Bunies are always be on the look out for places to shelter, it helps make them happy knowing there are places they can go to feel safe. Providing toys to satisfy this natural behavior is a great way of keeping them content. Tents and hideaway toys can also stop your rabbit playing under and behind furniture which can be unsafe. There are many sorts of shelters available and the choice can be confusing so here at BunnyProof HQ we have been trying out some of the most popular products 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 best tent and hideaways are.
Our top picks
1 Willow bridge
2 Activity tunnel
3 Twig tunnel
1 Willow bridge
This wooden adventure chew toy is made from a series of thick wooden sticks joined together and can be bent into a variety of shape to make hideaways and bridges. They have a soft wooden bark that can be chewed and your bunny 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 permanent shelter. They come in a variety of sizes, but you will probably need a larger one if you want to turn it into a hideaway. We recommend the natural looking willow Bridge with a bark as opposed to the some of the more colourful stained ones.
We have a few of these as we have found a number of uses for them as a toy and to help bunny proof our home. We found a good way of setting them out is to bend them into a semi-circle and leave them on their side as our bunny likes tucking his but inside it for a snooze. We also use them to protect things from being chewed by leaning them up against baseboards and wrapping them around furniture legs or the corners of furniture to protect them.
Great to use for lots of bunny proofing jobs like wrapping around furniture. We would not be without these toys as they are an essential part of the bunny proofing we have.
- Ideal for using to protect baseboards and the corners of furniture
- Can be made into a great hideaway
- This toy is tough and will last a long time
2 Activity tunnel
Cloth tunnels are a nice big toy that can be easily brought out to make an area more fun for your bunny and can always be folded away when not needed. They also make a lot less mess then cardboard or wicker tubes that tend to spread mess about. They can also be helpful to offer an alternative to going under your furniture where you may not want your bunny to play. Always check to see they are an Activity tunnel made for bunnies as there are cat tubes available which may not be suitable.
This is a very simple toy that offers a lot of fun. We were worried out bunny would chew it and expose the metal wire inside be he didn't seem to be interested in this. We did however replace this in the end with a tunnel warren system with three interconnecting tubes as this helped stopped it rolling around when out bunny crashed through it.
Good for encouraging your bunny to play with rather than under you bed or couch by giving your bunny something suitable to explore. They can also be neatly packed away when not needed.
- It packs away very tidily when not in use
- I can be wiped down if any mess gets on it
- It will encourage your bunny to explorer in a room more
3 Twig tunnel
These attractive hideaways are not only great fun for your bunny to play in, the soft twigs are also good for chewing so this toy is guaranteed to be a favorite. They come in a variety or materials such as wicker and willow and you can get a full tube or a half tube shape which is better as it will not roll around as much. Make sure you buy a Twig tunnel for bunnies, not a home decoration which often come treated with varnish or flame resistant chemicals.
This toy was a bit of a special treat as it's quite expensive. Our bunny really loved it, so much so we had to put it away and bring it out when we could supervise him around it as he would have tried to eat in in one go. It did make quite a bit of mess when it finally fell apart so was a bit of a waste at the end.
A fun toy for your bunny to play in and chew. They can be expensive and if you bunny really like chewing it, don't expect it to last very long.
- If you bunny really like it they can demolish one of these in no time
- They can get messy when they start to fall apart
4 Chew tunnel
Most bunnies homes have had a Chew tunnel at one point or another as they are relatively inexpensive and come in attractive colors and designs. You can leave them out for your bunny to play in and they will soon discover they can strip the layers of paper off and customizing it to their own needs. They come in a variety of sizes so make sure you choose one that's big enough for your bun to hop through comfortably if they are a larger bread. These toys can take up quite a lot of space so may not be suitably in a small environment where they may restrict your bunnies movement.
We got one of these when we brought home a baby bunny and it became a part of his routine hopping through it and he really like it, however when he got older he mostly discarded it as a tunnel and used it as a giant chew . We did try out alternatives such as Alfalfa coated tubes, but they don't seem to prove any more attractive than the basic cardboard ones and created an awful lot more mess.
