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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > What kind unfinished wood are okay for bunnies to chew?
Last Post by KatnipCrzy at 3/04/2010 12:38 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline Nobody
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2/27/2010 5:31 AM

Hello everyone,


I'm going to home depoit to buy few small unfinished woods for my bunny to chew on. He refuse to chew on things I provided. I guess it is time for me to get woods for him.

I rather to get cylinder wood because I'm afraid that if he will swallow the leftover pieces of square woods.

I remembered that someone mentioned that redwood or something like that are toxic to bunnies?

Anything else to inform me before I'll buy woods for bunny?

I don't want to buy woods that arent healthy to my bunny.



User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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2/27/2010 11:22 AM
The habitats that have been home made are untreated Pine. Aspen is a very good wood used in litter because it doesn't give off any gasses or odor at all. All woods need to be untreated.

But many folks make toys for bunnies out of wood if you don't want to go to the trouble.
But here's a great paragraph on chew toys from the House Rabbit Society website, www.rabbit.org:

This is perhaps the central concern of most bunny caretakers. Rabbits need to chew, both for physical and psychological reasons. Wicker baskets, non-poisonous logs and sticks, cardboard, paper, straw, and pine cones are all good choices. If Potato enjoys chewing holes into the back of the couch, give her a closed cardboard box filled with paper or straw, with a small hole in it to start, and let her finish the job. Be imaginative! Provide a toy box of untreated wicker or cardboard full of different sizes and shapes and textures of wood, dried-out pine cones, cardboard tubes or other safe items.

Do not give just a chew stick! People often buy these strange orange-and-green wooden sticks from the pet-supply store for their new rabbit, and are surprised to see that Thumper barely sniffs his before starting in on the baseboards. Especially for a young rabbit, or a particularly chew-conscious rabbit, chew-toys need to be interesting (which a chew stick is not, even if it's dyed orange and shaped like a carrot) and plentiful. The more toys, and the greater variety, the better. A rabbit who has only a stick, a log, or a piece of two-by-four to chew on, is going to be a bored rabbit. And a bored rabbit is a naughty rabbit.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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2/28/2010 9:12 PM
I'd suggest pine, aspen or cedar-ensure it's totally untreated And on chew toys-mine LOVE balsa...so I wouldn't make anything out of it

User is Offline Nobody
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3/02/2010 7:04 AM
I got cylinder unfinished/untreated wood. I gave it to my bunny.

He didn't touch it for few days.

Now, It made me realized that his previous owner didn't offer him toys to chew. I guess he was used to not to chew on wood?

How can I make him to chew on wood?

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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3/02/2010 2:35 PM
He doesn't necessarily have to chew on wood. My vet recommends NOT giving them wood to chew on, as splinters can cause issues. he says willow baskets and balls are fine, and hay should be enough to wear down teeth sufficiently.

User is Offline Petzy
Northern AB Canada
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3/04/2010 5:13 AM
Gnawing is important for the health of a rabbit's teeth. The thing is that rabbits enjoy chewing on wood that still has the bark on, they may chew unfinished lumber also but not nearly as much. Try giving your rabbit a large untreated branch from an apple tree or willow.
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User is Offline KatnipCrzy
Holland, MI
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3/04/2010 12:38 PM

My bunnies love apple branches- but you need to find a someone with a tree that they do not treat or spray.  My Grandmothers farm has an orchard and when we go there I fill pillowcases with fresh cut branches- leave them in the bags to dry- and then after they are dry and the leaves have fallen off- I cut them into more manageable pieces-about 6 inches or so and store them in a cardboard box.

My bunnies chew all of the bark off unless it is close to knob in the branch that they can't get their teeth into- within a day- the piece will be naked- and it makes a little bit a brown, fine sawdust.  But they LOVE them.

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