Top 10 best chew toys for rabbits

Making sure you bunny has lot’s of interesting chew toys to play with is important for their health and happiness. It not only keeps them occupied, but chewing fibrous materials is also good for their teeth and tummies. It is also one of the best ways to help stop you bunny from chewing things in your home that you don’t want damaged. There are many sorts of chew toys available so here at BunnyProof HQ we have been trying out some of the most popular toys to find out how much fun they are, what sort of mess they make and how long they last. Continue reading to find out what we think the top 10 chew toys are.
Top 3 Our verdict Overall rating
No.1

Hay or Grassy Mat

Grassy mat rabbit chew toy Rabbits really love these to sit on and chew.
4.5/5
No.2

Willow Bridge

Willow bridge rabbit chew toy Rabbits really love these to sit on and chew.
4/5
No.3

Willow and Grass Balls

Willow grassy ball rabbit chew toy Rabbits really love these to chew and roll about.
4/5

Hay or Grassy Mat 1

4.5/5
Grassy mat rabbit chew toy

Rabbits adore sit on and chew these mats. These mats are also good for covering areas of enclosures as they are relatively cheap and can be simply replaced when needed. Make sure it’s made from 100% natural and edible material material like the so you can safely leave them out when your rabbit is unsupervised. The only draw back with them is they can create a bit of a mess when they start to fall apart, so its best to contain them in some way for instance in a cardboard box. It may not look the most exciting toy however when it comes to what bunnies like, then food you can also sit on seems to be the winner!!

Our verdict

Rabbits really love these to sit on and chew.

Fun

4.5/5

Value for money

3.5/5

Mess

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Willow Bridge2

4/5
Willow bridge rabbit chew toy

This wooden adventure chew toy can be bent into a variety of shape to make hideaways and bridges. They can also be propped up against skirting board or door frames to stop them getting chewed and even wrapped around furniture legs to protect them. They have a soft wooden bark that can be chewed and you rabbit will enjoy picking this out between the logs. Underneath the bark there is some tough wood that makes this toy resilient enough to be left out as a permanently. They come in a variety of sizes but we think for the extra cost a large version similar to this Trixie Willow Bridge 65 40 cmTrixie Flexible Wooden Bridge and Tunnel for Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas is the best choice. We found a good way of setting them out is to bend them in to a semi circle and leave them on their side as out rabbit enjoyed tucking himself inside it for a snooze. We also lay them flat and scatter treats on it so our rabbit could forage for them in the gaps. We would not be without this toy and have ended up buying quite a few to use both as toys and to protect some of the soft wooden corners in out home.

Our verdict

Rabbits really love these to sit on and chew.

Fun

3/5

Value for money

4.5/5

Mess

4/5
Poor
Average
Good

Willow and Grass Balls3

4/5
Willow grassy ball rabbit chew toy

Rabbits love chewing on shape that they can easily get their teeth into or nudge about the room, willow or grassy balls are perfect for this. These toys can come in a variety of other shapes however the more detailed ones can be expensive and don’t offer any additional benefits, so its best to go for good value for money such as a multipack. Make sure you get one from a pet supplier such as the Rosewood Boredom Breaker Trio of Fun BallsPeter's Woven Grass Play Ball and not a home decoration product as they can be treated with varnishes or fire preventions chemicals that can be harmful to your rabbit if digested. Our rabbit loves his willow ball and we also prefer them to the grassy variety as they make less mess. We often have to hide them away after a bit if our rabbit takes a keen interest in them to make them last a bit longer.

Our verdict

Rabbits really love these to chew and roll about.

Fun

4/5

Value for money

3/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Cardboard Castles4

3.5/5
Cardboard castle rabbit chew toy

If you had to choose between all the items here that will keep your bunny out of trouble for the longest, then cardboard castles are perfect. Your rabbit can spend hours customising them and the additional shelter they provide in a room will help you bunny feel more secure and happy. Make sure they are suitable for rabbits and don’t have too much print on them such as the SmartKitz Cardboard Pet Castle, Small, 23 x 23 x32 cmEnvirosmart Smartkitz Cardboard Pet Castle And Bailey (One Size) (Brown). We have had some rabbits that have become attached to their cardboard dens and when they eventually fall apparent have become upset with us, at least until a new one is provided.

Our verdict

Rabbits really love these to sit in and chew.

