DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Did you know that small pets, like hamsters and Guinea pigs, need lots of playthings in order to stay happy and healthy? Just like dogs and cats, these little furballs require stimulation and entertainment. Toys are also crucial because of dental care. Many smaller animals have open-rooted teeth, and must chew quite a bit to keep their choppers from growing too long and causing painful dental issues. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to keep your pet supplied with fun, suitable toys. Read on as an Orangevale, CA vet offers some great options for DIY pocket pet toys.


Cardboard can make several great toys for your furry little pal. The cardboard tubes from paper towel or toilet paper rolls can be cut into rings and reassembled into balls, stacked on end in tissue or shoe boxes, turned into pyramids, stuffed with fresh herbs, or just offered whole.


Plain paper is safe and suitable for your furry friend to play with and nibble on. Try shredding some plain paper and putting it in a box or paper bag for your tiny furball to play in. Or, crumple a piece up around a tasty treat. Another option is to cut it into little shapes, like chains or snowflakes. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try your hand at paper origami!


Many wood and wicker items are safe for pets to nibble on. Children’s blocks, wooden spoons, and other items can all make great toys for your little buddy! There are a few caveats here, however. Don’t give your pint-sized pal anything with dangling threats, small parts, or sharp edges. You’ll also want to avoid anything coated in decorative substances like paint, varnish, glitter, or dye. We also recommend staying away from pine or cedar products, as they are toxic to small animals. Ask your vet for more information.


Smaller pets often really like to explore tunnels and mazes. You can buy your pet a little labyrinth, of course, but you can also make one out of PVC pipe, shoeboxes, or cardboard. You can also make mazes out of paper mache. Just don’t use glue, which isn’t safe for your pet: make a paste out of flour and water instead.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Orangevale, CA pet hospital, with all your pocket pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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