Top 10 best digging & shredding toys for rabbits

Rabbits love to dig and shred and its a good idea to provide them with some toys that lets them have fun with this natural behaviour or it likely they will end up damaging your home. If you find your rabbit digging at your carpet or flooring, soft furnishings or wallpaper then its time to find some acceptable alternatives to keep them busy and out of trouble. Below is our top 10 list of toys including many free toys you can make yourself.
Top 3 Our verdict Overall rating
No.1

Hay or Grassy Mat

Rabbit sitting on grassy mat Rabbits really love these to sit on and chew.
4.5/5
No.2

Digging box filled with shreddables

Rabbit playing in digging box theres no way your rabbit will resist playing in in a digging box
4.5/5
No.3

Yellow pages

Rabbit playing phone directory Rabbits love to forage and dig for the best food. Hide some treats in the fold of a phone book to keep them entertained.
3/5

Hay or Grassy Mat 1

4.5/5
Rabbit sitting on grassy mat

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

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Digging box filled with shreddables2

4.5/5
Rabbit playing in digging box

If your rabbit loves to dig and shredding then you one of the best toys you can make is a digging box and the best thing is its free! All you need is cardboard box or basket filled with paper or hay to keep your rabbit occupied. The box or basket is primarily to keep the mess contained to save on tidying up. Avoid glossy paper and paper with heavy print. It’s important to keep an eye on how much paper your rabbit eats which if excessive can be harmful.

Our verdict

theres no way your rabbit will resist playing in in a digging box

Fun

4.5/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

2.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Yellow pages3

3/5
Rabbit playing phone directory

A simple and free toy which offers an excellent safe and acceptable entertainment is to leave an old phone book out for your rabbit to tear up. You can hide a few treats in the pages to get your rabbit interested and they will love ripping the pages out. This can get a bit messy so it’s best to contain it in a box or basket.

Our verdict

Rabbits love to forage and dig for the best food. Hide some treats in the fold of a phone book to keep them entertained.

Fun

2.5/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Broom head4

2.5/5
Broom heads

An old broom head or brush can be a simple, cheap and fun toy for your rabbit to dig and forage about in. Make sure its made from a natural material and it would be wise to get a new one to insure it does not contain any harmful materials. You could start if off by hiding some treats in the bristles.

Our verdict

An broom head or brush can keep your rabbit busy digging and shredding.

Fun

2.5/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

3/5
Poor
Average
Good

Treat cracker5

2.5/5
Rabbit playing with hay roll toy

If you want to make your rabbit a quick treat simply take some hay and wrap them in a sheet of paper then twist the ends up like a giant sweet rapper. Alternatively you can stuff a toilet roll tube with hay and fold the ends in. Your rabbit will love tossing it around and ripping it apart. We like to make our rabbit Christmas crackers with wrapping paper so our rabbit doesn’t get jealous when we are opening our presents at Christmass.

Our verdict

A quick and simple toy that you rabbit will love tearing apart.

Fun

4/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

1/5
Poor
Average
Good

Towel6

2.5/5
Rabbit playing with towel

Rabbits often like to play by arranging and bunching loose material, this can be especially true of girl bunnies or doe’s who may be looking for things to build a nest with. If your rabbit does seem attracted to cloths left out or cushions on the sofa then why not help them exerciser this natural behaviour by leave a few towels out especially from them. Make sure it’s a made of a natural material like wool or cotton and keep an eye on how much your rabbit eats which if excessive can be harmful.

Our verdict

Girl bunnies like to build nests by arranging and bunching towels.

Fun

3/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Paper bag7

2.5/5
Paper bag used as a rabbit toy

Sometimes the simple toys are the best. A paper bag with a few seeds in the bottom of it can keep a rabbit amused just as well as lot of expensive shop bought toys. Your rabbit will enjoy crawling inside which is safe as they can easily tare their way out if they get stuck. Rabbits also love making a noise when they are feeling confident and will enjoy rustling the bag, ripping it up and leaving a satisfying mess. Brown paper bags are the best and avoid bags with heavy print.

Our verdict

Your bunny will love making noise with this especially if there are a few hidden treats inside.

Fun

4/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

0.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Shredding toy8

2.5/5
Home made hanging rabbit toy

If you are feeling creative then its easy to make your own shredding toy that your rabbit would love as much as any toy from a pet store. All you need to do is takes some strips of paper and hang them just above your rabbits head height. You can do this by clipped a wedge of paper onto somewhere convenient, rabbits are quite strong so make sure its got a strong spring to it. This will not only keep your rabbit amused it will also help stop your rabbit shredding things in you home like soft furniture, bed sheets and curtains.

Our verdict

A simple toy to make that will keep you bunny amused

Fun

3/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Cuddly toy9

2.5/5
rabbit with teddy

Some rabbits like to attack the cushions and pillows on sofas and beds, this it natural behaviour for a rabbit but can do some serious damage as they have strong front paws made for digging into hard earth. If your rabbit does do this its best not to try and stop them and instead give them their own toy that you don’t mind getting damaged. They don’t make these for rabbits however they do for dogs so this is the best option as you know they are made from safe materials and can be washed if it gets dirty. Its best to get one without any stuffing like the [xxx] so it does end up everywhere if your bunny chews a hole in it.

Our verdict

Get you rabbit a safe soft toy rather then beeting up the cushions on your sofa

Fun

3/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

1.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

Digging box with sand or soil10

2/5
rabbit sand digging box

If you don’t mind a bit of mess then you can build a digging box filled with sand or even soil. You will need a tough plastic tub and some clean soil or sand that you would use in a children play area like. Its unlikely you will be able to contain the mess so you will need to put it somewhere thats easy to tidy up. If you think its being used as a litter tray then you may want to take it away.

Our verdict

Great fun but can get a bit messy

Fun

4.5/5

Value for money

5/5

Mess

0.5/5
Poor
Average
Good

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