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DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Do you have a rabbit, Guinea pig, hamster, or gerbil? These little guys make very adorable pets. One thing these ‘pocket pets’ have in common is the fact that they all have open-rooted teeth, which never stop growing. In the wild, small animals wear their teeth down on tough roots and plants. Pets, however, eat much softer diets. You’ll need to give your furry buddy lots of suitable chew toys to nibble on. Otherwise, your pet could develop some very painful dental issues. You don’t have to go broke buying pet toys, however. Here, an Ellicott City, MD vet lists some great DIY toys for pocket pets.

Cardboard

The cardboard tubes from paper towel and toilet paper rolls can make great chew toys. Cut them into rings, and then reassemble them around yummy snacks. Or, stack several into a pyramid shape. Another option is to stuff them with fresh hay, herbs, or even shredded paper. You can also just fold the ends together and put a little treat inside.

Paper

Plain paper is fine for pets to nibble on. Crumple a sheet up into a ball around a tasty snack. Or, crumple up several pieces, and then put them into a shoebox or tissue box for your pint-sized pal to play with. You can also put some plain shredded paper into a paper lunch sack. Or, cut and fold paper into shapes for your little buddy.

Mazes and Tunnels

Pocket pets love exploring little labyrinths. You can make edible ones out of shoeboxes or tissue boxes. You can also make tunnels out of paper mache. Just be sure to only use newspaper that is printed with non-toxic ink. Also, use a simple flour and water glue, which is safe for pets.

Wood

Many wooden objects, such as spoons, blocks, and ladders, are fine for your pet to nibble on. There are a few caveats here, however. Avoid anything that is covered in paint, varnish, stain, glitter, or other decorative substances. You’ll also want to stay away from items with small parts, sharp edges, or dangling threads. Last but not least, try not to offer your pet pine or cedar objects, as they aren’t safe for small animals. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Ellicott City, MD vet clinic, for all of your pocket pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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