Its important to making sure your bunny has lots of toys to toss about and make noise with. Keeping a good supply of toys for them to play with will help keep them occupied when you're not there and make playing with them more fun to. Letting them exercise this natural behavior is also a great way to stop them from playing with things in your home you don't want them to damage. There are many sorts of Balls, Rattles and toss toys available so to help you choose we have been trying out some of the most popular types to see 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 are.
Our top picks
1 Treat ball
2 Willow balls
3 Log roll
1 Treat ball
Toys that you can hide food inside always provide great entertainment for bunnies. They soon get the idea that by nudging the toy around they get a steady supply of treats. If you get a Treat ball which is designed specifically to bunnies it has an adjustable hole in the top so you can limit how quickly you want the treats to come out which can be useful depending on their size.
This toy is great for when we are a bit busy and our bunny starts being naughty by pulling things off our coffee table or raiding us on the couch. All we have to do is give it a rattle and he comes running then he will be off using up energy chasing the ball around till he poops himself out and lays down. It's also a good way of making the treats last a bit longer.
Guaranteed to keep your bunny busy and out of trouble and a good way of making them more active.
- Makes giving your bunny treats more fun and last a bit longer
- They have an adjustable hole so you can limit how quickly you want the treats to come out
2 Willow balls
Bunnies love chewing on things they can toss about the room and twiggy or woven balls are perfect for this. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, often the more detailed they are the more expensive they are however, intricate shapes don't really seem to matter to bunnies that much so you may as well go for good value and get a multi pack of simple toys. Having a variety of these toys will also let you swap them out to keep your bunny interested. Make sure you get willow balls made for bunnies that are an all-natural material, some people have been reporting finding glue or other materials inside them which is not good if your bunny eats it. Always avoid home decoration product as they may look the same but can be treated with varnishes or fire retardant chemicals that can be bad for your bunnies tummy.
Our bunny loves the chunky willow ball, we have a hard floor so he like the noise it makes as he bats it about. We also prefer them to the grassy variety as they make less mess as they eventually fall apart. They do have a habit of being wedged under furniture so we tend use them for a session where we are playing with our bunny, then we hide them away after a bit, this also make them last a bit longer as it turns out our bunny can eat most of one in one go if he feels like it.
We would not be without some of these as they always temp our bunny to eat a bit more fiber and a few less treats. Grassy balls but can be a bit messy when they fall apart.
- Great for getting your bunny to eat a bit more fiber and a few less treats.
- You bunny will enjoy tossing the ball around the room.
3 Log roll
Log roll chew toys are typically made from all natural dried yucca or wood with cavities cut in it that come filled with treats our bunny will enjoy digging out. Your rabbit will enjoy rolling it about, munching the treats and chewing the soft woody material. It's a solid toy that you can leave out and will still be fun when the treats have all gone as the soft wood can be chewed as well.
Much more fun them a simple wooden chew however the novelty may wear off when the tasty treats have been excavated.
Great for rolling, tossing, foraging and of cause chewing.
- You can stuff the holes with treats and your bunny will love digging them out.
- The natural yucca or wood also make a great chew toy.
4 Plastic treat puzzle toy
Hidden treat toys are great for clever bunnies. These plastic toys typically contain pegs that can be pulled out or slid in a groove to reveal hidden goodies. Your bunny may be confused at first, but they will soon learn that a bit of effort pays of with a tasty treat.
We have used these toys with a lot our bunnies all with different results. Some have liked playing with them and would go to work as soon as they were loaded up however other bunnies we have had have mostly got ignored them. We tried it on out on our Continental Giant, he simply smashed it on the floor until all the treats fell out so we had to take it away from him much to his disappointment! The plastic can get noisy so given the choice a more natural wooden peg toy would be a better buy.
Great for rabbits that like take their time exploring and can make plying with your bunny more fun too.
5 Hanging treat toy
If your rabbit likes to reach up and chew things, then toys that you can hang chewables on so they dangle down can be a source of endless fun especially If you add some vegetables or fruit on them as well. They can be great to hang on a cage side to use as a distraction if your bunny is chewing its cage for attention. Be careful to check the toy is a Hanging chew toy for rabbits and not for parrots which look similar.
Our rabbit likes making noise so we hung one of these that had a bell on it next to his food bowl, he soon got the hang of ringing it persistently when he ran out of food which was very cute.
