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DIY Toys for Pocket Pets

March 1, 2016

Do you have a tiny furball for a pet? Hamsters, gerbils, Guinea pigs, and mice are all very adorable, and can make great pets. In order to keep your little buddy from getting bored, and to prevent potential dental problems, you’ll need to offer your furry pal lots of toys, including many chewable playthings. While you can certainly find some great toys in pet stores, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your pet’s toybox full. You can also make your own out of many common household items. Read on as a Niagara Falls, ON veterinarian lists some great DIY toys you can make for pocket pets.

Tunnels

Most of these little ones really enjoy running through tunnels and mazes. You can make your own out of PVC pipe or cardboard. Rearrange your pet’s labyrinth regularly to keep things fun and fresh.

Cardboard Toys

The cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towel rolls can make great toys. Try stuffing one with fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay. Or, cut one into rings, then reassemble it as a little ball. You can also make your tiny pal a castle out of tissue boxes or shoeboxes.

Paper

There are many toys you can make with plain paper. Try shredding some copy paper, then put the strips in a small tissue box, on top of a yummy treat. You can also make little origami shapes, or even fold a sheet of paper around a snack.

Wood

Many wooden items, such as spoons or children’s blocks, can make cute toys for your little pal. Another cute idea is to make your pet a popsicle stick castle, using non-toxic glue. This can be a great afternoon project for kids!

Safety

Always put your pet’s safety first. Never offer your tiny buddy anything with dangling strings that could entangle them. Items with small parts that could break off, such as many plastic items, are dangerous as well. You’ll also want to avoid anything made or coated with toxic material, such as varnish or dye. When choosing food treats, be sure to only offer things that are safe for your particular pet. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Does your tiny pet need veterinary care? Please feel free to call us anytime. As your local Niagara Falls, ON animal clinic, we are always here to help!

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