19 FEB 2023
Bunny Nature Now Available In South Africa
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Bunny Nature | Nutrition | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Hamsters | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Hamster Food | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils
Pet Habitat has been appointed exclusive distributor for Bunny Nature products in South Africa. Bunny Nature is a German company established out of love for pets. To this day, Bunny Nature’s goal is to provide small rodents with optimal nutrition specifically adapted to the nutritional needs of the specific animal.   The first 40ft container of BUNNY NATURE premium TIMOTHY HAY and BOTANICALS small animal SNACKS arrived in May 2023 in South Africa. The pursuit of happiness is something that all people share. And the pursuit of happiness for our pets also brings us together. Happiness begins with the right balanced diet. It is the start of everything. Pets that are fed the right diet for their species are happy and healthy. Pets that are fed the right diet for their behaviour are happy and healthy. And animals that have no need to worry about their next meal are happy and healthy. That takes us directly to Bunny Nature's lucky formula.   The Bunny Na.. [More] piggiesnejoybunnynature.jpg
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11 MAY 2021
Hamster Health Checks
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These small, special animals rely on us to ensure they’re healthy and happy. As well as providing nutritious hamster food and creating a suitable hamster habitat for them to thrive in, there are some important health checks that you should carry out regularly to ensure your hamster is in the clear.   Getting to know your hamster’s normal behaviour and habits will help you be able to spot if something is not quite right. This is very important because, as the RSPCA points out: “Hamsters can become unwell and go downhill very quickly, but may often only show subtle signs of being in pain or distress, or that they are suffering, until it is very severe.” As well as providing suitable accommodation, company of their own kind (it’s only the Syrian hamster that prefers to go it alone) and the right nutrition, there are some regular checks that you can carry out to ensure your hamster is hale and hearty. And, by doing this, you’ll also be able.. [More] HamsterHealthchecks.jpg
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19 MAY 2018
Bonding With Your Small Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Hamsters | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils
There are cat people and there are dog people – but there are also some who believe that small pets are where it’s at. Whether you cherish your chinchillas, have a passion for bunnies, adore guinea pigs, or have a soft spot for rats, hamsters, gerbils or degus, as a committed and responsible owner you want your small furries have the best life they can. Building a closer bond with your little pets will enhance and enrich your relationship with them.   A great way to build this special bond is by hand-feeding. This is something that will take time and patience, but once your small pal happily accepts a tasty treat from your hand, is incredibly rewarding. The key is to take things slowly, so that your little chums learn to associate you with good things and begin to place their trust in you. Am I in danger? Small pets are prey animals, which means they think anything approaching is a potential predator – even you. Don’t loom over them (as a pred.. [More] guineapighandfeeding2.jpg
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18 DEC 2017
Christmas Perils For Our Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Hamsters | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils | Dogs | Cats
‘Tis the season to be jolly but, for our pets, it’s also a time of hazardous foods, poisonous plants and dangerous decorations. Ensure the four-legged members of your family have a safe and happy Christmas by following DR SUZANNE MOYES’ festive advice For those pets who have seen a Christmas or two, the sudden arrival of a pine tree, tinsel and plates piled high with mince pies, will likely be taken in their stride. However, for young animals, all these exciting new things require close inspection, which can lead to all sorts of problems.   All You Can't Eat At this time of the year, many of the foods we love to tuck into will do our pets more harm than good – so those pleading eyes must be ignored. It’s far better to keep your pets on their usual Burgess diet. Festive foods on the blacklist include: Pigs in blankets: Fatty, salty meats such as pork can lead to pancreatitis. Mince pies and Christmas cake: Raisins and sultanas (a.. [More] catchristmastree.jpg
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25 MAY 2017
Create An Ideal Home For Your Hamster
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According to a study published in Royal Society Open Science, the type of accommodation you provide your hamster has a big impact on their wellbeing. Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University tested 30 hamsters to determine if enriching their environment – by adding toys and bedding to their cages – would change the decisions they made when faced with an uncertain choice.   What they found was that hamsters with extra toys and cosier bedding such as Carefresh were more likely to make optimistic decisions than those with fewer luxuries – such as being willing to try out different drink bottles to see if the water was especially tasty. Less optimistic hamsters were more reluctant to try new things. Scientists see optimistic judgements as an indicator of positive wellbeing in humans, so using the same methodology to indicate wellbeing in hamsters makes sense. After all, it’s the closest we humans can get to determining if our hamster is hap.. [More] hamsterbeddingpaper.jpg
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21 NOV 2016
Foods That Are Toxic To Hamsters
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Hamsters have a lifespan of two to three years but some have been known to live up to four years or longer due to exceptional hamster care and a bit of luck. They are actually pretty good at hiding their illnesses until it's nearly too late, which is why it is important to keep a close eye on any changes in your pet's regular diet or routine. If you notice any signs of illness in your hamster, you need to see a veterinarian as quickly as you can. Most of the ailments associated with hamsters in captivity today can be attributed to the ignorance of modern day man, and our modern way of living. Almost 90% of the ailments of hamsters in captivity are directly or indirectly linked to the diet and the hamster's eating habits. Hamsters will eat or have a go at almost any food that is offered to them. They cannot decide for themselves what is bad or what is good for them, and care must be exercised when it comes to feeding your pet. Their diet is a major contributing factor in their dis.. [More] hamstereatingfrombowl.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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