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DIY Pocket Pet Toys

September 15 2018

Do you have a hamster, gerbil, rabbit, or Guinea pig? Smaller pets aren’t as popular as dogs and cats, but they have some very dedicated fans, and with good reason. These little guys make adorable pets! One thing that these ‘pocket pets’ have in common is a need to chew. You can of course buy your pet’s toys, but you can also make them out of ordinary household items. A Crown Point, IN vet lists some great DIY toys in this article.

Wooden Objects

Spoons, thread spools, and plain, unpainted wooden boxes can be lots of fun for your furry buddy. Just avoid giving your pet anything made of pine or cedar: they aren’t safe for small animals.


The tubes from toilet paper and paper towel rolls can be upcycled into a variety of fun toys. Cut one into ‘slices’ and then reassemble the pieces into a little ball. Or, arrange them into the shape of a pyramid. Another option is to fill them with fresh hay or safe herbs.


Tunnels and mazes are very popular with the pocket pet crowd. You can make a great labyrinth for your tiny pal out of PVC pipe, shoeboxes, or even paper bags with the ends cut off.


Save up some small boxes, and make a little castle for your pint-sized pal. This pocket pet palace can be as simple or elaborate as you like!


You can make several cute toys out of plain paper. Crumple a sheet up around a small snack. Or, shred some plain paper, and put it in a tissue box or paper lunch bag. Bury toys or treats under it to make it more fun. You can also cut or fold paper into specific shapes for your furry friend.

Hanging Toys

Get a piece of twine, and hang it between two chairs. Use clothespins to hang leafy greens from it. Just be sure to ask your vet for tips on safe and unsafe foods.


Many common items can be dangerous for little animals. Avoid giving your furry pal anything with small parts or sharp edges. Items with dangling threads are also on the no-no list, as is anything covered in paint, varnish, glitter, or dye.

Please contact us, your Crown Point, IN vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!