Holiday Gifts for Pocket Pets

With the holiday season in full swing, many people are crossing things off their to-do lists. Shopping is on many people’s agendas over the coming weeks. Don’t forget to pick up something for your pet! It’s easy to find gifts for dogs and cats, but what about smaller animals, like gerbils, hamsters, and Guinea pigs? We can help! Read on as a local Tipp City, OH vet lists some great gifts for pocket pets.


Many smaller pets have open-rooted teeth, so they need to chew constantly to prevent their choppers from getting too long. You can make many toys out of cardboard, paper, wood, or even wicker. There are a few caveats here, however. Never give your pet anything small or sharp, or anything with dangling ropes or threads, or anything painted, varnished, or dyed.


We suspect that treats would be at the top of the list for many of our furry patients. Your pint-sized buddy will definitely appreciate a special treat! Just stick to safe, healthy options. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Many tiny furballs really enjoy exploring tunnels and labyrinths. You can of course buy your pet a little maze, but you can also make them out of cardboard tubes or boxes, PVC pipe, or even paper mache. Just use paper printed with non-toxic ink and a simple flour and water glue mix.


Smaller animals always need little ‘homes’ to retreat to if they feel scared or just want to take a quiet nap. A new hide is a great gift for your furry friend! Some pets, like Guinea pigs, enjoy cozies, which are basically tiny sleeping bags.


Do you have a hamster? Your little buddy may appreciate a runabout. Just be sure to put safety first. Don’t leave Hammie in his exercise ball very long: about ten minutes is good. Always supervise your pet when he’s out and about, and make sure he doesn’t fall down any steps or roll into pools or puddles.

New Digs

While minimum cage size requirements vary a little bit, many little furballs would really appreciate upgrading to a new home. A bigger, better cage may be the best gift ever!

All of us here at Troy Animal Hospital, your Tipp City, OH vet clinic, want to wish you and your pet a wonderful and safe holiday season. Contact us anytime.

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