As the holiday season approaches, many people are deciding on what presents to get for their friends, family members, and, of course, their pets. If you have a dog or cat, there are plenty of options available in pet stores, but smaller animals are a bit more difficult to shop for. We can help! In this article, a Lawrenceville, GA veterinarian offers some great holiday gift ideas for pocket pets.
Most of these little furballs love to chew. In fact, chewing is very important for many pocket pets, as they can develop serious dental problems if they don’t chew enough. Wood, wicker, straw, paper, and cardboard items can all be lots of fun for your tiny pal. Just be sure to avoid items that have been varnished, stained, or dyed, as well as anything with small parts or sharp edges that could choke or cut your pet.
Most small animals love having a little home to snuggle up in when it’s time for a nap, or when they feel frightened. Consider getting your pet an adorable new hidey-hole, or a cozy pet tent.
There are lots of fun foraging toys you can buy or make for your pet. These can be as simple as crumpling up a piece of paper around a yummy treat, or stuffing some Timothy hay into the cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll.
Many pocket pets love mazes! Get or make your furball a little labyrinth. You can make one out of paper mache, using flour, water, and tissue paper over a cardboard base. You can also use PVC pipe, or even shoeboxes.
Treats are a great option for these adorable guys. Every pet has different nutritional requirements, so check with your vet for recommendations. For instance, if you have a hamster, your little pal may enjoy waxworms as a special treat. Bunnies, on the other hand, may prefer a special salad.
When it comes to pocket pet housing, bigger is always better. Consider upgrading your tiny furball’s housing, and getting a bigger habitat for the little one. If you don’t have a lot of floor space, look into a cage that offers a second story with ramp access.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Lawrenceville, GA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.