17 SEP 2020
What Is The Best Bedding For Guinea Pigs?
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What is the best bedding for guinea pigs for ultimate comfort and odour control? Guinea pigs make a great first pet. Not only do they have fun personalities and make the cutest noises – they often purr when they are happy, but they are also very easy to care for.    Make sure you have space in your home and your heart for two guinea pigs, as they are very social creatures; and it is recommended that you adopt a pair of same-gendered Guinea pigs. When setting up their home, make sure you have a lot of space for them, as they spend a lot of time nesting in comfy bedding. Line the bottom of their habit with a good quality, soft and absorbent bedding that keeps them warm and safe but keeps odours under control. It should be easy to clean up and biodegradable for easy disposal. There are several types of bedding available for Guinea Pigs to nest in, including paper-based, fleece, wood, and hay. The best bedding for your Guinea Pig is either a paper or fleece base.. [More] GuineapigConfetti1024x1024.jpg
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06 NOV 2016
Importance Of Small Animal Bedding
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Cages | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Bedding | Hamsters | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils | Carefresh
The purpose of a substrate (bedding) used in small animal cages is to absorb bad smelling, urine odour. Small pets such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats and guinea pigs need a clean habitat in order to thrive and remain healthy. Therefore the more absorbent a bedding, the better it controls nasty smells. There are a wide range of substrates available, each with its own positive and negative aspects. You can use shredded paper as a substrate, but it won’t absorb odours, so your pet’s cage could get stinky fast. Make sure to use only paper that hasn’t been printed, as ink can be very dangerous to small animals. Only newspaper with black ink is considered to be safe. Another suitable option for substrate are paper and wood pellets. These pellets have the benefit of being very absorbent. It may be difficult for some pets to burrow through it, however, and can be a bit expensive. Burgess Excel Bedding is also a good option and made from natural straw i.. [More] carefreshconfettihamstercage2.jpg
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21 OCT 2016
Why Small Pets Need Enrichment?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Small Animal Toys | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Bedding | Hamsters | Pet Inn | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils | Carefresh
Many rodents such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, domesticated rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas and degus are commonly kept as pets. All of these animals can make great pets when they are cared for properly with the right diet and proper housing. Unfortunately, many people get these animals as pets and don’t realize that in addition to good food, a safe cage, and clean bedding, these pets – just like cats and dogs – need environmental stimulation to be happy and to thrive. Many wild rodents are very social animals living with numerous others of their own kind in their normal habitat. In the wild, they have “jobs” – searching for food, finding mates, building nests. Most rodents nest in communities and share parental responsibilities. They spend 30-50% of the time they are awake grooming each other. When young rodents are separated from their mothers, they often show an increase in disease, are more anxious and aggressive, and are less likely to.. [More] carefreshhamster.jpg
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02 OCT 2016
Wood Shavings Are Toxic To Small Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Bedding | Hamsters | Pet Care | Degus | Gerbils | Carefresh
Wood shavings are commonly used in South Africa as a bedding product for small animals because it’s cheap, absorbent and masks the odour from urine. It also has natural insecticidal properties and prevents the growth of bacteria (natural disinfectant). However, there has been much discussion over the safety of wood shavings among pet owners. Are wood shavings really dangerous for the animals for which they are intended? When you open a bag of wood shavings you will instantly smell the "aromatic" nature of the litter. That smell is where the problem lies. The smell is from the natural volatile chemicals in the wood called phenols. Thus one of your best detection methods for determining an unknown bag of shavings is your own nose! If you sniff the shavings and they smell like a freshly cut Christmas tree, those shavings are releasing phenols. That bright, crisp smell is the chemical compound evaporating from the wood. Kiln-dried pine shavings are considered sa.. [More] toxicwoodshavingshamsters.jpg
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25 SEP 2016
Preventing Nasty Hamster Cage Smells
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Hamsters | Carefresh | Bedding | Gerbils
Hamsters can make great pets because they're cute, interactive, easy to care for, and fun to watch. One of the drawbacks of having a rodent as a pet, however, is managing odours of both the pet and its habitat. It's usually his urine that stinks so bad. If the smell of your pet hamster's urine is the first thing you notice when you enter the room you keep him in, chances are you need to change how you are taking care of your pet. Hamsters are not smelly animals -- they're super-clean -- but their cages can develop a serious odour problem if you aren't taking measures to keep bad smells at bay. You can minimize unpleasant smells by understanding the different bedding and substrate options and maintaining an appropriate and effective weekly cleaning schedule of the cage. Normal Urine Odours Urinating is one of your hamster's way of removing waste from his body. Urine is a sterile fluid that primarily contains water along with various salts, minerals, toxins, sugar.. [More] hamstersmells.jpg
