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Make hamster toys yourself: great ideas for rodents

Hamster toys do not have to be expensive or complicated, but they do have to be appropriate and safe. It is about your rodent being able to keep busy in the cage and enclosure. The nice thing: Already with almost free materials and a few simple steps, many exciting toy ideas for hamsters succeed. Hamsters are curious and lively - therefore they need many employment opportunities in the form of furnishings and toys - Shutterstock / Ilyashenko Oleksiy

The rule applies to hamster toys: the more variety, the better. In order to guarantee your busy and curious fur nose a busy everyday life, you should always offer other toys. Reshape the hamster's surroundings regularly, but it is better to avoid major changes.

Hamster tunnels made from toilet paper rolls always go

It's as simple as it is ingenious: tunnels made from unwrapped kitchen or toilet paper rolls. You always have the material for this hamster toy in the house. Instead of throwing the rolls into the paper waste, you can easily build tunnels filled with paper or hay. You can glue them to a wooden floor with non-toxic (!) Glue and fill the inside with a little hay, paper or fragrant greenery. The alternative to the cardboard tunnel are wooden tubes, which you can buy both in the pet store or with a little manual skill.

There are more ideas for cardboard rolls in the video, where you can see how to make a hamster ball and a hamster seesaw yourself:

Make shoebox labyrinth for hamsters yourself

An exciting labyrinth requires a little more handicraft work, but can also be set up in no time at all. Take a few shoeboxes - four for example - and connect them to the side walls using kitchen or toilet paper rolls. To do this, cut round holes in the walls of the boxes for the entrances and exits and stick the rolls as "bridges" over which your rodent can then scurry. Be sure to provide several ways out of the shoebox labyrinth so that your hamster doesn't panic inside. The same applies here: Always use non-toxic glue only if the labyrinth elements are fixed on the floor. Tip: In order to make the labyrinth attractive, you can store some burrowing and building material (e.g. hay) in the shoe boxes and like to hide one or the other reward.

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Hammock: Make chilled hamster toys yourself

All you need for a hamster hammock is a cotton cloth and a few clothes pegs or a ribbon. Attach the cloth to the ceiling of the hamster cage using the clothespins (or ribbon) at all four corners. Very important: The chillout toy may only swing a little above the floor. Hamsters cannot estimate heights and would possibly injure themselves if they get out of a hammock that is installed too high. In addition, make sure that the construction is really firm and that the cloth cannot come loose at one corner as soon as the rodent jumps onto the hammock. You will see how much fun the hamster cheek dangles.

Buy hamster toys from specialist retailers

If you do not want to make hamster toys yourself, you can of course also choose from a wide selection in pet shops. There is everything a rodent's heart desires, from the hamster playground to the buddha tower to playhouses and Raschel caves. When purchasing, make sure that the selected toys have been tested for safety and that they contain no toxic substances. Finally, hamsters gnaw at everything that comes between their teeth.

There are even more ideas on how to keep your hamster busy in the following video:

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