Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Hamsters and Gerbils

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December 15, 2021🞄

Updated: December 4, 2023

 

Hamsters and gerbils are active, inquisitive creatures, as many pet parents know. Both companion species have instinctual behaviors that need to be consistently supported through enrichment activities to maintain their mental and physical wellbeing. These behaviors include:

  • Exploring – Toys for hamsters and gerbils that foster exploration will satisfy your little one’s need to discover by providing ample opportunities to poke in and around toys to forage for treats and food.
  • Playing –  Just like people, hamsters and gerbils need to have fun! Providing opportunities to play offers the mental stimulation they need, and providing hamster accessories that promote play helps you support their natural instincts.
  • Chewing – If chewing was a sport, small mammals would be Olympic gold medalists–especially hamsters and gerbils! Chewing helps wear down your pet’s ever-growing incisors, and providing your gerbil or hamster chew toys allows them to engage in this important behavior.
  • Hiding – Supporting your small pet’s prey instincts by strategically placing spots to hide is a great way to make your hamster or gerbil feel safe and protected.

Supporting these behaviors is easier than you think. Here are our top 10 toys and enrichment accessories for hamsters and gerbils!

 

1. Run & Hide

hamster on a run and hide

Great For: Playing and Hiding

You can’t think about hamster toys without thinking about hamster wheels. Wheels and saucers can be great for your hamster’s physical health, but not all wheels are equal in quality. We recommend using a non-metal wheel, and avoid wheels with spokes or holes in the tread in order to avoid gaps where your pet’s legs may get stuck and injured. Even better: switch to a saucer!

Our Run and Hide is not only a quiet alternative to noisy metal wheels, but also allows your pet to 1) run to their little heart’s content, and 2) hide when they’re tuckered out after a busy day. The Run and Hide comes in 3 sizes. Make sure to pick the right size for your hamster’s breed and size.

 

2. Apple Rounds

Great For: Playing and Chewing 

Our Apple Rounds are the perfect hamster chew toys! Made from high quality corrugate and untreated apple sticks, Apple Rounds are composed of 2 very popular safe-to-chew materials that hamsters and gerbils love. Just make sure to stock up on this favorite for those especially heavy chewers. 

 

3. Garden Dig Box 

gerbil using garden dig box

Great For: Exploring, Playing, and Chewing

If your hamster or gerbil needs a foraging puzzle, check out the Garden Dig Box. The Garden Dig Box contains a variety of interesting colors and textures to experience while they dig their way to the concealed treats or fortified food you carefully hid. Plus, the woven balls included in the dig box provide the perfect number of larger obstacles to work around as they forage.  

 

4. Burrow Box 

hamster in a burrow box

Great For: Exploring, Playing, and Hiding

Hamster and gerbils are big fans of burrowing! The materials in our Burrow Box make it one of the better hamster enrichment toys, perfect for digging, nesting, and creating tunnels within or outside of the accompanying box. Try linking multiple boxes together to create a larger area for your hamster or gerbil to explore.

 

5. Timothy Hay Square

Great For: Exploring, Chewing, and Hiding

The Timothy Hay Square acts not only as a fun tunneling and chewing opportunity, but can also make a great hideout! Add a safe, species-appropriate nesting material to turn this into the coziest hideaway for your little one. 

 

6. Customizable Play Place (small) 

hamster in a customizable play place

Great For: Exploring, Playing, Chewing, and Hiding

The small Customizable Play Place is one of the best hamster toys out there! This playground can provide tons of fun, supervised playtime for your little one. Made of safe-to-chew corrugate, you can customize the maze’s set up with its easy-to-assemble panels. The roof can be added to create the perfect hiding spot for your hamster or gerbil, or it can be removed when it’s time to place your pet back into their enclosure.

The Customizable Play Place can be used with or without the addition of other Enriched Life products. Rotating at least a couple of well-placed hamster accessories in the play place can create novel and interesting enrichment opportunities for your pet. 

 

7. Wooden Puzzler

Great For: Exploring, Playing, and Chewing 

While this puzzle may be large compared to the size of your hamster or gerbil, that won’t stop them from searching for morsels hidden underneath the wooden cups! The Wooden Puzzler is made from high quality, natural wood and provides ample opportunities to hide your pet’s favorite treats or fortified food

 

8. Timothy Hut (small)

hamster in a timothy hut

Great For: Chewing and Hiding

Every day can feel like a mini-vacation when you have a hideout this fun! Our small Timothy Hut is made from Timothy Hay and is safe for hamsters and gerbils to chew. As with all products, make sure that your pet is not eating their Timothy Hut in large amounts. If you find your pet is prone to eating their Timothy Hut more than resting under its roof, remove it and provide an alternative hiding spot.

 

9. Prime Cut Hay (check out the box!)

hamster in a prime cut hay hearty and crunchy box

Great For: Exploring and Hiding 

While it might seem a little odd that we’re recommending this product for hamsters and gerbils, hear us out: hay can be a wonderful, natural nesting material. And what’s better than a comfy nesting material packaged in a comfy box? Our new Prime Cut Hays are created with enrichment, foraging, and hiding in mind. We recommend supervising your little one with hay first to make sure that they are not consuming gratuitous amounts of fiber before offering it as a nesting material in their enclosure. 

Pet Parent Tip: When your pet has used up the Timothy Hay in the Prime Cut Hay box, try a bag of our Oat Hay as a box refill. Oat Hay contains tasty, energy-packed seed heads that hamsters and gerbils love to munch on!

 

10. Celebration Cupcake

gerbil playing with celebration cupcake

Great For: Playing and Chewing 

Can you imagine having a cupcake the size of your body? We can’t either, but with the Celebration Cupcake you can make this a reality for your hamster or gerbil (sans all the frosting). The Celebration Cupcake is made from several popular chewing materials and will likely last a while even for the heavier chewers in your household. It’s also really cute!

 

Other Enrichment Options for Hamsters and Gerbils

Do you want more fun and enriching toys and accessories for your hamster or gerbil? View our full Enriched Life product line.

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