Some people think of hamsters as rather boring pets. However, when properly cared for and given plenty of enrichment they’re extremely amusing to watch. But that’s not all you can do with a hamster–there are tons of fun activities you can do with your hamster to have fun together.
1. Redecorate their Cage
Redecorating your hamster’s cage can be super fun. Watching them explore a new environment is entertaining, and trying to match your cage to a certain theme using bedding colors, toys, and more adds to the fun.
2. Make Puzzles for Them to Solve
Making puzzles for your hamster is not only fun to do, but fun to watch them figure out! From paper tube puzzles to elaborate wooden forage boxes, there are tons of fun puzzles you can create. Entice your hamster to solve it by using treats and food!
3. Make Toys for Them
You can make tons of fun toys for your hamster. Even just Popsicle sticks will take you a long way in terms of what you can create! Try finding fun toy ideas and making them for your pet.
4. Make Hideouts for Them
5. Fun with Mazes
You can create mazes for your hamster to solve out of paper towel/toilet paper tubes, cardboard, Popsicle sticks, and just about anything else! Try making mazes for your hamster to test their navigation skills.
6. Free-range Time
If you have a safe room you can hamster-proof, let your hamster roam around free! Watching your hamster explore a new room can be super fun.
Just taking your hamster out to play can be super fun! Set up a playpen and watch them play in a new area, let them crawl on you, or anything else you hamster wants to do!
8. Make them Treats
Try making some homemade treats for your hamster to try. I’ve made a playlist of treat recipes in the past, and they’re all good fun for both you and your hamster–who will get a tasty snack out of it.
9. Hang Out with Them
As long as your hamster wants to be out, just hang out with them while you do other things! Hang out with your hamster while you watch a show, do some work, or listen to music. Just make sure to keep an eye on them and let them go home when they’re done.
10. Have a Photo Shoot
Have a little hamster photo shoot with your pal. Nice photos of hamsters are difficult to take since they move so quickly. However, having a hamster photo shoot is a great way to take some!
11. Bring Them Outside in a Playpen!
If you have a yard that you know hasn’t been treated with chemicals, then bringing your hamster outside to play in the grass is perfectly safe. Make sure to use a secure playpen and supervise your hamster the entire time. It can be dangerous outside, but you can get some cute photos and your hamster might enjoy it so long as precautions are taken.
12. Teach Them Tricks
Believe it or not, you can teach many hamsters tricks. While it varies from hamster to hamster, many hamsters will enjoy the mental challenge. Here are some ideas from Troy Animal Hospital!
13. Make an Obstacle Course
You can make a hamster obstacle course by arranging toys or objects for your hamsters to crawl over, under, and through. Train them to run the course by leading them with a treat, or just watch them explore on their own!
In spite of their reputation, hamsters make great pets not only to watch but to play with. With a little creativity, you can come up with lots of fun things to do together. What do you like to do with your hamster?