Homemade Boredom Buster Treat Toy Ball for Pet Rats and Other Small Animals

homemade treat toy tutorial (using things you have right now!)

How to make a homemade boredom buster treat toy ball for pet rats, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas and more, with supplies you have at home right now!

Pet toys aren't cheap. Many of us spend a lot of money on toys, treats and enrichment for our pets, but pet toys don't have to be expensive and your pet will love them just as much!

Watch the instructional YouTube video here or continue below for the step-by-step picture instruction.

(You can watch Mr. Bender and Rattie Nonnie chewing into their homemade toy in the video at the end of this article!)

To make a homemade boredom buster treat toy, you'll need the following:

  • Cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tube

  • Paper towel (half of a piece) or tissues without inks, scents, or lotions

  • Scissors

  • Your pets favorite treats; I chose Yogies, candy coated sunflower seeds and freeze dried mealworms

pet rat treat toy supply list: yogies, sunflower seeds, and mealworms


1. Cut the cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tube into about ten slices (about 1/4" or 7mm thick). If you're using a paper towel tube, you'll be able to make two. It's easiest to just flatten the tube and cut across.

2. Cut three small squares of paper towel or tissue just big enough to wrap your treats in. Since I have three rats, I try to put enough that they can share if they open it together, but not so much one rattie will overeat if they open it themselves.

homemade treat toy ball

3. Wrap each treat up in the a paper square. There is no need to secure it with anything, just hold it closed.

homemade treat toy ball instructions

4. Hold all three wrapped treat packets together.

5. Place a ring from the cardboard paper roll around the packets. It will be too big, so fold the excess over. Do this with enough rings to cover the paper towel wrapped treats. I used four rings.

wrap the treats in the paper towel tube slices

6. Use the remainder of your paper towel or tissue to wrap around the first layer of rings. You'll want the wrapped package to fit inside the remaining rings snugly. The tighter the package is wrapped, the more difficult it is for your pet to break into it.

7. Place the remaining rings over the wrapped paper towel. I used the six remaining rings; use additional rings to add difficulty.

wrap the treat packet in the paper towel tube slices

boredom buster treat toy ball

That's it! Your boredom buster treat toy ball is done!

You can customize the treat ball to your pets' needs by using fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, oatmeal, raisins, cranberries, crackers, nuts, cereal, or other treats. Please choose whatever treat is SAFE for YOUR type of pet.

For rabbits, guinea pigs, prairie dogs, degu and chinchillas, you can use timothy hay in place of the paper towel.

Here is Rattie Nonnie and Mister Bender enjoying their home made toy!!

Thank you for reading,


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