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Small pets need special care. Learn how to tend to your little four-legged friend with these Howcast videos, which include advice on taking care of rats, gerbils, sugar gliders, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, and water turtles.
You Will Need
- Non-sugary cereal
- Gerbil or hamster
- Duct tape (optional)
- Construction paper, stickers, or markers (optional)
Build the base
Lay out a flat piece of cardboard to use as the maze's floor; choose a piece as large as the labyrinth you want to make.
Cut 6-inch high strips from flat cardboard the same length and width as the maze floor. Glue the strips around the perimeter to create the structure's walls.
Design the maze
Draw a design for the labyrinth on the maze floor. Include divergent paths and dead ends to challenge your gerbil or hamster.
Build the maze
Cut additional 6-inch high cardboard strips and glue them over your design. Make sure all of the pieces are attached sturdily so your pet can run through the labyrinth without knocking them over.
Create holding pens
Cut 6-inch high cardboard strips sized to use as barriers that fit tightly in the path at the beginning and end of the maze; push them down into the path to create separate Start and Finish pens.
Add your pet
Place your gerbil or hamster in the Start pen and a few pieces of non-sugary cereal in the Finish pen. Then, lift up both barriers and watch your furry friend find their way.