- Use your body!
Let your buddy crawl on you, and it will let him get to know you better by allowing him to feel and smell you. Hamsters can recognize your voice and scent, so this will be a great bonding experience
- Make toys for your hamster
There are lots of DIY hamster stuff that you can create and watch your hamster play with. You can easily make something for your little buddy by reusing old cardboard and paper tubes or if you’re up to it, try making a platform for your pet
- Build a hamster fort with Puzzle Playground pieces
These are plastic pieces that can be combined to create different designs — kind of like Lego but made specially for small pets. You can get the Puzzle Playground here
- Make homemade hamster treats
Combine a few hamster-safe human food in this list and come up with your own recipe for a homemade hamster treat. Your hamster will no doubt have a great time gobbling it up. You can also find lots of pre-made recipes in the book, “Happy Hamster”
- Put the hamster in a hamster ball, and watch him run around like crazy
Make sure he is in a safe area to roam around freely and don’t put him in the ball for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time to prevent tiring out your pet
- Take your hamster outside and let him run around in the grass
You’ll need a play pen or a fence to prevent your hamster from escaping. Keep a close eye on him (even with the fence) to make sure he is safe and sound. Alternatively, bring the hamster ball outside!
- Set up an obstacle course!
Use toilet paper rolls, Legos, or anything you want. This is the time to let your creativity shine to make a fun maze for your hamster. Put a small treat at the finish line, and your buddy will love you for it
- Have a photoshoot
Put your hamster in a small toy car or train. Put a few seeds in it so he can enjoy the ride while having a snack, then shoot away. You can set up all sorts of props besides cars and trains too. Even an eggshell could work:
- Dress up your hamster…with cardboard!
Cardboard is really useful isn’t it? You can even do this:
- Teach your hamster a trick
Hamsters are smart creatures and can learn many cool tricks. Make sure to have treats to reward him, which will make him more willing to listen to you. When he knows a few different tricks, put on a show for your friends.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your hamster?
Got ideas for other fun things to to with your hamster? Share them with everyone in the comments section below 🙂