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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31 JUL 2016
Ideal Rabbit Accomodation
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Rabbits need a generous outdoor space to run around in and cosy indoor quarters where they can rest and find shelter. Providing them with this will allow them to express their natural patterns of behaviour and so lead happy, healthy lives.   Hutch/Shed and Runs Rabbits should be housed in a hutch or shed with a run permanently attached to it. The hutch/shed provides shelter; the run provides space for the rabbits to express natural behaviour such as running, digging, jumping and exploring. The two areas should be connected by a tunnel or the run built onto the front of the hutch/shed. The run can be on grass or concrete, if grass it's advisable to dig mesh under the grass to help prevent escapes and predators getting in. The minimum sizes recommend by animal welfare organizations for a small-medium pair of rabbits are: Hutches   2 metres long by 0.6 metres deep by 0.75 metres high All doors should have strong bolts on to keep safe from predators.. [More] rabbitshed.JPG
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28 MAY 2015
How To Create The Right Rabbit Home
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What type of home does your rabbit need? Rabbits love a warm and snuggly hutch to sleep in, but that’s just their bedroom. It should never be the extent of their home. Rabbits need to run and hop far more than you could imagine. In the wild, they graze and move over an extensive territory of hundreds of square metres. The ideal home for your pet rabbit consists of one house for every rabbit in your group plus one that all your rabbits can sleep in together. These should be attached to a central area where they are fed and do most of their eating. They also need a run that’s a few meters square and tall enough that even the tallest rabbit can sit on his hind quarters and not touch the top with his ears. Taller and bigger is always better, and your rabbits must have constant access to the run. What else does your rabbit want in a home? Whilst housing may be the biggest concern in creating the perfect environment for your pet rabbits, it’s not .. [More] rabbithome.jpg
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11 MAR 2015
Cleaning Your Hamster’s Cage
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How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Hamster’s Home? Most pets, just like most people, need their homes cleaned about once a week. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore your hamster’s home the other six days of the week. You should take a moment to spot clean the bathroom and do the dishes every day. When you feed your pets, remove the food bowl from you hamster’s home and empty it of leftovers. This is especially important if you’ve given them any fresh treats. Wipe the bowl with a tissue or paper towel before refilling it. And, while you’re there, you may want to scoop out visible debris in the bathroom area. Don’t forget to refresh the shavings here if you take some out. What Goes into a Weekly Clean? The most important part of cleaning your pet’s home is making sure your hamster (or hamsters, as they prefer) is secured. Exercise balls are a great way to do this, but as long as your hamster can’t escape.. [More] hamstersittingincage.jpg
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11 MAR 2015
Cleaning Your Rabbits’ Living Areas
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How Often Should You Clean Your Rabbits’ Home? As with many pets that live in an enclosed area, your rabbits need a visit from housekeeping about once a week. This includes a thorough clean using a pet-safe sanitiser. Typically, you will need to restrict your pets’ movements in one area or another during this time so you can get to every nook and cranny during your cleaning process. However, you can’t neglect daily chores. Your rabbits need a basic tidy every day. This includes cleaning out any soiled shavings or bedding (as these can lead to the spread of disease). You must also clear out any uneaten food during this time. Cleaning water and food bowls is important on a daily basis and should be done before refilling them. What Else Do You Need to Know? When cleaning your rabbits’ living areas, always check for signs of damp or standing water. These conditions make it easy for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes to breed. While these insect.. [More] bigearedrabbit.jpg
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28 JUN 2014
Choosing A Guinea Pig Cage
