We all love a good time. And yes, a really good time is just what you get swaying comfily on a hammock. That prized feeling of being weightless, suspended, and carefree…epic, isn’t it? But then you must have wondered if your pets fancy hammocks just as much as you do. Do pets really like hammocks?
Yes, but not all pets like hammocks. Pets like dogs, cats, and mice would fancy hammocks given their natural curiosity and their love for being elevated above the ground. But more withdrawn pets like ball pythons may not be that excited about hammocks given their distaste for climbing. That said, why is every pet may not be instantaneously enthusiastic about hammocks, if you patiently introduce them, the chances are high they would gradually become comfortable on hammocks and love them.
Having established that, let us dig further into the most popular household pets we have today and if each of these guys likes hammocks.
Do chameleons like hammocks?
A chameleon fresh off the wild will struggle to sleep on hammocks. This is because of the hammock’s flat surface, which doesn’t align with a wild chameleon’s penchant for resting vertically – preferably clutching a branch.
Nevertheless, a chameleon in captivity can be trained to like hammocks. Provided the hammock is sufficiently covered and the chameleon feels secure, it would learn to use the hammock.
The hammock covering would supplement the thick foliage a chameleon naturally fancies to be nested in to feel protected.
Do leopard geckos like hammocks?
Unlike chameleons, your bearded dragon can instantaneously fall in love with a hammock. Hammocks allow your leopard geckos a befitting space to hide away and bask.
What is more, the hammock material would help ease the leopard gecko’s itching when it sheds. Understandably, this will facilitate the shedding process.
When picking hammocks for your leopard geckos, go for those whose beds are produced from 100% natural seagrass. Apart from being sturdier and more comfortable on your leopard gecko, such hammocks can be more readily climbed on by your leopard gecko.
Do geckos like hammocks?
Compared to leopard geckos, a regular gecko may not be as instantly fascinated by a hammock. While leopard geckos could instinctively jump on a hammock, a gecko would keep its distance for a while from a hammock deposited in its terrarium.
Yes, geckos are avid climbers, but they are shyer and keener on security. It could take weeks before your gecko starts confident enough to approach and climb the hammock.
Some gecko owners have reported their gecko took as long as 12 weeks to get used to the hammock in its tank. One way to make the adaptation to the hammock easy for your gecko is not to hang it too high.
This way, if your gecko climbs on it and falls, they will not be so hurt to be too scared of getting on the hammock again.
Do ball pythons like hammocks?
Ball pythons cannot be mentioned in a conversation about pets engrossed with climbing. Unless absolutely necessary for survival, you shouldn’t expect your ball python to climb.
Now, being that hammocks are commonly elevated, you can’t be sure your ball python would fancy ever getting on it, least liking it.
Instead of being the center of attention on hammocks, a ball python prefers to hide away in underground burrows. If you forcefully introduce your ball python to hammocks, it could become stressed in no time.
Do mice like hammocks?
Yes, mice like – sorry, LOVE – hammocks. Mice count among the most enthusiastic climbers in pets. Indeed, the climbing challenge a hammock presents is one your mice would rarely turn down.
While you are away, you can expect your mouse to be stimulated by climbing in and out of its hammock. Nonetheless, make the fun easier for your mouse by not suspending your hammock too high.
The shape of your hammock also determines the mouse’s affection for it. Commonly, mice-optimized hammocks come in square, rectangular, and circular shapes.
Your mice’s preferred sleeping posture would determine the type of hammock shape you go for. If you notice that your mouse frequently stretches out when sleeping, the rectangular hammocks may be more suited. Similarly, if you observe that your mouse rests in a ball shape, then the mouse may be better suited to circular hammocks.
Do cats like hammocks?
Absolutely! Cats love hammocks. Among all the pets we will investigate on the list, very few pets are as fanatic as cats about hammocks.
First, if you have a kitty, you must have noticed how keen she is about being raised from the ground. Kitties naturally love to be suspended above to have a more encompassing view of proceedings around them.
And this is just what a hammock gets your cat. Your cat is sure to be thrilled with a sturdy hammock, giving it that solid balance it needs while on it.
Hammocks for your cats are great if you have a sizable community of pets (mixing cats and dogs). “Vacationing” away on its hammock, your cat is less likely to be bothered by dogs.
The size and fabric material of the hammock are critical when choosing one for your cat. Fundamentally, you want a hammock that can adequately fit in your cat (or more), swaying while sustaining their weight.
When picking material, go for polyester, cotton, or velvet. If you are keeping your cat hammock outside, choose a fabric with superior resilience against the elements.
Lastly, because cats love hammocks and would be spending a significant amount of time on them, it is preferable to choose hammock materials (especially for the bed) that are easily washable.
Do dogs like hammocks?
We can’t definitively say all dogs like hammocks – but at least a larger fraction does. It majorly depends on the specific dog in question and how comfortable they would feel on the hammock.
If the hammocks fail to get your dog that balanced feel – be it the suspension being inappropriate or the material being unbefitting – your dog will jump right out.
It helps to go for hammocks whose beds are enhanced with breathable meshes. This is important for your dog to stay cool due to the consequently improved airflow. On such beds, you can expect your dog to stay longer on its hammock during sunny days.
