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DIY Pocket Pet Toys

Here at Oakridge Animal Clinic, we enjoy helping animals of all breeds and sizes, from teeny-tiny mice to giant dogs. Smaller pets aren’t as popular as dogs and cats, but they still make wonderful animal companions. Just like bigger pets, these guys need toys and entertainment in order to thrive. We’re here to help! Read on as a local London, ON vet offers tips on making toys for your tiny buddy.

Paper

Paper is safe for pocket pets. You can put shredded copy paper into a shoebox for your furry friend, or crumple up pieces and put them in a paper bag. If you have kids, have them make paper chains or snowflakes. You can even try your hand at origami trees!

Wood

Many wood and wicker items can be upcycled into chew toys. Things like wooden spools, spoons, and blocks can make great playthings. However, not all wood products are suitable for pets. Avoid hardwoods, like pine and cedar, and anything covered in varnish, paint, or glitter. Also, make sure any wooden toys have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Cardboard

Cardboard is actually great for pets with open-rooted teeth to chew on. You can make many different toys out of the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls. Slice one into rings, and then reassemble the rings into the form of a small ball. Or, make a pyramid out of them, and stuff them with fresh hay or herbs. You can also fold them into a little envelope, and put a yummy treat inside.

Boxes

You can make some really cute little mazes out of cardboard boxes. Or, fill one with fresh hay or herbs. Another thing you can do is make your little buddy a tiny castle. Just remove staples, tape, and labels first. (Your pet may eat their palace, but that’s ok.)

Labyrinths

Another option to make mazes is to create them out of PVC pipes. You can also use paper mache. Just be sure to use newspaper made with non-toxic ink. For glue, use a simple flour-and-water solution.

Tips

Always keep your pet’s safety in mind. Never give your pint-sized pal anything with sharp edges or small parts. Items with dangling ropes or threads are also dangerous. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe toys.

Please reach out to us, your London, ON vet clinic, today. We’re here to help!

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