Fun

4.5/5

Value for money

1.5/5

Mess

0.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Willow & Wicker Tunnels and Hideaways5

3/5
Wicker hideaway rabbit chew toy

Twig tunnels and tubes make a great hideout and your bunny, they will also love chewing on the soft twigs. Full tunnels are more suitable for smaller rabbits as they don’t offer much room inside however you can get half tunnels like the Ware Manufacturing Hand Woven Willow Twig TunnelWare Manufacturing Hand Woven Willow Twig Tunnel Small Pet Hideout if you have a larger bunny. Always be careful not to clutter up a cage or enclosure as these do take up quite a bit of space that would otherwise be used for hopping around in. Our rabbit loved chewing on this as a sources of roughage and we preferred it to a grassy hideaway or tunnel toy as it it made a lot less mess. It didn’t last very long but was definitely more fun for our bunnies when they got older than the cardboard tunnel, which is now largely ignored.

Our verdict

A fun toy for smaller breads to chew and play in.

Fun

3/5

Value for money

1/5

Mess

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Chew Tubes6

2.5/5
Cardboard tube rabbit chew toy

Most rabbit homes have a chew tube in it as they are relatively inexpensive and come in attractive colours and designs. You can leave them out for your rabbit to play in. Some of our rabbits also like to strip the layers of paper off so you should expect some mess. They come in a few sizes depending on how big your bunny is, make sure you choose one that’s big enough for them to hop through. Theses toys can take up quite a lot of space so may not be suitably in a small environment. As our rabbit has a lot of room we prefer the large ones such as the Rosewood giant chew tubeKaytee Large Chewbular Play Tube. We have tried out alternatives such as Alfalfa coated tubes, however they don’t seem to prove any more attractive than the basic cardboard ones and created a lot of mess.

Our verdict

Cheap and simple, cardboard tubes let your bunny burrow in and chew.

Fun

3/5

Value for money

2/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Corn Carrots7

2.5/5
Corn carrot rabbit chew toy

Corn carrots make great toss toys and will get their fair share of chewing as well. We prefer the ones made from corn leaf rather then plastic like the Rosewood Corn carrot Kaytee 3 Count Chew Toy, Carrot Patch Variety They are just as tough and the natural glues and dyes mean you don’t have to worry about them being left out permanently as they will last a long time and are safe. They can also come with a rattle in them or on a larger tree to make them more fun. We found that they don’t hold a bunnies interest for very long so we got a variety of them and swap them over occasionally so they don’t get ignored.

Our verdict

A durable toy to chew and toss about.

Fun

3/5

Value for money

3/5

Mess

2.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Dumb Bells8

2/5
Wooden bumbell rabbit chew toy

Wooden chews are a cheap and fun toy for your rabbit to fling about and chew. They come in a variety of types however the sort our rabbits seem to prefer typically have stick shapes in them so they can be easily held in the mouth like the Trixie Wooden Dumbell , 9cm x 4.5cm Kaytee Nut Knot Nibbler rather then simple wooden blocks that largely get ignored. They are a great alternative to help distract your rabbit from chewing on other fibrous materials you don’t want them to such as wooden furniture, base boards and carpet. It’s best to get a few different sorts, put some aside and swap them over occasionally to stop them being overlooked.

Our verdict

Rabbits love chewing these and tossing them around the room.

Fun

3/5

Value for money

3/5

Mess

3/5
Poor
Average
Good

Hanging Chew Toy9

1/5
hanging treat rabbit chew toy

Hanging chew toys that have either wooden blocks or treat holders that you can put treat, fruit or veg in are a great way of keeping your rabbit amused. It stimulates their natural instinct to reach up and forage for fresh food. The advantage to these being that when attached to something this toy won’t be kicked into the corner of a room and forgotten. We put one of these Rosewood Boredom Breaker Carrot Dream Catcher for Small AnimalsKaytee Perfect Chews for Rabbits which had a bell on the end next to our rabbits food bowl, he quickly learned to ring it when he became disappointed that he had eaten all the food.

Our verdict

A firm favorite especially if they have been reloaded.

Fun

2/5

Value for money

2/5

Mess

2.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Apple Wood or Willow Chew Sticks10

1/5
Rabbit chew willow sticks and apple wood twigs

Rabbits enjoy eating fresh willow sticks, starting by chewing the soft bark and eventually eating the soft wood inside. There are many different types of willow or apple wood treats available that you can buy from pet stores like the Burns Rabbit Food 14 Willow Chew SticksWare Manufacturing Natural Willow Mega Munch Sticks Our rabbit likes the thinner sort as they seem easier to chew up and we found we could make them even more appealing by pushing them through the sides of a toilet roll tube. This helps makes more of a toy out of it and also keeps them together and off the floor.

Our verdict

A natural, simple and effective chew toy.

Fun

2/5

Value for money

2/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

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