Brilliant for handing fresh treats on and keeping your bunny amused.
- Can be a great way of keeping your bunny interested by mixing chew toys, veggies and fruit.
- They can be a great way of loading up all the treats in one place off the floor.
6 Wooden dumb bells
Solid wooden toys are a cheap and fun toy for your bunny to fling about and chew on, their strong point is how long they will last so are great forleaving out in a room. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes however the best sort to look out for are Wooden dubbells that have some stick shapes build into them so they can be easily held in the mouth and tossed about like the rather than simple wooden blocks. They are a great alternative to help distract your rabbit from chewing on other wooden things like your furniture legs and baseboards. It's best to get a few different sorts, put some aside and swap them over occasionally to stop them being overlooked. We have had some rabbits that have been fanatical chewers and these toys are helpful to leave out in areas where they have made it a mission to chew at the soft wood. They also worked well as an addition to our bunnies digging box.
We have had some bunnies that have been fanatical chewers and these toys are helpful to leave out in areas where they have made it a mission to chew our baseboards and wooden furniture. They also worked well as an addition to our bunnies digging box.
A solid toss and chew toy that will last a long time so you can leave it out even in your bunnies enclosure.
- A great toy for your bunny to ware down its teeth on and toss about
- These solid wooden toys can be left out all the time with your bunny and will still last a while
7 Toilet roll tubes
Toilet roll tubes are a free and plentiful toy that are a great way to keep your bunny busy. They will enjoy chewing at the course cardboard and tossing them about. You can also make them even more fun by filling them with hay which is a great way of getting your bunny some essential fiber and give them an alternative to seeking this out by chewing your carpet, wallpaper and wooden furniture.
We never throw an old toilet roll away, we just chuck them in out bunnies path when the roll is used up. He gets bored of them pretty quickly so when they start looking tired we just bin them. We also like to play a game with our bunny where I sit with him and stack a bunch of them up on top of each other which he then knocks over and tosses about. He never gets bored of this game so it's a great way of keeping his attention when playing with him.
A free and unlimited source of entertainment. Why not stuff them with hay to make them even more fun to play with!
- Toilet roll tubes are a free and plentiful toy that your bunny will love playing with and chewing
- You can stuff them with hay to make them even more fun or stack them up and make a fun obstacle for you bunny to demolish
8 Willow sticks
Bunnies 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 better still Apple wood twigs treats available that you can buy from pet stores or if you want you can even find these yourself. Remember to check its bunny safe as they can't eat all types of wood.
Our bunny likes the thinner sort as they seem easier to chew up. 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 keeps them together and off the floor. We buy a pack of these from time to time and give our bunny one occasionally, so we don't end up with them lying about everywhere.
A simple way to give your bunny something acceptable to chew on to help ware down their teeth and give them some solid fiber to chew on.
- A great way of stopping your bunny getting bored and getting them to eat more fiber
- They are cheap and will last a long while if you give them out a few at a time
9 Wooden toss and treat toys
Wooden hidden treat toys are great for bunnies that enjoying foraging and toss toys about. They are made from a block of wood with cups cut into it that have pegs over the top of them so your rabbit will have to pull these out to get to the treats as well as chewing on the wood itself.
We much prefer these to the plastic versions of these toys as they are a bit heavier which stops them moving about and that make less noise.
Great for rabbits that like to chew and toss toys about.
- A great way of keeping your bunny entertained at least until the treats run out.
- A toy that will get interest again and again
10 Digging box
If your bunny has a habit of chewing, tugging and trying to dig up your carpet, or is constantly trying to burrow into your couch or bed then this is the ultimate toy to let them exercise this foraging behavior and the best thing is its free! All you need is a cardboard box or a basket filled with shredded or scrunched up paper, hay and other chew toys. This will keep your bunny busy foraging inside and is also a great way of keeping the mess contained. Make sure you check for staples and tape and avoid glossy paper with heavy print on it.
Our bunny loved his digging box when we made him one, we hid some treats in the bottom which he would go mad for. However, when we left it out for too long he got it confused will a litter tray so we had to keep an eye on him and now only bring it out for shout sessions.
Ideal for rabbits that like to dig and tug up your carpet, or soft furnishings.
- A free toy you can make yourself that your bunny will love
- A great way of keeping all the chewing and shredding mess neatly contained
- Fill it with hay, shredded paper and other chew toys