Decorating Your Pocket Pet’s Cage for the Holidays

At this time of year, many of us are hanging seasonal decorations to give our homes that special holiday feel. If you have a gerbil, hamster, mouse, bunny, or another small furball for a pet, there are some adorable ways to include your furry pal in your holiday decorating. In this article, a local Indianapolis, IN vet offers a few tips on decorating your pocket pet’s cage for the holidays.


Backdrops are a fun way to give your furball’s home some holiday cheer. You can use wrapping paper, holiday placemats, or other decorative items. Just be sure to hang these things on the outside of the cage, well out of your tiny pal’s reach.


Small animals should all have little homes they can go into when they feel frightened or want some privacy for a nap. Consider swapping your pet’s regular home for a cute holiday-themed one. You can find adorable little igloos in stores. Or, use a soft seasonal material and make your little furball a cute holiday pet tent or cozy, which is basically a sleeping bag for tiny animals.


While you should never give your little pal anything they could possibly choke on or get tangled in, plain wooden objects, such as a wooden tree or snowflake ornament, are fine. Just be sure to avoid anything that is covered in glitter, paint, varnish, or dye, or anything made from pine or cedar. Always err on the side of caution: if you can’t verify that something is safe for your tiny furball, it’s best to avoid it.


Tinsel, ornaments, and lights can be very dangerous to pocket pets, so never hang them inside your furball’s cage. That said, you can decorate along the outside. Just be sure to you place things in spots your little pal can’t reach.

Paper and Cardboard

Many of these little ones need to chew. Plain paper is safe for pocket pets to chew. Why not make your little furball a paper snowflake chain? You can also cut cute holiday shapes out of plain paper. Make a small snowman out of paper balls, or cut out some pine tree silhouettes.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about your pocket pet’s health or care. As your local Indianapolis, IN animal hospital, we are here to help!

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