DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Do you have a hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, or mouse? These tiny furballs, also known as pocket pets, have many delightful qualities that can make them absolutely wonderful pets. They are quite inexpensive and easy to care for, and are typically very gentle. While each type of animal has unique care needs, these pint-sized pets have many things in common, including a need to chew. In order to keep your little buddy’s teeth healthy, you’ll need to provide plenty of suitable chew toys. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your pet’s toy box full, however: there are many great toys you can make yourself! A Diamond Bar, CA veterinarian lists some great DIY playthings for pocket pets in this article.

Toilet Paper Rolls

The cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls can be upcycled into lots of fun playthings for your tiny pal. Try stuffing one with fresh, safe herbs or plain, shredded paper, or cut it into rings and then reshape it into a little ball.

Tissue Boxes

Tissue boxes can be lots of fun for these little cuties. Try stuffing one with plain shredded paper or herbs. You can also put several together to build your tiny buddy a little tissue-box castle.

Paper

Plain paper can be lots of fun for your furry friend. Cut plain copy paper into various shapes, like little snowflakes or boxes. Or, just crumple a sheet up around a yummy snack. Even a pile of shredded paper can be fun for these adorable furballs!

Cardboard

There are lots of great DIY toys you can make out of cardboard. Try making a little house, or just offer your furry friend cardboard shapes. Just be sure to remove any staples and/or tape first!

Mazes

These little ones really enjoy mazes and tunnels! You can make tiny labyrinths out of boxes, PVC pipe, or even non-toxic paper mache.

Safety Tips

Never give your four-legged friend anything with sharp edges or small parts that could possibly break off. Also, make sure to offer only items that are non-toxic, and that have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Ask your vet for more information about choosing safe toys.

Do you have any questions or concerns about caring for your pocket pet? We can help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Diamond Bar, CA animal clinic, anytime!

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