Homemade hamster maze
Hamsters are nocturnal animals, meaning they have the most activity during the night while sleeping through the day. But among all, hamsters need to have daily exercises. The best way to give them joy and stimulate their natural instinct is to give them a maze.
You need to provide a hamster is a physical exercise routine to burn energy, better rest, and optimal health. You must know the basic concepts of hamster care, but among them is the topic of exercise because the animal is essential to be perfect and to live longer.
Hamsters must exercise to prevent them from becoming hangmen and to mimic the performance of what they would do to live in the wild. Lack of exercise for your hamster can lead to obesity and even paralysis in some hamsters.
It’s a snap to make a maze for your hamster from cardboard. All you need are scissors or a sharp utility knife, some glue and a supply of cardboard boxes. Use one large box as the frame, and glue cardboard strips to the bottom inside, forming the sides of the maze, in whatever configuration you prefer. Make the strips high enough that your hamster doesn’t merely climb over, and don’t make it so complicated he can never figure it out.
Play fair – make sure there is a solution and reward him with treats at the end. Add removable cardboard tubes or really small boxes with entry/exit holes cut in them as tunnels and rest stops, and move them around occasionally to keep him stimulated.
If you’re handy and want a more permanent maze, make it out of wood. Use a hardwood like oak, birch or walnut. Resinous woods like pine and cedar emit fumes that could make your hamster sick. Make a box and use short lengths of boards as the maze dividers — exactly as with the cardboard maze. To fasten them in place, use wood glue.
You can easily put together a maze for your hamster using cardboard tubes or empty plastic soft drink bottles. Cut the tops and bottoms of soft drink containers and cut a few small holes in the sides for ventilation – to keep your pet from over-heating – before joining those together with a flexible vinyl tape such as electrical tape. Cut and assemble cardboard tubes with ordinary scissors and white glue.
For a sturdier tube maze, join PVC pipes together by friction-fitting elbows and tees in various ways. Rearrange the joints every so often to keep your hamster interested. Remember to drill air holes in the PVC pipe before assembly.
If you have a new pet hamster, don’t just plop him down in the maze. True, hamsters need exercise and things to keep them from becoming bored, and mazes work well for both, but your new hamster needs time to get used to you first. If you put him in a maze in a large room, he may escape if he is unused to it or you.
Even after you bond, always supervise his activities in a safe way. Never put the maze on a table top or other high place where he could get hurt if he falls, and make his play area a safe and easily secured room with no gaps he could slip through under or around doors or windows, and no electrical wires within his reach that he could chew on and be shocked by.
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