DIY Gerbil Toys

Did you know that your Cedar Park home is probably already stocked with items you can use to make cheap DIY toys for your pet gerbil? Store bought toys are fine, but you can save money by supplementing them with homemade toys. Many things you keep on hand in your home can make great toys for your gerbil. Using DIY toys may also allow you to change out your gerbil’s toys more often, which will make your furry little friend’s cage much more interesting for him.

Here are a few ideas:

Cardboard Products

Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, pasta boxes, and other cardboard products can be lots of fun for your little pet. Gerbils love to chew, and many of these cardboard items make great chew toys. You can also use them to make tunnels, mazes, and hidey-holes.

Terracotta Pots

Terracotta pots can make excellent little hiding homes for your pet gerbil. Just be sure they are thoroughly cleaned. If they were used for planting, you can sterilize them by baking them in the oven on a cookie sheet.

Wicker Baskets and Crafts

Small wicker baskets can be hung from the top of your gerbil’s cage or simply placed within it. Bury a few treats in the basket to make this a fun play palace for your little pet. Woven crafts that are in the shapes of circles or hearts can also be fun for your gerbil to explore and play on.

Soup Cans

You can use old soup or food cans to make little tunnel mazes for your pet. Just smooth down any sharp edges, and thoroughly clean the cans before giving them to your little buddy. You can attach several end-to-end to make a little tunnel, or get creative and use them to create a maze.

Egg Containers

Egg containers can also be lots of fun for a little gerbil. Hide some treats in a few of the cups, and let your little friend explore and search each one.

When creating DIY toys for your pet gerbil, be sure only to give your pet items that have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. You’ll want to make sure everything is clean and free of rough edges. You’ll also want to avoid products with thick varnish or paint, as you don’t want your pet ingesting these materials if he decides to chew up his new toy. Avoid anything made of pine or cedar, as these materials can be dangerous for pocket pets.

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