Small Animals | Health & Nutrition.

Small Animal Bathing Basics

Changes in appearance could signal health problems. Small animals (mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils) are clean, odor-free animals that self groom. An unusual smell or appearance is most likely due to poor health or poor habitat maintenance on your part. Signs of poor health If a small animal develops a rough or unkempt coat, loses … Continued

Knowing What to Feed Your Pet Rats and Mice

Understanding the nutritional needs of your pet rats and mice is essential. Here is a short guide for their daily feeding. Mice and rats are known for their propensity to nibble on any piece of nourishment they may encounter, picking at crumbs on the floor and food in the cabinet. Despite this, you cannot simply … Continued

Fiber in Your Rabbit’s Diet

Fiber is an essential component of your rabbit’s diet. Fiber may be the most important ingredient in your rabbit’s diet. It helps his digestive system run smoothly and keeps him fit and healthy. Here is what you need to know about fiber and the best sources of it: Benefits of Fiber: Fiber helps your rabbit stay … Continued

A Guide to Understanding Your Pet Chinchilla’s Daily Diet and Nutrition

Pet chinchillas aren’t the most common animal, so it might be a little more difficult to figure out their nutritional needs. Here’s a short guide to help you do just that. If you’ve chosen to own a pet chinchilla, you probably already know you won’t be getting an ordinary domestic animal. Chinchillas are exotic pets … Continued

Dealing with an Overweight Rabbit or Guinea Pig

Make sure to follow nutrition guidelines to keep your small pet from developing a weight problem. Just like a human, it’s possible for your small pet to struggle with his weight. If your rabbit or guinea pig has a poor diet and gets too little exercise, he will have trouble keeping off the pounds. Diet … Continued

A Small Animal’s Daily Diet

Small animal diets are just as diverse as the individual species are. Water is the number-one nutrient requirement for all animals. Fresh, clean water should be provided in a water bottle with a sipper tube and changed daily. The following are some food requirements that are species specific: Hamsters and Gerbils Gerbils and hamsters are … Continued

Using Small Animal Treats and Supplements Wisely

Should you be feeding your pet supplements or treats at all? No matter what kind of animal you’ve invited in to share your home, you may ask yourself a question: aren’t pet food treats really just for the benefit of the owner? Make time for treats Pet food treats are worthwhile for small animals. They … Continued

Foods Your Small Animal Should Avoid

Each small animal has a diet unique to it’s species. Vitamin C: guinea pigs need a lot of it, but in its citrus form it is bad for hamsters. Dairy products are OK for some small animals, but not for others. The alphabetical list below presents most foods that all small animals should avoid. When … Continued

Your Rabbit’s Behavioral Patterns

Rabbits can communicate a great deal through their range of behaviors. Rabbit behavior can be difficult to interpret. Rabbits, unlike other pets like cats or dogs, are naturally prey animals, meaning that in the wild, they are constantly being hunted. Thus, much of their body language and other behavioral patterns relate to being on the … Continued

Understanding your Companions Gnawing Needs

It’s no secret that small animals, such as pet gerbils or rabbits, love to chew and need to chew. It’s important to understand this behavior in your pet if you want to manage it. Anyone who owns small pets know that they love to chew. For animals that stay in cages, this means they may … Continued

Understanding Your Pet Guinea Pig: A Guide to Behavioral Patterns

Pet guinea pigs are active, inquisitive animals that can make great companions. Understanding what their behavior means will help you build a closer relationship with your furry friend. Guinea pigs are naturally social creatures, and exhibit a wide range of behavioral expressions. If you can learn to interpret these behaviors, it will make for a … Continued

Small Pet Dental Care: How to Clip Overgrown Teeth

Our small animal’s teeth are essential to their well being. If they are getting too long, it’s important to know how to cut them back to size. Most pet rats and pet hamsters will not have a problem with their teeth during their lifetime. If your small pet is happily chewing on toys and food during the … Continued

Overweight Pet Mice and Rats: How to Manage Your Small Pet’s Weight

Pet rats and mice are small enough that you might not think about their weight. These tiny critters, though, can have problems with girth just like any other animal. Like with any pet, it’s important to monitor your pet mouse or rat’s weight. This task may prove to be a little more difficult than with … Continued

How to Deal with Your Small Pet’s Chewing

As their owners know, small pets love to chew, even when they shouldn’t be. Rabbits and other small pets love to chew. In fact, they need to chew. Chewing is a natural instinct and helps keep their teeth healthy. Unfortunately, your pet doesn’t always know what he should be chewing. Not only can this be … Continued

Knowing Your Small Pets: A Guide to Gerbil Behavior

Pet Gerbils make great companions, but understanding their behavioral patterns will make a close pet even closer. Here’s a short guide to help you do just this. Pet Gerbils may seem like very simple and easily understood animals. For such a small pet, though, they exhibit an enormous range of behaviors that indicate the potential … Continued