit care and rabbit rescues in the UK on The Rabbit House and she has a lot of great ideas for toys, treats and other things rabbit. I asked her some questions about the cardboard roll toys she made.

Why did you decide to make the cardboard roll toys?

Rabbit’s are inquisitive and intelligent animals and they easily get bored if they have nothing to do. Trying to keep Scamp occupied is a constant challenge and I wanted to experiment with some new, easy to make toys to keep him busy – he tends to make his own fun otherwise which usually involves chewing something he shouldn’t!

 

Picture used with permission of The Rabbit House

What was Scamp’s reaction when he got the cardboard roll toys for the first time?

Scamp’s a very confident rabbit so when he saw something new he went straight up and gave it a sniff. It only took him a few seconds to detect something tasty, and then he tossed them around a bit before going in with his teeth and paws shredding cardboard to find the treats.

 

Do you have any tips for someone who is planning to make the toys?

I’d suggest starting by making it very easy for your rabbit to get the treat – even if that means just a cardboard tube on the floor with a treat inside or having the treat poking out through the ball. Once your rabbit learns there is a treat involved, you can make the toy more and more complicated, so your rabbit has to puzzle it out and spend more time playing and chewing to get the food.

Picture used with permission of The Rabbit House

I’d also recommend using a portion of your rabbit’s normal meals rather than lots of extra treats, that way your rabbit can enjoy lots of toys without having to worry about his/her figure.

Visit The Rabbit House for the directions to make each of these toys along with other toy tutorials.

Tam shares her life with Scamp a rabbit she adopted from a rescue.

 

 

 

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Pet Hacks- Pet Food Canister

Pet Hacks is a new feature on afFURmation. It will share do-it-yourself projects pet owners have made to make their pet’s life easier, happier or just more fun! Remember every pet is different so what may work for one pet might not work for another.

If your house is anything like mine, you have a couple of those large popcorn tins hanging around. I never know what to do with them. they usually have Christmas designs on them so aren’t something I really want to keep out year round. What to do with them, what to do…

Cheryl from TidyMom came up with the great idea of revamping the tin to make a very stylish pet food canister for her dog Cullen’s  food.

 

Photo used with permission of TidyMom

If you’ve been looking for something to do with those extra tins that are hanging around (No tins?! Check out your local thrift store. I usually see a couple at the ones near me.), check out the post on TidyMom to see how Cheryl transformed her tins.

 

 

 

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Pet Hack- Chair Repurposed to Dog Bed

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Used with permission of My Repurposed Life

I love looking at pet furniture trying to figure out what I like and what would look good in my house. Unfortunately, it tends to be out of my price range so the pet furniture here is pretty minimal. So I love when I find something like this Dog Bed made from a chair.

Gail from My Repurposed Life loves to turn trash into treasure and made this for her Grand-dog Louie to enjoy.  She was kind enough to answer a few questions about it.

 

Why did you decide to make your project?
I was inspired by a project I saw a friend make.  I love picking up chairs for free, or at most $5.00. (I have a $5.00 thrifting limit for projects) 
What was Louie’s first impression of his new place?
Louie’s first impression was “who ya kidding”?   However he warmed up to it in no time, because his mama (my daughter Jamie) didn’t allow him to sleep in her bed. 
 
What tips do you have for someone thinking about doing the same thing?
I would recommend looking for free or castoff chairs.  Many broken chairs are thrown out.  Therefore there would be no reason to destroy a good chair for this project.  I would look for a chair with pretty details on the back.  Keep in mind that this project also works really fabulous as a doll bed for your little one.

 

Visit Gail’s blog  – My Repurposed Life to learn how to put your own dog bed together (she also has a great FAQ page answering some DIY questions).You can bet I’m going to be taking a closer look at the chairs next time I head to the thrift store.

 

My Repurposed Life
Gail is a do-it-yourselfer who likes to transform items that are heading to the trash into usable items. Along with her Grand-dog Louie and her daughter Jamie, she shares her life with 2 cats, Kitty and Matt and some fish.

 

 

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Pet Hacks- From Console to Dog House

Pet Hacks is a new feature on afFURmation. It will show do-it-yourself projects pet owners have made to make their pet’s life easier, happier or just more fun! Remember every pet is different so what may work for one pet might not work for another.

 

Igor is the lucky dog whose mom. Sara from Endorsed By Igor, made him this cool dog house out of a console TV.

 

Used with permission of Endorsed By Igor

Why did you decide to make your project?

I wanted a set living space for our dog, Igor.  Up until the house was made, he would call home to an old comforter that would end up in various places in the living room and bedroom.  Plus, he’s a good little guy and I had tried (unsuccessfully) to make him dog clothes – so I figured this was a project that I couldn’t screw up too much. 🙂
 
What was Igor’s first impression of his new place?
He loved it, but he’s a pretty happy pooch (unless he’s around strangers… ugh).  When we tell him to go “home” he jumps right in.  
 
What tips do you have for someone thinking about doing the same thing?
Going into this I had seen others do something similar without all the steps, and that frustrated me.  I’m a step-by-step gal. lol.  
 
So #1, I didn’t know what I was getting into.  One blog showed a picture before and a picture after, and that was it.  Another one stated that she had family members gut the TV.  None were realistic to my situation.  I wanted to do the project therefore I had to gut it myself. lol.
 
#2, Of the sites I found, none of them stated the precautions when dealing with a TV tube.  Thankfully, I had my husband that said that I should be careful… it probably wasn’t the smartest or more environmental – but we ditched the TV tube in one of the dumpsters provided by our apartment complex.  Even though nothing happened with our tube, I’m still kinda scared of the thought… I’ve contemplated searching YouTube videos to see what would happen if the tube would crack/break… but even that makes me nervous. ;P    
 
Sara: I’m a life-long redhead and novice crafter, trying to express my creativity while living in a stale white apartment.  Stop on by and say “hey!”  Email me at endorsedbyigor(at)gmail(dot)com

 

Sara’s blog is Endorsed By Igor and you can find a great tutorial for Igor’s dog cave by clicking here.

 

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