When they're not sleeping or eating, rabbits can easily get bored. Boredom breakers and toys are a wonderful way to keep your rabbit entertained and active when you're not able to play with them.
Dig boxes, interactive puzzles, balls and chew toys are great for adding enrichment into your rabbit's life and can even encourage natural behaviour, such as foraging and digging. In this article, we compare the 10 best toys for rabbits in the UK - plus some fun pet toys you can DIY!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of toys for rabbits available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
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Small Animal Pet Treat Rabbit Nibble 'N' Dig Meadow
Rabbit Tube Boredom Breaker
Pile and Play Stacking Cups Gift Set
Circus Themed Treat Ball 3-in-1 Enrichment Toy
Colourful Pet Ball Toys With Bell Sound
3-in-1 Teach-n-Treat Interactive Toy
Plastic Snack Ball
Bunny Chew Toys
I Love Hay Forage Cube Treat and Toy
Entice Them to Forage and Dig
Large Tunnel to Run Through and Gnaw
Engage Your Rabbit’s Brain With Sturdy Stacking Cups
Non-toxic Treat Balls to Help Beat Boredom
Colourful Jingling Balls to Grab Your Rabbit’s Attention
An Interactive Game to Develop Problem Solving Skills
Adjustable Treat Ball That Makes Them Work for Their Food
Chew Toy That Aids Digestion and Dental Health
Chewable Mat They Can Pick Up and Throw
Edible Hay-Coated Box to Chew On and Destroy
|Type of Toy||Foraging mat, chew toy||Interactive, chew toy||Stacking cups||Interactive toy||Ball||Foraging mat and puzzle||Treat ball||Chew toy||Chew toy||Foraging cube, chew toy|
|Benefits||Encourages foraging, digging and chewing||Chewing, problem solving, throwing||Throwing, knocking over and problem solving||Encourages foraging and exercise||Throwing, interactive play, bonding||Good for interactive play, mental exercise and training||Rolling, chewing, dental health, mental exercise||Chewing, dental hygiene||Chewing, digging and relaxing||Foraging, chewing, dental health and throwing|
|Material||Slice of real herb meadow, hay coated tray, dandelions, ribwort daisies, red clover, common plantain, chamomile and chickweed||Vegetable parchment paper||Plastic||Pet-safe ABS plastic and non-toxic materials||Non-toxic plastic||Plastic||Non-toxic plastic||Natural apple sticks and high-quality forage grass||Natural water, hyacinth and rattan||Hay coated parchment stuffed with meadow hay and marigold flowers|
|Dimensions||35cm x 30cm x 28 cm||21cm x 30cm x 21 cm||-||8cm diameter||-||5.08cm x 25.4cm x 25.4 cm||7cm diameter||-||33cm x 24cm||20cm x 20cm x 20cm|
A toy that allows your rabbit to forage or dig is an excellent way to bring out their natural instincts and not only is foraging a great way to organically feed your pet, it is also a wonderful way to add some enrichment to their environment.
Dig boxes are another way to add something fun into their hutch or pen and if your rabbit is free-roaming, it can also help stop them from digging holes in your carpet or flooring. They are also a lot safer for your little bun to dig into.
Bunnies love to chew anything and everything! Toys that are safe for your rabbit to munch on are a wonderful way to help divert their attention from chomping on your phone chargers, bars on their hutch or even furniture.
As Rabbit's teeth are constantly growing, not only can these types of toys distract them from chewing everything in sight, they are an essential way to help maintain their dental hygiene. They achieve this by aiding in grinding down your rabbit's teeth and preventing them from becoming too long and causing a number of health issues.
A lot of chew toys are also high in fibre, which helps keep their intestinal tract healthy, promoting digestion and helping them poop to their little heart's content.
Rabbits love to move and throw anything from straw mats, stacking cups, balls and even flower pots. Giving them something that they can chuck around will entertain them all day long and some toys, like a treat ball, will even let you stuff it with food providing them with the odd snack too!
Rabbits also love toys that make noises like balls with bells inside them and enjoy them for hours on end. You can either find ones specifically made for rabbits or a sturdy cat or parrot toy will also work just as well.
Surprisingly rabbits are very good at using their logic to solve puzzles and can even be taught tricks and commands! Therefore, interactive toys are a great way to challenge your rabbit and exercise their mind to stop them from getting bored.
Depending on the toy, they can also encourage natural behaviours like foraging which helps keep their brain active. It can also help you develop an emotional bond with your pet as you can show them how it is done, helping them learn from you whilst having lots of fun.
Remember, your rabbit's housing should also be stimulating. Click here for the best rabbit hutches in the UK!
Toys that are made from natural and edible materials such as hay, apple sticks and foraging herbs are perfectly safe for your bun to nibble on and enjoy and are also a safer way to grind down their teeth.
However, when toys are made from other materials such as plastic, extra caution needs to be taken. Make sure that the toy is non-toxic, have smooth edges and that there are no small parts that can break away for your rabbit to swallow.
If you do end up letting your rabbit play with toys on the smaller side or ones that have small parts, make sure that it isn't small enough for them to swallow. You don't want to have to rush them to the vets or it potentially developing into an even worse situation. Therefore, it may be best to avoid small toys for this reason and stick to toys you know will be nice and safe.
Even though some children's toys, such as the stacking cups or even toys for cats and parrots can be used for rabbits, it is important to make sure that the size of the toy isn't too small for your furry friend and that it is big enough for them to play with safely.
It can be quite difficult to judge the size of a toy when you buy it online and some may arrive that were smaller than you anticipated. To try and stop this happening, make sure to check the toy's description and customer reviews before purchasing. It can also save you a trip to the post office, if it does happen to be the wrong size.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Type of Toy||Foraging mat and puzzle|
|Benefits||Good for interactive play, mental exercise and training|
|Dimensions||5.08cm x 25.4cm x 25.4 cm|
Pack of 3
|Type of Toy||Foraging mat, chew toy|
|Benefits||Encourages foraging, digging and chewing|
|Material||Slice of real herb meadow, hay coated tray, dandelions, ribwort daisies, red clover, common plantain, chamomile and chickweed|
|Dimensions||35cm x 30cm x 28 cm|
Pack of 2
|Type of Toy||Chew toy|
|Benefits||Chewing, dental hygiene|
|Material||Natural apple sticks and high-quality forage grass|
|Type of Toy||Stacking cups|
|Benefits||Throwing, knocking over and problem solving|
|Type of Toy||Treat ball|
|Benefits||Rolling, chewing, dental health, mental exercise|
|Type of Toy||Chew toy|
|Benefits||Chewing, digging and relaxing|
|Material||Natural water, hyacinth and rattan|
|Dimensions||33cm x 24cm|
|Type of Toy||Interactive toy|
|Benefits||Encourages foraging and exercise|
|Material||Pet-safe ABS plastic and non-toxic materials|
|Type of Toy||Ball|
|Benefits||Throwing, interactive play, bonding|
|Type of Toy||Interactive, chew toy|
|Benefits||Chewing, problem solving, throwing|
|Material||Vegetable parchment paper|
|Dimensions||21cm x 30cm x 21 cm|
Pack of 2
|Type of Toy||Foraging cube, chew toy|
|Benefits||Foraging, chewing, dental health and throwing|
|Material||Hay coated parchment stuffed with meadow hay and marigold flowers|
|Dimensions||20cm x 20cm x 20cm|
Written and researched by: Ami Garrod-Rogers
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