Do you have a bunny, Guinea pig, hamster, or gerbil for a pet? These little guys can make super cute animal companions! While each type of pet has their own specific care needs, smaller pets do have a few things in common, such as a need to chew. Since many of these cute furballs have open-rooted teeth, they must chew quite a bit to keep their choppers from overgrowing. You don’t have to break the bank buying your pet’s toys, however. Read on as a local Fayetteville, NC vet discusses DIY toys for pocket pets.
Plain copy paper can make great toys for your cute pet. Crumple a plain sheet of copy paper up around a treat, or make your tiny buddy a paper chain to nibble on. You can also just shred some plain copy paper, and put it in a box or paper bag. Toss in a yummy snack or two to make this even more fun for your pint-sized pal!
Many cardboard items can be upcycled into chew toys for little furballs! The tubes from toilet paper rolls can be upcycled into a variety of fun playthings. Cut one into rings, and reassemble it around a tasty treat. Or, stuff several into a shoebox or tissue box. You can also make a pyramid out of them, or just fill them with fresh grass hay or herbs.
Wood and Wicker Items
Lots of wood and wicker items can also make great chew toys. Some good examples are children’s blocks, wooden spoons, and thread spools. Small wicker baskets or plates are also fine. Just avoid giving your little pal pine or cedar, which are toxic to small animals.
Always put your pet’s safety first. Avoid giving your tiny friend anything that is coated in decorative substances, such as paint, varnish, glitter, or dye. You also want to stay away from anything with small parts or sharp edges, as well as items with dangling threads or ropes. Last but not least, always make sure your furry friend’s playthings have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before you hand them over. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including advice on safe treats.
Do you have questions about caring for a pocket pet? Please contact us, your local Fayetteville, NC animal clinic, anytime! We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.