DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Do you have a pint-sized pet? Hamsters, gerbils, Guinea pigs, and bunnies may not be as popular as cats and dogs, but they are all super cute and can make wonderful pets. One thing these smaller animals have in common is open-rooted teeth. This means that your pet’s tiny choppers will never stop growing. If your furry pal can’t wear them down by chewing, he could develop painful dental issues. You don’t have to spend a fortune keeping your little buddy’s toy box full, however: there are lots of great chew toys you can make yourself. An Aurora, CO vet lists some DIY chew toys below.

Cardboard Tubes

The cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls can make great playthings for your little buddy. Cut one into rings, and reassemble it around a yummy snack. Or, stuff one with fresh hay or herbs, and give it to your furry friend as a treat.


There are lots of ways to make plain sheets of paper into cute playthings for your tiny pet. Cut out little shapes for your tiny furball. You can also shred paper and put the strips into an empty paper bag or tissue box for your furry friend to play with. A crumpled up single sheet of paper can make a fun toy. Paper grocery bags can also be upcycled into pocket pet toys.

Wooden Items

Many wooden items can make great chew toys. Spoons, children’s blocks, and wooden shapes can be lots of fun for your cute pet to nibble on. Just be sure to only use safe woods. You’ll also want to be sure to clean wooden items carefully before giving them to your adorable pal. Ask your vet for more information.


Many of these little ones really enjoy exploring mazes and tunnels. You can make your furry friend a labyrinth out PVC pipe, tissue boxes, or shoe boxes. You can also create a paper-mache tunnel. Just be sure to use only non-toxic materials.


Always keep safety in mind. Avoid giving your pet anything with small parts, loose threads, or sharp edges, as well as anything coated in glitter, varnish, or paint. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for a pocket pet? Call us! As your Aurora, CO animal clinic, we are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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