Entertaining Your Hamster

Are you bringing a hamster into your home? These cute little furballs are very popular pocket pets, and with good reason. Hamsters are gentle, fun to watch, and generally easy to care for, provided they have a suitable cage and nutritional regimen. Aside from food and shelter, these little ones also need some toys to keep them entertained. In this article, your local vet Walnut goes over some various options for keeping Hammie entertained.

Chew Toys

Hammie’s teeth never stop growing, so in order to keep those choppers healthy, he needs to chew constantly. Make sure to give your pet hamster plenty of chew toys. Wooden toys are a top choice in this area. Avoid pine or cedar, however, as these can be dangerous to little furballs. You’ll also want to be careful to only give your pet untreated wood, as toys that have been painted, dyed, stained, or vanished can be toxic to your little furball.

Wheels and Runabouts

Like any other animal, hamsters need exercise to stay healthy. Exercise wheels are a popular choice, and Hammie will probably love running on one. Choose a solid wheel, however, as wire wheels can hurt your little pet’s feet. Runabouts are also popular, and are a great way for your furball to be able to explore outside his cage. Just be careful to choose the right size, and to get a type that is safe for hamsters.

Playhouses and Tunnels

Hamsters love having a little hidey-hole to retreat to, but there is no law that says Hammie can only have one. You can get your little furball a few different hidey-holes, and even connect them with a maze or tunnel. Ramps, ladders, and mazes are a few more things you can add to your little buddy’s cage to keep it interesting. Always keep your furry pal’s safety first and foremost when choosing toys. Avoid toys with a lot of hanging ropes, as these can be choking hazards. You’ll also want to be careful with plastic toys, as these can hurt or choke your little pet if he accidentally ingests any.

Do you have any questions about taking care of a pet hamster? As your local vet clinic Walnut, we are happy to help! Please contact us any time we can be of assistance.

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