Can Rabbits Eat Willow Balls?

Categorized as Bunny Diet, Bunny Facts

Last Updated on December 21, 2021 by Rei Garnet

Willow balls are safe to be eaten or chewed by rabbits as long as the willow balls you have are specifically made for rabbits. Make sure that the willow balls are not treated with any harmful solvents or paints.

The best way to know that your rabbit would not be harmed while playing/eating their willow balls is to buy one from a trusted pet store. Most pet stores that sell willow balls only used natural ingredients that can be ingested by rabbits.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits can eat willow balls:

Why can rabbits eat willow balls?

Most willow balls are made from willow twigs, which makes them perfect for your rabbit’s chewing needs because even if they decided to eat them, it’s perfectly safe because wild rabbits are eating willow twigs all the time.

Why is your rabbit eating willow balls?

Rabbits need to constantly chew on things to grind their teeth because rabbit’s teeth constantly grow. Rabbit’s teeth normally grow 1 cm each month approximately.

Rabbits that are not eating hard enough food are susceptible to dental problems. Dental problems in rabbits are extremely serious. A rabbit that’s in pain due to a dental problem would refuse to eat or only eat a little.

A rabbit that’s refusing to eat would eventually develop some kind of digestive problems like GI stasis because rabbits need to constantly eat for their gut to function properly.

What you should look out for when your rabbits are eating willow balls?

Always make sure that the willow balls you bought came from a trusted pet store. Willow balls should not contain any paints, solvents, or glue that could harm your rabbit.

You should also make sure that you supervise your rabbits when playing with willow balls. Some rabbit owners reported that their rabbits got wrapped in willow balls while playing with it.

Also, willow baskets or any other things made from willow that are not sold at pet stores should not be given to rabbits because most of them are already treated with solvents and other chemicals to preserve them as much as possible.


As long as the willow ball is bought from a reputable pet store, your rabbits can eat them without suffering any ill effects. In fact, your rabbits could benefit from eating/chewing on willow balls because it helps grind their teeth.

Rabbit’s teeth constantly grow at approximately 1 cm per month. Without any hard food to chew on, your rabbits could suffer from dental problems that could lead to more serious medical problems.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (January 28, 2022) Can Rabbits Eat Willow Balls?. Retrieved from
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By Rei Garnet

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.