Pocket pets may be small but they are full of energy, curiosity, and intelligence. To keep them healthy and happy it is important to provide them with activities to engage both their body and their mind.
Exercise wheels, exercise balls, and plenty of floor time are all great ways for critters to stay in shape and exercise their curiosity., just make sure to follow these suggestions to keep your furry friend safe:
Only allow them free range floor time in a safe space where there is nothing dangerous for them to chew on, nothing they might knock over and hurt themselves with, and no tight spaces you won't be able to get them back out of. Much like little kids pockets pets will get into just about anything if you let them.
Wheels can be left in critter cages for them to use whenever they are in the mood to exercise but make sure they are the right size for their body. If a wheel is to small it can injure their back and cause serious complications.
It is best to get a wheel with a solid bottom, tails and feet can both get caught in wire mesh.
Exercise balls should only be used under supervision. Since they are made of plastic it is possible for critters to get overheated while running in which case they will need to be taken out for some fresh air.
Balls also tend to get messy if your critter is not completely potty trained and will need to be cleaned out after every outing.
Balls and exercise wheels are not suitable for every kind of pocket pet; Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, and Sugar Gliders have unique skeletal structures that don't fit well inside a small ball.
Playtime activities are a great way to get to know your pet and is an important part of building a solid bond.