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Congratulations on adopting your new family member! Here are some important resources and information that will help keep your pet healthy and happy.
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...
Well-socialized cats are more likely to have well-socialized kittens. Kittens "feed" off of their mothers' calm or fearful attitude toward people. Although feeding time is important, it's also vital to include petting, talking, and playing in order to build good "people-skills" in your kitten. Kittens are usually weaned at six...
Your dog is a living, breathing animal that relies on you for almost everything (food, water, shelter, play time, potty breaks…). Taking care of your dog's physical and mental enrichment is part of being a dog owner. Dogs that get enough mental and physical exercise are going to be happier...
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...
If you own an equine–whether it's a horse, donkey, pony or mini–chances are good that you'll need to have its feet maintained on a regular schedule. Equines' hooves are continually growing, and unless they're walking 20 miles a day or more on rough terrain, the hooves will have to be...
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.
Overweight cats are at a higher risk of health issues like diabetes, skin issues and arthritis. Being overweight also decreases the quality of a cat's life. They are unable to thoroughly groom themselves all over, have trouble getting around, feel uncomfortable and may possibly be in pain. However, through diet...
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 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...
Mice are small, social animals. They're quiet, but very active and entertaining to watch. Because of their high-activity level and quick movements, care needs to be taken when handling.