Homemade Hamster Playgrounds

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Homemade Hamster Playgrounds
Combine common household materials to create fun, multidimensional playgrounds. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Spend the afternoon constructing a homemade playground for your furry little friend. Then sit back and enjoy watching his whiskers twitch with delight as he explores his new environment. This thoughtful project need not bust your budget. Simply search your home for usable materials such as unused shoe or white cardboard shirt boxes and get creative. Ensure your hamster lives to enjoy life past a single visit into his new playground by always staying nearby while he runs around and plays.

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Recycle Unused Train Systems

Recycle those old toys your kids never play with anymore and construct a lively, fun playground for your furry friend. You can use the top of a model train table as a base for this option. Tables of this nature typically have built-in sides that are high enough to prevent most hamsters from jumping out of the enclosure. The train-related buildings, bridges and tracks offer places for the hamster to climb and explore. Set up building structures from other play town systems for additional recreation opportunities.

Tubes, Tunnels and Coconuts

Look no farther than to various products in your home and your produce drawer when searching for materials to build a hamster playground. Collect cardboard tubes from paper products as well as aluminium foil and clear cling film boxes after they are empty. Pair these items with coconuts to give your hamster hours of adventure. Use a cardboard box as the base for this playground; tear off the top pieces so you can easily place items inside. Position cardboard rolls, one up against another, continuing until you've successfully created a tunnel system that you think your hamster will enjoy. Drill a hole into your coconut, drain the liquid inside and scoop out the flesh making an opening large enough to house your hamster. Stagger tubes and coconuts to create a fun maze.

Pool Play Land

Create a simple and fun play land for your hamster by using a round plastic swimming pool typically enjoyed by children in their backyards. An inflatable ring pool is another option; however, watch your hamster closely as he can gnaw his way through the vinyl and escape. Spread bedding or wood chips around the entire interior. This encourages your hamster to burrow in and get comfortable in the space. If you have a hamster wheel, place it in the centre of the pool and add other toys if desired. When traditional pet accessories are not available you can place a shoebox in the setting for him to climb into. Hide treats or food kernels throughout the playground and watch your hamster search for them.

Race Car Mania

Create a lively roller coaster-type maze for your hamster to explore by using kids' racetrack systems. Take various tracks apart and reconnect them to one another again with tape on the backsides. This step offers you to build your own track shapes. Add bridges, toy garages or a short-sided tool box so your hamster can climb up and down as well as have various points of interest to scurry in and out of while exploring his new habitat.

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