Holiday Gifts for Pocket Pets

Are you still working on your holiday shopping? Don’t forget to get something for your pet! It’s always easy to find cute gifts for dogs and cats, but what about smaller animals? Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet suggests some great gifts for pocket pets.


New toys are a great gift for any pet! You can buy toys, or just make your own out of many common household items. For instance, the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls can be cut into rings and then reassembled around a yummy snack. You can also crumple up sheets of paper into balls, and put them in a box or paper bag. Just be sure to keep your little pal’s safety in mind. Never give your pet anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads. Anything covered in varnish, dye, glitter, or paint is also unsafe.


Want to really pamper your pint-sized pal? Get a bigger, roomier cage! The minimum cage size requirements for your little buddy will depend on what type of pet you have, so ask your vet for recommendations. That said, bigger is always better when it comes to pet housing.


Many smaller pets, such as gerbils and hamsters, are burrowers in the wild, and love exploring tunnels and mazes. You can buy some, or you can make your own out of cardboard boxes or PVC pipe. You can use paper mache, too. Just use a simple flour and water solution for glue.


Some smaller pets really enjoy runabouts, or exercise wheels. These can make great gifts, but you will need to take some precautions. Never leave your pet unattended in his ball, and limit his excursions to about 10-15 minutes. Also, never use runabouts near stairs, fireplaces, or water.

Exercise Wheels

Many of these adorable little furballs love exercise wheels. Just be sure to get a solid one. Wire wheels can hurt your pet’s tiny paws, and can also cause tail injuries in some pets.


Little animals need to have a hidey-hole, somewhere they can go when they feel nervous or just want to nap quietly. Get your pet a new hide box. A tiny pet tent, hammock, or cozy is also a good bet.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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