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Courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States. All rights reserved. Need to go out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care while you're away, giving you peace of mind. However, before you load Fido and Fluffy into the car and drive them to the...
Caring for animals when the weather outside is frightful
When the weather turns cold and the temperature drops, taking extra precautions is essential to protect the animals who live in our homes and neighborhoods. The bitter cold poses significant health and safety risks to pets, community animals, and wildlife...
Ferrets make great companions. They're friendly, smart, inquisitive, and playful. As burrowing animals, they love to explore, dig, and find nooks to sleep in typically low to the ground. As predators, they are not safe to keep unsupervised around rodents or other small animals. Their playful behaviors are very active....
Gerbils are naturally friendly and curious and can be happy and healthy almost anywhere.
Home Sweet HomeA quiet, dimly lit space, away from direct heat and sunlight is the best place for your gerbil's "home." Your gerbil needs a cage that's at least 24 inches long by 14 inches...
Guinea pigs are hardy and affectionate, and make great companions. However, people often think of them as "low-maintenance" pets, when in reality, they require a lot of care and attention. In return, they will reward you with years of companionship.
Home Sweet HomeMore space is better when it comes...
Hamsters are frisky, playful, and fun to watch. Since they're nocturnal though, they sleep all day and play at night.
Home Sweet HomeYour hamster needs a cage that's at least 24 inches long by 14 inches wide by 12 inches high. A cage with a high plastic bottom to...
What is a hedgehog?A hedgehog is a small, insectivorous (insect-eating) mammal. There are 17 species found throughout the world. The species most commonly kept as pets is the four-toed, or African pygmy hedgehog. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and can be quite shy. They come in several colors and patterns. Hedgehogs...
Congratulations! We are excited that you have decided to adopt a bunny. We want this to be a positive experience so that you and your bunny can live happily together for a long time. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
It is easier to train rabbits if you understand that their behavior is usually motivated by one of three things:
- Their natural need and inclination to chew and dig
- Their need to communicate and our tendency to require words for understanding communication
- The social structure as seen...
A rabbit's diet should be made up of high-quality pellets, fresh Timothy hay, fresh water, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Hay and pellets should be available 24 hours a day. Fresh veggies should be give twice per day and fruits should be limited to a treat, but no more than...
Rabbits are very social creatures and require as much attention and stimulation as a cat or dog. Because of this requirement, rabbits tend to be happier, healthier, better adjusted, and more affectionate if housed indoors. Rabbits also tend to live longer, happier and healthier lives in pairs or groups. Companionship...
Rabbits may act as if they're hardy creatures, but they are, in fact, extremely delicate–from their skin to their spines to their external systems. Care must be taken to maintain their good health, but a well-cared-for rabbit can live 12 to 15 years. The following basics are necessary to know...
Why Are Toys Important?
Toys are important because they provide:
- Mental stimulation. Without challenging activities to occupy your rabbit when you're not home, your rabbit, especially a solitary rabbit, will get bored. This could lead to depression and/or excessive destruction. The creative use of toys can extend your rabbit's...
What Is A Bunny Box?
A bunny box is basically a large cardboard box with door holes and extras.
Start with a large cardboard box about two feet by three feet and eighteen inches high. Then, add layers of flattened cardboard boxes to the bottom until the pile is about...
Before attempting an introduction, the rabbits must be spayed and neutered and you should wait for a full two weeks after the surgery before proceeding with the introduction. This delay both ensures proper healing and gives the hormones a chance to dissipate. This delay is especially important with a newly...