Small Pets2020-02-13T13:48:22-06:00

Small Pets

Hamster Wheels for Hamsters, Gerbils and Mice

Hamster wheels, also called running wheels, are essential for your hamsters, gerbils or mice. These small rodents are born to run. Hamsters can run up to five miles in a night while looking for food. Running in a hamster wheel strengthens the heart and muscles. Hamsters that have hamster wheels in their cage are less likely to chew on things they shouldn't. And scientific studies show that mice given free access to hamster wheels are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. So a hamster wheel is an important part of your [...]

Is a Pet Gerbil Right for You?

A pet gerbil is an attractive option for those looking for a small animal companion. Gerbils are small, weighing only about 2.5 ounces, and their care is relatively inexpensive. But a pet gerbil does come with some special needs. There are over 100 species of gerbils in the world today. They were originally called "desert rats" because they are adapted to arid climates in the wild. Gerbils back legs are much longer than their front legs, making them great jumpers. They love to dig and make tunnels. They are intelligent, curious [...]

Lizard Habitat 101

A lizard habitat, displaying plants, rocks, moss and branches, can be a beautiful addition to any room in your home. A 20 gallon aquarium can serve as a suitable lizard habitat, although larger lizards may require more room. You will need a secure, escape-proof cover no matter what the size of the enclosure.LightingMost lizards require some form of full-spectrum lighting for 10 to 12 hours a day in order to satisfy their vitamin D, phosphorus and calcium needs. A full-spectrum incandescent light bulb can also serve as a basking lamp while [...]

Can I Keep my Rabbit Outdoors?

Some authorities say you should never keep a rabbit outdoors; some say it's okay for your rabbit to be outside during the day. Still others claim domesticated rabbits can be kept outdoors all of the time. You are your rabbit's caregiver, so it is your decision. If you are planning to keep your rabbit outdoors either part-time or full-time, it can benefit from fresh air, sunshine and the freedom to dig, burrow and more space to hop about. But, there are dangers to consider and preparations to make. Some dangers [...]

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