Indoor Fun for Rodents

What a beautiful, long summer – but now the outdoor season for guinea pigs and Co. is coming to an end. But it doesn’t have to be boring indoors. There is enough rodent fun to buy or do handicrafts. We’ll tell you more.

Tight Cages and Stupid Hamster Wheels are Out

The days of cramped, low-irritation cages should long be over. Today there is (hopefully) a lot of space and great equipment for rodent fun. If you really want to have the hamster wheel, you should only set it up temporarily, because the animal only walks stupidly in the wheel, and on top of that, the joints and bones are badly strained. A few minutes walk a day is enough. After all, the two-legged friend doesn’t run continuously on the treadmill.

Fitness Equipment Can Be Bought or Tinkered With

Fitness equipment that is fun and gently keeps you fit is better. Bridges, footbridges, seesaws, ropes, ladders, tubes, and more can be bought or built in the right size for mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig, degu, chinchilla, and rabbit.

Climb, Run, Teeter, Crawl to Your Heart’s Content

Fasten a board to two support boards and provide the supports with flat crossbars – the bridge or the footbridge is ready, which can be easily conquered with the paws thanks to the struts on the supports. A lath on a round wooden piece makes it possible to rock carefree while having fun with rodents. A rustic ladder can be built from branches. Ropes are suitable for nets or climbing ropes with knots. Plastic or clay pipes from the hardware store become creeping pipes or tunnels.

Swinging and Chilling is a Hit

Athletes have to chill too. How about a swing seat? Pad one coconut half with plush fur or hamster wool, drill two holes in the top of the bowl for the cord, hang it up and you can start rocking.

Dig and Feast in the Ball Pit

For digging fans, not only a sandpit is suitable, but also a ball pit. They dig their way through the light balls and if they find something tasty on the ground, the digging adventure turns into active feeding: feasting with rodent fun and exercise is good for the slimline. Of course, the tunnel and the walkways can also be used for a feed track.

A Path for the Senses

A sensory path also fits into the rodent domicile: leaves, stones, earth, sand – the running surface changes again and again on a laid track. The groping paws, sniffing noses, curious eyes, and listening ears are happy.

Species-appropriate Movement with Potential

With all suggestions, rodents move in a species-appropriate manner and you can expand the rodent fun with e.g. a hammock, agility hurdles, climbing rocks, climbing tree, podium for the bowl, or hanging devices for nibbling fun. Have fun in the indoor paradise!

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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