Is it normal for rabbits to love chewing?
A bunny will gnaw other things besides her or his meal since it is a normal, necessary and enjoyable natural activity. Therefore, if not given something to chew, they will often gnaw anything available including furniture, wood for making coops, or any other things.
Hormones often affect the chewing habits of rabbits and affect the does more than bucks. Note that spayed does will gnaw less as they mature. Some tactics to reduce destruction is a diversion to a more exciting thing, bunny-proofing or caging them.
Whereas neutering and spaying may help reduce their desire to munch things other than their food (hay and straws), untreated grass mats, hardwood cardboards among other things that are recommended. Chewing will help wear down their ever-growing teeth.
Overgrown teeth can present a serious health challenge as they will be injuring soft tissues in their mouth.
As Rabbit.org notes on personality, “chewers are often intelligent, outgoing, affectionate individuals who like to be in charge and get lots of attention.” If this is often a way to get attention or reduce boredom, entertaining your bunnies may lessen their desire to gnaw everything.
If you want to discipline your bunnies chewing behavior, saying no while clapping hands, among other techniques, will help teach them.
Should I offer them chew toys?
It is recommended you give them gnawing items so long as they cannot ingest them, or they are harmless in addition to the fresh hay such as orchard grass hay, timothy or oat hay.
However, you need to ensure they are bunny safe. Avoid branches of fruit trees such as peach, apricot, among others as they are poisonous. Also, ensure you use safe rabbit carpets in case they ingest it.
What can rabbits chew on for their teeth
Toys and fibrous foods will help grind or wear down growing rabbit teeth. Whereas some toys cannot be ingested, there are those that can be eaten. Hay, straw, fodder, untreated seagrass mats and so on will also help digestion.
Safe wood for rabbits to chew and can rabbit chew on cardboard
Besides hay and straws, some of the safe lumber for your furry friends include pine firewood and well apple, aspen and willow branches. Also, untreated fresh pine lumber will be ok.
Cardboards are also good. However, ensure you remove any glue or stickers that might be on your cardboard before giving them to your bunnies.
Besides wood, other safe things that your bunnies may chew include the commercial toys we are going to discuss, hay baskets, compressed alfalfa cubes, cotton towels, among other things.
For cotton, towels ensure they do not ingest it.
Best rabbit chew toys
If you are looking for good rabbit gnaw toys, you will get to many of them at your local pet stores, on online stores such as Amazon.com, PetSmart.com, eBay.com, Petco.com among other places.
Most of these toys are safe. Ensure you go for only those meant for bunnies. Avoid giving them toys for other pets unless they are safe.
Whereas safe wood will work well, it will be a good idea to include those from edible materials to add on to their nutritional needs and provide fiber. Some of the best rabbit chewing toys include
Kaytee Perfect Chews for Rabbits
It is a hanging type with a wood ball, log, and carrot that come in brilliant purple, green and orange colors making it a kabob toy that can be ultimately be eaten except for the metallic hook.
It has loofah, wood textures and will give you hours of gnawing as well as playtime to your furry critters. So far, it has received a whopping 4.3 out of 5.0 rating on Amazon.com from about 1600 reviews on Amazon.com alone.
Willow Branch Ball for Small Animals by Ware Manufacturing
The Willow Branch Ball for Small Animals is designed not only for gnawing but also as a play tool. It will help wear down overgrown teeth and ensure your pet has healthy clean teeth besides promoting natural rabbit chewing instincts.
Also, your furry friends will “nudge, nibble, and chew this fun toy which helps alleviate cage boredom” notes amazon.com where it is also highly rated with an average of 4.4 out of 5.0 from over 1100 reviews.
Ware Manufacturing has the Hand-Woven Willow Twig Tunnel Small Pet Hideout which is suitable for tunneling besides being good for gnawing.
Peter’s Woven Grass Play Ball for Rabbits and mat
This tasty natural woven grass will encourage your furry friends to eat it as well as toss and roll it around, helping them to exercise. It is safe and will take a long time before it is broken down. Expect a little mess when this happens.
To encourage them to chew it, consider putting your rabbit’s favorite treat inside this grass ball. Doing so will make it round up as a logic toy.
This brand joints our top a gnaw toy for bunnies. It is highly rated with many satisfied buyers who mention its price and the fact that it helps these pets exercise.
