Do you have a hamster, gerbil, Guinea pig, or bunny? These little guys, also known as pocket pets, all have open-rooted teeth. This means they need to chew quite a bit to keep those tiny choppers from overgrowing. You’ll need to offer your pet lots of chew toys. However, you don’t have to break the bank buying playthings for your miniature furball. There are lots of things you can do at home! A Fort Myers, FL vet lists some great DIY pocket pet toys in this article.
Many types of pocket pets are burrowers by nature, so they like to dig and explore little tunnels. Make a maze for your little buddy out of cardboard or PVC pipe. You can also use paper mache, as long as you use a safe, nontoxic, flour-and-water solution for glue.
Plain paper is also safe for your furry friend to chew on. Ever wanted to try origami? Make some shapes for your little buddy. (Tip: this is a great project for kids!) You can also fill a shoebox with crumpled up sheets of paper or shredded paper strips.
Your pint-sized pal will definitely enjoy chewing on wooden items. You can offer the little guy things like thread spools, wooden spoons, and other wooden objects. Just be sure to stick with safe woods. Avoid hardwoods, like pine and cedar: they’re actually toxic to small animals.
Cardboard is very popular with these little guys! It’s also safe, as long as it’s free of things like stickers, staples, and tape. You can make quite a few cute toys from the cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls. For instance, you can fill them with fresh hay, shredded paper, or suitable herbs. Or, cut them into rings, and then use the rings to make a little ball for your cute pet. You can also stack them into pyramids, or fold the ends down to make a small packet, and put a yummy morsel inside.
Always put your pet’s safety first. Never give your little buddy anything with small parts or sharp edges. You’ll also want to avoid anything that is covered in decorative coatings, like glitter, varnish, paint, or dye. Ask your vet for more information.
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