The sturdiness of the hammock is critical, particularly when you have large dogs. You need the steel frame to hold its own against heavy dogs.
If you have a dog weighing as much as 100lbs, it is advisable to go for 600D PVC oxford fabric for optimal support for the dog.
Nonetheless, if your dog is yet reluctant to try out the hammock, you can deliberately induce your dog to like a hammock.
Simple things like keeping toys on a hammock or rewarding your dog with treats anytime it climbs on a hammock would go a long way in motivating your dog to give the hammock a try.
Do hamsters like hammocks?
Just like dogs, hamsters all across the globe are not universally attracted to hammocks. It majorly depends on the hamster’s personality.
If your hamster is an avid chewer, it is not wise to get it a hammock. This is considering the heightened possibility of burrowing into the fabric material of the hammock.
This comes with the risk of your hamster chewing and swallowing the fluffy material of the hammock. This can cause your hamster to choke or even suffer digestive issues if it consumes the material.
Should your hamster not have that chewing propensity, it is fine to get it a hammock. Typically, a dwarf hamster is not selective of the hammock as it can nest in just anyone.
But if you have a Syrian hamster that grows substantially, you want a firmer and more accommodating hammock given the enhanced size and build.
Do rabbits like hammocks?
While the generality of rabbits we have come across don’t feel very comfortable on swinging beds, some yet like how comfy a hammock feels, especially when the bed material molds to the rabbit’s body contours.
There are specially adapted hammocks for rabbits. The most popular design we have seen are rabbit hammocks built with a top frame, resembling a mini side table. They come with metal hooks that can be strapped on the frame.
This design makes the adaptation process easier for your rabbit. They can also sit on the top frame and get more acquainted (and feeling safer) with the hammock.
Just like hamsters, rabbits also have a chewing habit. If you have noticed a tendency to chew on things – commonly the carpet – on your rabbit, it is not advisable to get it a hammock.
Do gerbils like hammocks?
Intelligent, social, and intensely active, gerbils would love a toy that gets them hanging like a hammock. Hammocks are great additions to your gerbil’s cage.
At times, your gerbil can jump impatiently on the hammock upon being introduced into its cage. In other scenarios, the gerbil may not be immediately drawn to the hammock, taking some time to investigate and smell it before feeling secure in it.
Nevertheless, it is recommended you keep a bit of watch on your gerbil during the first days of interacting with its hammock. We have seen cases where the gerbil was entangled in the hammock’s fabric, sort of “arresting the gerbil”.
Prolonged entanglement in such fabric (typical of the owner being away) can cause unfortunate amputation of the gerbil’s limbs.
Do birds like hammocks?
Birds like hammocks, especially for the soft and comfortable snug it gives them. However, a lot of that affection is determined by the comfort and design pattern of the hammock.
Given your bird would be flying all about the place, their landing experience on the hammocks matters. Hard impact landings would significantly discourage them from the hammock, given the damage such heavy impact would have on their claws.
This explains why elastic cords are preferred for bird hammocks, with stainless steel buckles firmly securing the hammock.
Accessibility is another decisive factor regarding how much your bird would like its hammock.
Bird hammocks with double openings are preferable in this regard. This gives the bird the luxurious option of exiting or entering the hammock from two sides.
All said, the temperament of your bird also determines the suitability of a hammock in its cage. For very curious breeds like parrots, it is not ideal to put cotton hammocks in their cage.
Considering the fluffy feel, you can’t totally ignore the possibility of your parrot chewing on the hammock. Aside from the risk of strangulation, such activity would lead to chemical poisoning and even gastrointestinal blockage.
Key Considerations to Keep in Mind While Buying Pet Hammocks
Having extensively looked through different pets and their varying fondness for pet hammocks, here are some nuggets to keep in mind when next you get your pet a hammock.
The material is arguably the most important consideration to make. Aside from the amount of relaxation of the material (for the specific pet you are procuring it for), you want a stain-proof material that is easy to wash and can do fairly way in resisting scratches.
The resistance to scratches is critical when you have sharp-clawed pets. The snug feel of the hammock is largely dependent on the size of your pet.
It would help if you had a hammock with a larger cross-sectional area to accommodate bigger pets and, more importantly, give your pet that crucial 360-degree protection.
The connection hooks, how readily the hammock stretches, accessibility, and affordability are other essential considerations to make.
Lastly, when introducing your pets to hammocks, make sure the hammock is minimally intimidating to them. First, secure it lowly.
And if you have a tiny pet, further enhance how easily they can access the hammock with a platform they can step on. If your hammock is too far away from the ground for your pet, it would barely fancy stepping on it despite how curious your pet is.
This is because your pet wouldn’t want to explore the hammock and feel entrapped in it. The hammock should be positioned that the pet can almost independently access and exit it.
Never force your pet onto a hammock. Be patient and allow it to get accustomed to the hammock in its space freely. This may require some prodding, sniffing, and overall investigation of the hammock by your pet before it finally steps on it.
And should your pet (of its own accord) get on a hammock and find the feel comforting, you can expect it to frequent the hammock.