You can also opt for Peter’s Woven Grass Mat for Rabbits since it is safe and will protect your bunnies’ paws if you have a wire cage flooring.
Rosewood Boredom Breaker Small Animal Activity Toy Chill-n-Chew Mat
This chill and chew mat is made from hyacinth and rattan and is suitable for gnawing or covering your cage floor. It has not plastics or metals and will help promote dental health by wearing teeth down and ensuring they are healthy.
It has a 4.5 out of 5.0 average rating at Amazon.com from over 700 reviews, proving it is something worth every penny.
eCOTRITION 3 in 1 Snak Shak Chew, Treat and Natural Hideaway
eCOTRITION 3 in 1 Snak Shak chew, treat and hideaway activity log is an excellent addition to gnaw items besides serving as a hideaway and a treat.
It is made from pine wood shavings, fresh alfalfa, cassava, and cornstarch and flavored with honey making it very delicious. Your rabbits and guinea pigs will enjoy gnawing it.
Kaytee Carousel Chew Toy Carrot
Kaytee Carousel Carrot is a multi-textured chew toy that will reduce boredom and give your rabbit or guinea pig hours of fun or playtime. Your pet will endlessly chew and toss this toy around.
The carrot-shaped wood will help wear down your pet’s teeth while the loofah pieces will floss and clean their teeth. Both these loofah and wood are 100% safe for your furry friends.
Ware Manufacturing Rice Pops Small Animal Chew Treat
Unlike others, this is a crunchy and crispy chew treat for your rabbit and any other small pet. This flavorful treat made of corn and rice will ensure your bunny’s teeth are clean and healthy.
Your furry friend will enjoy chewing this treat and minimize boredom, besides all the other benefits we have already mentioned.
Bunny Blast Yucca Chew Toy
If you need a soft, all-natural, and 100% biodegradable (environmentally friendly) chew item for your bunny, consider the Bunny Blast Yucca. Besides chewing it, it will provide your rabbits with fun time as they toss and roll it around.
While the plant is poisonous, the dried yucca wood is safe even if your bunny ingests it.
SunGrow Natural Seagrass Ball
The SunGrow Natural Seagrass is a tightly woven ball that is made from all-natural twine and seagrass without any adhesives. It can be tossed, rolled, fetched or bounced. It is helpful for teething and encouraging natural foraging behaviors.
Furthermore, the SunGrow Natural Seagrass Ball can help file your bunny’s claw, but it can be a little messy if it gets ripped apart. Its suitability and popularity are not in double since it has a 4.3 out of 5.0 rating from over 220 reviews.
Peter’s Chew Toy for Rabbits and Small Animals, Apple
Peter’s Chew Toy and treat is made from hardwood and has a dried apple. It is 100% safe without any dyes or additives that may be harmful to your furry critter.
Your bunny will enjoy its great taste. Furthermore, this product will ensure your rabbit’s teeth are properly conditioned, and you can give it to many other small animals.
Other best chew toys
Besides the above, you should also consider giving the following brands which are also good.
- Ware Manufacturing Corn-E-Carrot– made from corn leaf, has great texture and encourages gnawing
- Kaytee SuperPet Apple Orchard Sticks
- Niteangel Willow Branch Ball & Corn Leaf Ball – pet safe, will give hours of chewing and fun as your rabbit nudge, nibble, and gnaws
- Natural Willow Chew Sticks (Burns)
- Natural Living Dumbbells– Chew and fling
Rosewood Boredom Breaker Natural Treat Double Wood roll
These are not the only good brands. We have given you just but a few of the popular ones. There are many others on the market. Ensure you see how they are rated, priced and what experts say about them.
Homemade rabbit chew toys
By looking at the above brands, you can tell that making a gnaw toy for bunnies at home is not so difficult. Some of the simple ones to consider include
Dried, untreated pine cones
Giving them fresh applewood tree branches
A Farm Girl in the Making has steps for making chew toys from apple twigs and willow “branches and recommends other twigs and branches such as alder, birch, juniper, pear, blackcurrant, redcurrant, hazel, maple, grapevines, and spruce.”
HomemadeYou can get a few ideas from Bunny Approved who has DIY rabbit toys ideas some of which chew toys. Here is a video to help you further.