Homemade Gifts For Pets

The holidays are coming up quick! As you start thinking about what you’re going to get your loved ones, don’t forget about your pet! Santa Claws will be dropping off lots of toys, treats, and new beds for many of our patients over the next few months. Of course, pets need—and appreciate—these things all year. If you want to save money, you may want to consider making your pet’s things. Read on as an Aurora, CO vet lists some homemade gifts for pets.


Does your canine buddy love playing Tug O War? Make Fido a rope toy by cutting a tee shirt or towel into thin strips. You can use a few different ones, all of various colors, to make it look nicer. Braid the strips together, and then braid those braids together. Then, tie it off in a big knot. Voila! You can also try different variations of this. Make your cute pet’s toy into a ring, or string a tennis ball onto it.


Kitties are super playful, and they certainly keep us entertained with their silly antics. Of course, our feline pals are never more fun to watch than when they have catnip. Grow your own catnip, and turn a baby sock—or any small piece of material—into a kitty toy. Sew it together, leaving a small hole to put catnip through. Stuff the catnip in, and then close it up. You can also make your kitty a cat tower by repurposing an old stepladder, storage rack, or bookcase. Add smooth boards, so your furball has some lounging spots. Then, just wrap the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope, and tell Fluffy to stay off it. Chances are, she’ll jump right on!

Pocket Pets

Bunnies, gerbils, hamsters, Guinea pigs, and other small pets all have one thing in common: open rooted teeth, which never stop growing. These little guys need to chew continuously to keep their teeth from getting too long. You can make tons of great chew toys out of cardboard or plain paper. Stuff the tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls with fresh herbs, grass hay, or plain, shredded paper. You can also make little mazes out of cardboard boxes or even paper mache.

Do you have any questions about your animal companion’s health or care? Contact us, your Aurora, CO vet clinic, today!

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