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What makes a good guinea pig cage? Many guinea pig owners don't realize how important housing can be. Because a guinea pig will spend a good deal of their life in his cage, it is imperative that the cage is big enough and outfitted with the proper accessories and supplies. The majority of cages marketed for guinea pigs are not large enough and many are terribly small. What should I look for in a cage? Many of the cages marketed for guinea pigs today are entirely too small. It's important when choosing the right cage for your cavy that you make sure the cage provides plenty of space to run and play. The minimum cage size recommended by RSPCA for two guinea pigs should be 120cm x 60cm x 45cm, however for the sake of your guinea pig's health and happiness, consider providing as large a cage for them as possible. The minimum cage sizes are: One guinea pig:                100cm x 50cm .. [More] adopt guinea pig.jpg
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28 JUN 2014
Buying A Chinchilla Cage
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Cages | Chinchillas | Pet Inn
Thinking about getting a chinchilla but you don’t know the first thing about chinchilla cages? Or maybe you just want to upgrade your chinchilla’s modest home into an upmarket chinchilla cage mansion? Either way, this article will tell you all that you need to know about chinchillas, from basic requirements to the best chinchilla cages available in South Africa. What to Look for in Chinchilla Cages Trying to figure out what features are necessary and important in a chinchilla cage can be a daunting task to the novice chinchilla keeper. Some of the cages in South Africa is not ideal for chinchillas for various reasons. Here are the basic things you should look for in an adequate chinchilla home. The first thing we’ll talk about is the cage size. Chinchilla cages should be at least 100cm long by 50cm wide, and have a height of at least 60 cm, but more is better. Chinchillas really like to use vertical space in their homes. Having multi.. [More] chinchilla-house.jpg
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21 JUN 2014
Become A Responsible Rabbit Owner
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Pet Care | Pet Cages
Rabbits make fantastic pets, they love quiet spaces and require only a bit of affection from their generous owners. Ideally rabbits have at least one bunny friend to spend their days with, so they are ready for your affection when you come home in the evening. Give them this, plenty of timothy hay, and there is only one thing left to do – provide your bunnies with the perfect home. Unfortunately, that is not simply a hutch… That is only the beginning.   The Rabbit Hutch Whether you call it a hutch or a cage and whether it is indoors or out, this is the beginning of your rabbit’s home. Consider the hutch to be a bedroom. It is a comfortable and secure space to sleep. Ideally you would have one hutch per rabbit to hide and rest in, and another larger one that all your bunnies can sleep in together (if they are in the mood for that). These should all be connected in some way, though rabbits should not have to go through each other’s be.. [More] rabbit as pets.jpg
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15 JUN 2014
Providing Suitable Rabbit Home
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Anyone owning or considering owning rabbits should give serious consideration to the housing they offer these animals. A small hutch hidden away in the garden is not sufficient and we need to move away from the notion that rabbits can be locked away 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is WRONG!   In the wild a rabbit will cover an area equivalent to 30 tennis courts each day. Think about your own rabbits; if they are locked away inside a hutch all day it would simply be impossible for them to cover even a fraction of this distance. You should also consider the fact that wild rabbits also love to jump, dig, forage and hide – you should therefore offer your rabbits the opportunity to do the same. Bear these factors in mind when shopping for a hutch and run. Buy the biggest you can afford and don’t forget that it may be cheaper to make your own. The hutch should offer each rabbit its own “bedroom area”, with a separate toilet area and a l.. [More] Rabbit inside hutch.jpg
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14 JUN 2014
Finding The Right Hamster Cage
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Cages | Hamsters | Rotastak | Pet Inn
There is a huge variety of hamsters cages on the market, but not all cages are created equally. Most of the cages that are sold as 'hamster cages' are actually suitable for dwarf hamsters and don't provide enough floor space for the larger species of syrian hamster, or have components that aren't safe for a larger hamster. A cage is the most important investment you'll make for your hamster, so you want to choose wisely. There are various hamster housing options, each with pros and cons. To find the right one for your hamster, consider factors such as species type, safety, maintenance, budget, and above all, size. A rule that you must always follow: Syrian hamsters cannot be housed together! They are territorial, solitary animals and will fight and inflict serious wounds to each other if not kept apart. They can, however, be kept near each other in separate housing. Dwarf hamsters MIGHT be kept together in same-sex housing. Size it up In the wild, hamsters h.. [More] types of hamster cages.jpg
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