Do you have a bunny, hamster, Guinea pig, or gerbil? These little furballs make wonderful pets! One thing that that many of these pocket pets have in common is the fact that they need to chew a lot. Otherwise, they can develop some very painful and dangerous dental problems. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune on toys. Read on for some great DIY toy options from a Santa Rosa, CA vet.


Plain paper is safe for your furry buddy to nibble on. Send some through a shredder, and put the pieces in a tissue box, shoebox, or paper bag. You can also give your pet crumpled-up pieces of plain paper. (Tip: put a little treat inside to make this even more fun for your miniature furball.) Want to keep the kids occupied for a little while? Have them fold paper into shapes, or make snowflake chains.

Box Castles

Want to really spoil your pet? Make them a little box castle! Just don’t be surprised if they eat their new home.


Cardboard can also be very useful. You can use the tubes from paper towel or toilet paper rolls in a variety of ways. One option is to cut them into little rings and then reassemble the rings as little balls. You can also fold the tubes into envelopes, or stuff them with fresh herbs.


Smaller animals love exploring tunnels and mazes. Cardboard boxes are great for this! You can also make labyrinths out of PVC pipe or paper mache.

Wooden Items

Many wood items, such as wooden spoons, thread spools, and children’s blocks, are safe for pocket pets. Just avoid giving your little buddy pine or cedar, or anything covered in paint, varnish, glitter, or dye.

Treat Toys

Treat toys are also very popular with our furry pals. For a bunny or Guinea pig, hang some safe veggies from a piece of twine strung between chairs. You can also stuff a paper lunch stack with fresh herbs. Just be sure to only offer foods that are safe for your pet. Ask your vet for more information.


Always put your pet’s safety first. Never give your pint-sized pal anything small or sharp, or anything with dangling threads.

Please contact us, your local Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, for all your tiny pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to offering great care.