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07 AUG 2016
What Is Best Hamster Bedding?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Bedding | Hamsters | Rats and Mice | Gerbils | Carefresh
There are two types of bedding materials you need for a hamster. One is the material that goes down on the floor of the cage and the other type is a nesting material that goes into the sleeping house. There are dozens of different kinds of hamster bedding out there which may include wood, paper, straw and grains in the form of shavings, pellets or stripes. But what is the best hamster bedding? Some of the bedding out there is great for your furry little hamster, but some kinds are just downright terrible for keeping a hamster happy and healthy. Deciding on which type of bedding to get depends on a few factors including: the type of cage you have and the type of hamster you have. But really, it’s a kind of a trial and error process. Some hamsters might have allergies to certain types or they might like to eat other types. Additionally, some might just be messier with their bedding than others. The amount that should be placed into the bottom of the cage depends on.. [More] hamsterincarefresh.jpg
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26 JUN 2016
Carefresh Bedding Coming To South Africa
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Bedding | Hamsters | Carefresh
Pet Habitat is proud to launch Carefresh® bedding in South Africa. Carefresh is the ideal bedding for all small animals and is made from high quality virgin wod pulp. It is specially designed to eliminate urine odours, and lasts twice as long as traditional bedding. Carefresh keeps your small animal and their environment fresh and clean. For this reason Carefresh is the best selling premium bedding in the USA - it is also the reason why we have chosen this to be our first litter product - it is clean, safe, environmentally friendly and just perfect for hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and house bunnies! Super Absorbent Carefresh absorbs over three times its weight in liquids. The super absorbency of Carefresh keeps pets and their living area dry and clean. What’s more, it doesn’t fall apart when wet. Superior Odour Control Carefresh is scientifically engineered to control ammonia formation (urine odour) up to twice as long as trad.. [More] odorstopformula.jpg
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02 SEP 2014
Signs of Rodent Respiratory Disease
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Guinea Pigs | Bedding | Veterinary News | Hamsters | Rats and Mice
How well do you know the signs of rodent respiratory disease? Read our guide and the 7 must know treatments. Respiratory infections in rodents are common, primarily in rats, mice and guinea pigs. We rarely see respiratory issues in gerbils and degus. Check you know how to spot the signs and what to do. Signs of respiratory problems Weight loss – always make sure you check the weight of small mammals in the clinic. Do you have mini-scales capable of weighing to the nearest gram? Loss of appetite or anorexia – check how much has been eaten, not just how much is fed/offered. Poor coat condition – look for a dry, matted, clumped, scurfy or greasy coat. Discharge from eyes or nostrils – often seen as a red discharge. This colour change is the result of porphyrin pigments. Sneezing – has the owner noticed a watery, purulent or bloody discharge? Br.. [More] guineapigandgirl.jpg
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29 JUN 2014
Potty Training A Hamster
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Bedding | Hamsters | Pet Care
Believe it or not, it is possible to train you hamster to potty in one spot. Because hamsters are clean animals, they generally go to the bathroom in one spot anyway, so all you have to do is find that corner and train him to use the litter box instead of the cage. This will make your cleaning schedule a little easier. Plus, it will confine the waste to one spot that can be emptied frequently and easily. The cage will be cleaner, it will have less ammonia, and it will smell less. Potty training a hamster is ideal for you and the hamster. It may take a little time, but in the end, it is definitely worth it. We will explain what you'll need and and tips for training your hamster how to use the litter box. Litter Box for a Hamster When training your hamster how to use a litter box, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment. The good thing is, finding a hamster potty is not that hard to do, as most pet stores and online pet supply websites will .. [More] hamster home.jpg
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18 MAY 2014
Adorable Fancy Rats & Mice
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Pet Cages | Small Animal Toys | Pet Accesories | Bedding | Pet Care | Rats and Mice
Rats and mice in the wild can be one of the worst pests for mankind, notwithstanding their indispensable part within the ecosystem. Domestic rats and mice, on the other hand, contribute a great deal to the advancement of research for the benefit of man. Domestic rats and mice are not the same as their wild counterparts, having been domesticated for over 100 years. As Pets Rats and mice suffer from bad “press” with much prejudice and misunderstanding directed toward them. As urban sprawl continues to limit the necessary space needed to keep dogs and cats, rats and mice as pets are gradually emerging as an ideal substitute. Easy to keep, with minimal space and care requirements, they provide all the pleasure and satisfaction of a warm, cuddly, intelligent, and friendly pet companion. They are also very inexpensive to obtain along with the required accessories needed to make them happy. Domesticated rats make excellent pets for children and adults alike. .. [More] pet rats blog.jpg
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