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3 Adorable Ways to Include Your Pocket Pet in the Holidays

Is your furry friend a pint-sized buddy? Gerbils, hamsters, mice, Guinea pigs and other tiny furballs can make adorable pets. Don’t leave your little buddy out of your holiday celebrations! While there may not be quite as many options for small animals, there are still some great ways to include your pocket pet in your seasonal traditions. In this article, a local Livonia, MI vet lists some great ways to include your miniature furkid in your holiday festivities.

Decorations

Don’t put tinsel, ornaments, or lights inside your little buddy’s habitat, as these things are very dangerous to little animals. However, you can string them along the outside of your furball’s cage. Just make sure that your pet’s decorations are well out of the reach of those tiny paws! You can also switch out your furry friend’s hidey-hole for one with a seasonal theme, or put decorative, holiday-themed backing on the outside of your tiny pal’s habitat. Another cute option is to look for eco-friendly, non-toxic wrapping paper for your pet to chew on or nest in. Always err on the side of caution: if you can’t confirm that the paper and dye are safe for your furry friend, it’s best to avoid it.

Photos

These little ones can take some adorable pictures! Put your gerbil in a small sleigh, or put a Santa hat on your hamster. You can also take photos of your four-legged buddy against a backdrop of pretty gifts, cards, or other seasonal decorations. Just make sure your tiny pal doesn’t eat his props!

Presents!

Treats and toys make great gifts for pocket pets! Each type of animal has different nutritional needs and food sensitivities, so be sure to do your research. Rabbits and Guinea pigs may enjoy some fresh hay or veggies stuffed into a paper lunch bag, tissue box, or even the cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll. Hamsters, on the other hand, may be delighted by a special treat of waxworms. As for playthings, safe chew toys, tunnel and mazes, and foraging toys are good options for these tiny furballs. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

All of us here at your Livonia, MI animal hospital want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please call us with any questions or concerns about your pocket pet’s care. We are here to help!

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