Great for bunnies that like to run around, shred paper and play in hideaways. Young bunnies will especially like this.
- A great toy that you bunny will enjoy stripping they layers of paper off and using as a hideaway
- We would avoid ones covered in grass as they don't seem any more interesting and make quire a mess
5 Tent and tunnel system
If you want to get your bunny something really special then a Tent and tunnel system could be for you. With these tunnel and tent system you can build your bunny a complete warred of interconnecting junctions and tents at the end. They will take up quite a lot of room however they are made from lightweight materials that can be folded up and packed away when not needed. These will really appeal to a curios bunny that likes to explore.
This toy was great to keep out bunny amused. Every time we set it out differently out bunny would find exploring it irritable. It does take up quite a bit or room, but the novelty made it a lot more fun they a regular activity tunnel.
A brilliant toy to stretch you and your bunnies imagination. You can set it out differently again and again and it can be easily packed away when not needed.
- You can have fun building your bunny its own warren
- You can set it out however you want, and it can be easily packed away when not needed
6 Snuggle tunnel
As the name suggests Snuggle tunnels are a combination of a pet bed and a small tunnel. They have soft padded sides and base which would keep your rabbit insulated from a cold floor. The base is more stable then a thinner cloth tunnel so more comfortable for your bunny to nest in. These toys are often quite small so may be better for smaller breads. They are also machine washable which is great as areas where bunnies nest in can get a bit messy over time.
We have hard floors in our home so we got one these to provide a bit of comfort. Out bunny did like to sit in it from time to time when he was resting but more half off then half on it.
The perfect toy for playing in and nesting. A great way to offer a bit of comfort in an area with a hard floor.
- They have soft padded sides and base which would keep your bunny insulated from a cold floor
- They would provide a bit of comfort in an area with hard floors.
7 Fun tunnel
These Corrugated plastic bunny tubes can be stretched out and bent into lots of interesting shapes and when you have finished with them they can be collapsed down neatly and easily packed away. They make a good additional toy to bring out into an area or can be left out pertinently without worry as they can be washed clean and are unlikely to be chewed as much as some other cloth tunnel toys. That also make great outside toys as the plastic material will be whether proof.
We used one of these when we had a younger bunny as it was easy to clean when he was learning to use his litter tray. It did roll around a bit and way quite noisy.
A hard wearing toy for inside and outside use. These tough plastic tubes will last a long time.
- These tough plastic tubes will last a long time
- They can be used inside and out and can be wiped clean
8 Grass hideaway
Grass hideaways are perfect for popping in and out of and your bunny will enjoy chewing the soft grassy material. They tend to be on the small side so make sure you get one that's suitable for your bunnies breed as you may need a Large grassy hideaway that will give your bunny room to sit and turn around in them.
We found our bunny was not that interested in going inside this but loved it as a giant chew toy. We ended up getting him a cardboard box as a hide away as well which he preferred. It also made quite a lot of mess when it start to break down.
A great chew toy and hideaway while it lasts.
- These make a great chew toy but do make quite a lot of mess when they start to collapse.
- They tend to be on the small side so make sure you get one that's suitable for your bunnies breed.
Bunnies naturally look for places of shelter to explore and rest in and hideaways are ideal for providing a suitable space for them to play without you having to chase them out from under your bed or couch. If you are looking for something that will act as a permanent shelter for your bunny then a sturdy Wooden hideaway is the best choice as they are strong enough for your rabbits to jump on top and they will also enjoy eating the soft wood.
We have tried a few of these and the best for us was the more natural wooded kind as our bunny enjoys nibbling on it. We have a solid floor so we also prefer the kind without a base so we can mop underneath with the rest of the room, however if you have carpet you may want the kind with a base to help prevent stains. We tried the sort with a grassy covering however it didn't prove any more exciting to our rabbits and caused quite a bit of mess, so we got rid of it in the end.
These toys are a great way to let your bunny explore places of shelter safely. A must have for bunnies that are always hiding under furniture.
- A safe way to let your bunny explore places of shelter
- Your bunny will love exploring inside and sitting in the entrance