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Entertaining Your Pocket Pet

Do you have a hamster, gerbil, Guinea pig, or bunny for a pet? These adorable little furballs make wonderful animal companions! One reason many people enjoy smaller pets is that they are so easy to care for. Providing your tiny buddy with a clean comfy cage and proper food will see to their basic needs. However, living in a cage can be dull, so it is very important to make sure your pet has entertainment options! Here, a local Cameron Park, CA vet discusses entertaining your pocket pet.

Chew Toys

Most smaller pets have open-rooted teeth, and will develop painful dental problems if they can’t chew enough. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items can make great chew toys. You can also give your pet plain paper: crumple a sheet up into a ball, shred it, or fold it into shapes. Look online for more great DIY ideas.

Mazes

Pocket pets often love exploring mazes and labyrinths. You can buy mazes in pet stores: just be sure to choose one that is the right size for your little pal. You can also make your own out of PVC pipe or cardboard tubes and boxes.

Exercise Wheels

Exercise wheels can be great fun for these little guys! Just be sure to choose solid ones. Wire wheels are quite dangerous, as they can cause serious paw and tail injuries.

Runabouts

Some hamsters really enjoy their runabouts! Just be sure to put safety first. Choose the right size runabout, and always supervise your furry pal when he’s in his exercise ball. Don’t leave him in there too long: about 10-15 minutes is fine. Make sure your pet is on flat ground, in a place where there is no chance of him rolling down stairs or into a puddle. Last but not least, remember to clean and disinfect the runabout after every use. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Safety

Always put safety first. Never give your little buddy anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads or ropes. Be careful with materials as well: don’t offer your tiny furball toys that could potentially be toxic, or anything covered in paint, varnish, glitter, or dye, or. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about pocket pet care? Please contact us, your Cameron Park, CA animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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