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Holiday Gifts For Exotic Pets

December 15 2019

The holiday season is upon us! As you start picking out gifts for friends and family members, don’t forget about your pet. There are lots of great gift options for dogs and cats. But what about other types of pets? Read on for some great exotic pet gift ideas from me, your local Marion, IA area vet.


Ferrets are very playful, and they love to burrow and tunnel. Anything that indulges these traits is going to make your little buddy happy. For toys, you can get your pet plastic balls, play sacks, bungee toys. Your ferret may also enjoy a new tent or hide box.


Chew toys may very well be at the top of your bunny’s wish list. You can also buy or make your pet an obstacle course, using boxes and storage totes. Or, make Floppy her own box castle! A bigger cage, or perhaps a tiny couch or bed, are also good options.


Chinchillas love to climb, so climbing branches are always good gifts for them. You can also offer your pet a special treat, such as dried rose hips or dandelion leaves. These guys also like chew toys, exercise wheels, hammocks, and hay wheels.

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are arboreal, meaning they live in trees. Anything that they can climb or hang from is a good bet for these little guys. Foraging globes, cage sets, and nesting pouches are also great choices, as are certain bird toys, like ladders and hanging toys. As for treats, offer your tiny buddy a fruit skewer, or a treat dispenser.


Reptiles usually aren’t as playful as other pets, and they aren’t necessarily going to be very interested in treats, aside from their normal meals. A new habitat is a great gift for many of our scaled and shelled pals. You can also get your pet a new hide box, or perhaps some cage decorations. If your animal friend likes to soak, a new soaking pool may make a great gift.


No matter what type of pet you have, only offer them safe, suitable gifts. Don’t give your animal companion anything small or sharp, or anything that could be toxic. Every animal has their own unique needs, so ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Happy Holidays! Please do not hesitate to contact me, your Marion, IA area veterinarian, with any questions about caring for your exotic pet.