DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Do you have a gerbil, hamster, Guinea pig, or mouse for a pet? These little guys are super cute, and really do make charming pets. One thing that is very important for these ‘pocket pets’ is making sure they always have plenty of chew toys. Store-bought options are fine, but you can also make your own. In this article, a Dallas, GA vet lists some great toys you can make for your furry little friend.

Plain Paper

Plain paper is at the top of our list, because it’s cheap, versatile, and, of course, completely safe. Shred some plain copy paper and put the strips in a shoebox or a paper grocery bag. Hide a few treats beneath it to make it even more fun. You can also just crumple a piece up around a snack, or fold some into shapes for your little buddy.


Many wooden objects, such as wooden spoons and thread spools, are safe to give your pint-sized pal. Just avoid anything made from hard woods, such as pine and cedar: these actually aren’t safe for small animals.


There’s almost no end to the things you can do with cardboard! Take the rolls from paper towel or toilet paper tubes, and stuff them with paper or fresh herbs. You can also make pyramid shapes out of them, or cut them into rings and reassemble them as balls. Or, fold them into envelope shapes around a yummy treat.


Many smaller animals are burrowers in the wild, which is why they are so fond of—and comfortable in—mazes and tunnels. Why not make your tiny miner his own labyrinth? You can use cardboard boxes, like the ones canned beverages come in. Shoeboxes will also work. If you want to go all-out, build one from PVC pipe. You can even use paper mache. Just choose a newspaper that use non-toxic ink, and stick with a simple flour-and-water mixture for glue. Also, make sure your pet’s maze is big enough. You don’t want the little guy getting stuck!


Whether you are buying or making toys, always put your pet’s safety first. Never give your furry friend anything covered in varnish, stain, glitter, or dye. You’ll also want to avoid items with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads.

Please contact us, your local Dallas, GA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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