Toys for hamsters
Hamsters living in the wild are constantly on the move. They are forced to seek food, run away and hide from enemies. For domestic animals there is no need for this – there is food, there are no attacks by predators. But life in safety and prosperity does not relieve hamsters of the need for activity. So that the pet does not “swim in fat” and remains awake and healthy, it is necessary to provide him with the right leisure. The best option is active games. Special devices are called upon to help in their organization.
Toys for animals should be focused on finding food and movement. These tasks can be combined in one multifunctional device, or distributed among different devices – monofunctional.
The first include devices containing a "hard to reach" treat. To get to the tasty prize, the hamster will have to try – run, dig, climb, etc. These are any constructions where you can hide refreshments for the furry champion. Even stairs are included in this category, since the prize can be placed on the top step.
Other toys, in which there is no place for hiding treats, are exclusively sports simulators – these are running wheels, etc. Of course, multifunctional toys can be used only as exercise equipment. But it is important to remember that the animal must have an incentive to practice. But a better incentive than the alluring aroma of a treat for a hamster cannot be found.
Homemade Hamster Toys
It’s easy to create interesting toys for the animal yourself from various materials at hand. In addition to safety, there are no requirements – complete freedom of creativity.
Tasty "walnut" staircase
From the empty shells of several walnuts you can make a great toy for your pet. In addition to empty half-shells, it is necessary to prepare in advance:
- thin clove with a sharp end;
- strong thread with the height of the cell;
- The washer is medium in size.
In all prepared half-shells, you need to carefully make a hole in the center. This is done by hammering a nail (you do not need to leave it in the resulting hole). Through the holes, it is necessary to thread the thread so that peculiar beads are obtained from the shells. An important nuance – all halves should be turned in one direction, with the exception of the latter. In the upright position, the beads look like a pile of bowls standing on a tubercle.
A washer is tied to the end of the thread emerging from the last (lower) shell, so that the thread is firmly fixed and the structure does not fall apart. The upper end of the thread is tied to the "ceiling" of the cell so that the lower shell lies at the bottom, but the "beads" do not sag. In all the resulting bowls, you need to put a treat for the hamster. Climbing the structure, the pet at each stage of "conquering the summit" will pick up a delicious prize.
The height of the structure is required to comply with the measure. Hamsters scramble perfectly, but they just go down by jumping. Therefore, you should not use more than a few nuts from a shell for a single structure. In addition, it is important to provide the pet with a soft landing – the litter in the area of the toy should be thickened.
Cardboard ball with a surprise
From cardboard sleeves from toilet paper, you can make a kind of hamster "Kinder surprise." In fact, this is a ball inside of which a delicacy is hidden. It is well suited as a multifunctional toy for hamsters of Dzungarian hamsters and other tiny breeds. Dimensional animals like the Syrians will deal with the toy faster than necessary. All that is required to make this useful homemade product:
The bushings are cut into identical rings. 5 rings are obtained from a standard sleeve – usually as many as are required for one toy. Two rings crosswise pass one into the other. A delicious reward is placed inside, then another ring is put on top and more – until the cardboard ball becomes dense.
The toy is ready. She will carry away the little fidget researcher for a long time. The hamster will “chase” this ball, will surely try it on the tooth, and so, until it reaches the final goal, it will take out a treat.
To entertain a hamster with benefits for his health can help the sandbox. The animal will satisfy at home the natural needs for digging and digging, and it will simply be pleasant to tinker in the sand. Nothing special is needed to create a toy – you just need to fill some container with sand. Ideally, pre-place the treat at the bottom. A small "treasure hunter" will definitely get to him, during which he moves and even brushes his coat.
Other activities for DIY hamsters
Hamsters are great climbers. But going down for them is a fall. These two features should be considered when creating DIY entertainment for hamsters. Slides, swings, stairs, bridges, etc. are perfect as attractions. The main requirement for toys is safety. The height of any structure should be such that, falling from it, the pet will not be injured. Neither stairs nor slides should be steep – a smooth descent is required.
You can make a slide from a plastic bottle cut along a plastic bottle – its flexibility will allow you to create the desired slope. The main thing is to securely fix it and paste over the places of cuts.
From wooden sticks from ice cream you can build a beautiful durable bridge. To do this, you will need:
- sticks – about three dozen;
- rounded bowl;
- clothes pegs;
- glue (only non-toxic).
Six of the prepared sticks are placed in boiling water for 15 minutes, after which the wet heated sticks are gently bent so that each takes the form of a quarter circle. In this form, you need to put them in a bowl and, pressing against the walls, fasten the clothespins to the edge. Allow the sticks to dry completely. After that, you can get to work.
Two bent sticks are pushed together to form a semicircle. The place of their connection from below is fixed by gluing a third. The same manipulations are done with three other curled sticks. The result is two arches – these are the pillars of the future bridge. The remaining straight sticks are glued to these parallel-placed arched bases like the crossbars of the bridge.
In a manner similar to the last step, a swing for a hamster is made. In addition, only strong beads will be needed to suspend the structure. Do-it-yourself hamster stairs are also quick and easy to make. Across the longitudinal bases, the rungs are glued. Moreover, the ladder for the pet can be made both from sticks of ice cream and from ordinary thick cardboard. Complementing them with a strong rope, you can make a suspension bridge.
Toys for the pet do not have to be placed strictly within the cage. A separate playground will result in even greater joy for the pet and its health benefits. Regardless of what will act in this capacity – a large box or something else, the game room for the hamster must be fenced, otherwise the fluffy fugitive will have to be caught all over the house.
Equipping an entertainment zone for a pet, it is worthwhile to include in its arrangement both specialized toys (a running wheel, tunnels, a sandbox, bridges, etc.), as well as simple objects that are safe for a hamster and are suitable as a sports equipment. For example, the animal is happy to climb cubes from children’s sets. If possible, you can place a labyrinth or obstacle course on the site.
A separate game for the hamster from the home should be equipped with a feeder and a drinking bowl. A flashing animal needs the opportunity to reinforce its strength at the right time. A bed will not be superfluous, so that the fluffy could rest. But if you wish, you can put a hammock in the play area instead.
Rules for making homemade hamster toys
Toys should be useful and not harm, so the main requirement for them is safety. They should not have anything that could injure the pet – no sharp parts sticking out, etc. All materials used – from the base to the glue – should be safe and non-toxic.
With your own hands you can make a variety of useful toys for the hamster. You should not approach the issue of organizing leisure activities of your favorite “through the sleeves”. A variety of sports and game shells will help maintain the health of the pet for many years and will not let him get bored.