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The perfect bedding for your gerbilRead more

The perfect bedding for your gerbil

Gerbils love to burrow and, of course, to sleep. It's up to you to provide them with the best materials, but the choices aren't easy. Here's what you need to know to create a fun and cozy environment for your pet.

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What is your cavvy trying to tell you?Read more

What is your cavvy trying to tell you?

Guinea pigs don't talk, but that doesn't mean they don't communicate using sounds and posture. Though we may not understand all the noises and actions guinea pigs make, there are some things they do that seem to have a fairly clear meaning and that can help you understand your guinea pigs.

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Pet ArmadilloRead more

Pet Armadillo

When you think of an armadillo you probably don't think about a pet but they have a following all their own. A few different kinds of armadillos are kept as pets around the country and each has their own unique characteristics.

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The right number of pet ratsRead more

The right number of pet rats

Rats are highly social animals. They need a social structure for health and happiness. Rats crave the interaction and stimulation that only other rats can provide. It just isn't natural for them to live alone. Rats play, groom each other, and cuddle up to sleep together.

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10 important things you should know about deguRead more

10 important things you should know about degu

Degus are fun, easy to look after, and interesting pets. However, you should never adopt a pet before fully understanding what the commitment involves. Here are 10 of the most important things you should know about the behaviour and habits of degus before adopting one.

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A friend for your cavyRead more

A friend for your cavy

Cavies are extremely social, herd animals who thrive in the company of other pigs. Some people who re-home believe so strongly that a companion is vital to the well-being of a lone animal that they will only place cavies as same-sex/neutered pairs or as companions to other cavies in single or multiple cavy homes. Cavies in groups are more vocal and more interesting to observe. The best entertainment for your guinea pig is a friend.

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Do hedgehogs get on with other pets?Read more

Do hedgehogs get on with other pets?

This will depend a lot on the characteristics of the other pets in the house and your hedgehog. As well, any interaction between your hedgehog and other household pets should be carefully supervised, especially in the beginning. But generally speaking, African pygmy hedgehogs are pretty well-equipped to defend themselves from other pets and seem to tolerate other pets quite well.

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How to help your pet rabbit to adapt to new homeRead more

How to help your pet rabbit to adapt to new home

Rabbits can be very flighty creatures, so entering a new environment can be very scary for them. This can make introductions difficult at times. Rabbits are prey animals, so all their instincts are geared toward running away and staying safe from anything that might want to eat them. The result is a pet that needs a lot of patience and a quiet introduction to your home. Remember that rabbits are not a good pet for young kids, and you must be prepared for a lot of extra introduction work if you have other pets.

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How to potty train your pet hamsterRead more

How to potty train your pet hamster

Believe it or not, it is possible to train your hamster to potty in one spot. Because they are clean animals, they generally go to the bathroom in one spot anyways, so all you have to do is find that corner and train him to use the litter box instead of the cage. This will make your cleaning schedule a little easier. Plus, it will confine the waste to one spot that can be emptied frequently and easily. The cage will be cleaner, it will have less ammonia, and it will smell less. Potty training is ideal for you and your pet. It may take a little time, but in the end, it is definitely worth it.

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How to understand your pet hamsterRead more

How to understand your pet hamster

Hamsters get a bad rap for being grumpy and quick to bite. For the inexperienced, it's often true. Many first-time hamster owners suffer a nip on the finger for relatively minor infractions. But once you understand the basic tenets of your hamster's character – including his solitary nature and his off-hours schedule – you can begin to see why your hamster acts the way he does. Most important, you'll figure out what you need to do to accommodate his needs.

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