What types of wood can rabbits chew on?

Rabbits enjoy chewing on most types of wood however only some types are safe for them to eat without causing harm. In this article we tell you which ones you could collect and safely give to your rabbit, how to collect and prepare it and what types should be avoided.
Rabbit eating twigs
What types of wood you can collect for your rabbit that’s safe to eat

Its important to provide your rabbit with a constant supply of fibrous material to chew on and wooden twigs and branches make a cheap and easily replenished sources of roughage you can give them. Chewing off the bark and even eating the soft wood inside helps wear down their teeth, that grow constantly throughout their life. Twigs and branches also provides them with roughage which is good for their digestion. It also helps keeps them amused, out of trouble and away from your wooden furniture. But what types of wood can and can’t they eat?

Wood that rabbits can eat

Rabbits like to chew on on the young shoots and buds of many young trees especially fruit trees, deciduous trees and bushes.

Can eat

  • Apple
  • Birch
  • Blackberry
  • Fir tree
  • Hazel
  • Hawthorn
  • Maple
  • Pear
  • Raspberry
  • Spruce tree
  • Willow

Wood that rabbits should not eat

Rabbits cant eat the wood from every type of tree and a lot of ever green trees and shrubs can make them them sick.

Should not eat

  • Acacia – Avoid
  • Apricot – Avoid
  • Azalea – Avoid
  • Beech – Avoid
  • Box – Avoid
  • Cherry – Avoid
  • Clematis – Avoid
  • Elder – Avoid
  • Holly – Avoid
  • Ivy – Avoid
  • Laburnum – Avoid
  • Mistletoe – Avoid
  • Oak – Avoid
  • Oleander – Avoid
  • Peach – Avoid
  • Periwinkle – Avoid
  • Plum – Avoid
  • Privet – Avoid
  • Rhododendron – Avoid
  • Rosewood – Avoid
  • Yew – Avoid
  • Snowberry – Avoid
  • Spindleberry – Avoid
  • Thorn apple – Avoid
  • Waxplant – Avoid
  • Wisteria – Avoid

What other types of wood is safe for rabbits to eat

It’s best to avoid any types of wood, Willow or Wicker that come from home decoration stores as this will typically be treated with chemical dies, paints and varnishes. They can also be treated with anti fungal chemicals and even fire prevention chemicals. Ply woods or Fibre boards should also be avoided often contain glues and anti fungal chemicals which can cause harm if digested. It’s always best to buy safe products from pet stores if you are not shore.

Good and bad places to find wood

If you are going to get some wood for your rabbit to chew on make sure you pick fresh living wood from the tree or bush in an area a away from any sources of pollution such as a road or built up areas of industry or housing and if it’s from a park then pick an area away from where people walk their dogs.

Preparing the wood

Willow twig toilet roll rabbit toy

Always make sure the wood it thoroughly cleaned and any loose materials such as moss or ivy is removed before you give it to you rabbit. Give the wood a good wash and let it try first. Its best to break the twigs and sticks into smaller pieces. If the twigs are very thin it can be a great idea to push then though a toilet roll tube to make them more interesting.

Rabbits naturally chew twigs and branches

Wild rabbit chewing willow tree

Rabbits naturally chewing the soft bark and even eat the wood of twigs and branches to helps wear down their teeth, that grow constantly throughout their life. Twigs and branches also provides them with roughage which is good for their digestion.

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