How to Choose the Best Cage for Your Hamster

Sept_2013_1There are a greater variety of hamsters now being kept as pets. But whether you have a tiny dwarf hamster or a large Syrian, you’ll need to consider your pet’s size when getting your hamster a home. 

Cage types

  • Wire cages: Wire cages tend to be larger and work well for large hamsters. Make sure the wire bars aren’t spaced more than a half inch apart.
  • Plastic cages: Plastic cages, many of which have various tunnels or levels, are good choices for small- to mid-sized hamsters. The built-in tubes are great for hamster exercise, although they may be more difficult to clean.
  • Aquariums. Small Chinese and dwarf hamsters do well in aquariums, which give them (and you) greater visibility. Continue reading

Keeping Your Cat off Counters and Tables

Dec_2013_3Your height-loving cat may enjoy looking over her domain from up high, but doing so from a kitchen counter or table may expose her to a few hazards, like a hot stovetop. How do you keep her from cruising the counter or off table tops? After all, she loves to climb and might be rewarded with interesting food smells in the kitchen or water in the sink. You can break that habit by making the area less appealing and giving your cat other alternatives. Here’s how:

Make the area less appealing

  • Keep food sealed tight: The first step is to make sure all human food is put away and countertops are clean. Obvious, we know, but this keeps your cat from being rewarded during her countertop adventures.
  • Use deterrents: A product like Sticky Paws around the countertop will make it an uncomfortable walking surface for your cat. You can create a similar effect with car floor mats (spiky side up) or aluminum foil, which cats avoid because of the feel and sound. The Continue reading

Turn Those Dog Winter Blues Around

Dec_2014_1When it’s cold outside, it’s time to help your pet to fight the winter blues. Help him avoid canine boredom and you’ll avoid the behavior that usually comes with it, including chewing, digging and barking. Keep your dog active and mentally stimulated instead with these tips.

Play indoor games

  • Hide and seek: Your dog may enjoy a game of hide-and-seek, as long as he’s always “it” and has to find you. This would be a good time to teach him to “stay” while you hide around the house, then call him to search for you. You can also play with a family member and take turns holding the dog while the other person hides.
  • Scavenger hunt: Play hide and seek with a favorite toy or treat instead. If your dog isn’t used Continue reading

Garmon Hip Flex

Marchl_2012_1Hip Flex soft, chewable dog treats are formulated for maintaining joint health and flexibility for aging dogs. Hip Flex treats are made from a proprietary tart cherry and berry bio-active formulation that also contains glucosamine and flax seed oil, to help reduce inflammation and promote healthy knee and hip joints.

Hip Flex is available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

How to net and catch your aquarium fish

Dec_2013_4Catching fish in an aquarium may seem like an easy task, but even the most sedate fish can swim like bolts of lightning when avoiding a net. Doing this in a tank with plants and accessories could also leave you with damaged plants and spooked fish.

There are a few techniques and tools that will help you catch fish without disturbing your aquarium.

Catching fish with two nets

The easiest approach is to use two fish nets, using one to herd fish into the other. Choose two nets based on the size of your fish and your tank. You could also use one small fish net to herd Continue reading

What to Expect When Your Cat is Expecting

Dec_2013_3Is your kitty expecting? As your pregnant cat, or “Queen,” prepares for her little kittens, you should learn what’s ahead. Here are a few facts on what to expect:

 

  • The average feline pregnancy is 9 weeks or 63 days, but it can range from 57 to 69 days.
  • Weight gain begins after the fourth week. You’ll also see “pinking” or pinker and enlarged nipples after the third week.
  • The litter size can range from 1 to 8 kittens or more. The average is 2 to 5.
  • Nesting behavior is common. Your cat will start exploring closets and secluded places, looking for a place to have her kittens. Help her find a safe room away from children, pets and other activity.     Continue reading

Know Your Dog’s Body Language

Dec_2014_1When you think of a happy dog, you might imagine one with his tail wagging. But a wagging tail isn’t always a sign of canine happiness. It could also be a sign of nervousness or aggression.

Your dog’s body language offers various clues as to whether or not he’s comfortable with a situation. By learning some of these often subtle signs, you can react when your dog is feeling fearful or aggressive.

Signs of a happy dog

These are the signs of a dog that is happy and relaxed:

  • His eyes have their normal shape and look soft, with no whites showing.
  • His body is loose with a wagging tail or he’s wiggling all over.
  • His mouth is closed or slightly open and relaxed. The corners of his mouth might be turned up slightly. Continue reading

Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics

March_2012_1Did you know up to 70% of the natural enzymes in dog food are lost during the cooking process? This formula with prebiotics and probiotics helps restore lost enzymes. It does double duty in supporting your dog’s immune system and boosting the nutritional benefits of your dog’s diet. It may also help improve stools and consistency, improve your dog’s skin and coat and has been known to prevent stool eating in dogs (coprophagia). We recommend using it with every meal.

Enzymes & Probiotics available at your Pet Supermarket.

What you should know about feeding your ferret

Aug_2013_1Love ferrets? To keep your ferret his normal, playful self, make sure you’re meeting his dietetic and nutritional needs. Here are a few facts about feeding your ferret:

 

  • As carnivores who can’t absorb nutrition from vegetation, ferrets need a diet high in animal protein, high in fat and low in fiber.
  • It’s important to include high-quality animal protein in a ferret’s diet. A premium ferret food is recommended.  Continue reading

Hairball Madness: Controlling & Avoiding Hairballs

Dec_2013_3Playing and cuddling are among the joys of owning a cat. Dealing with hairballs? Not so much. While hairballs aren’t exactly fun, they’re a normal occurrence for most cats. Your cat will have them less often though if you follow these tips.

Avoid or reduce hairballs with:

  • Diet
    Cats with frequent hairballs often benefit from special-needs cat food with hairball control. The formula includes fiber to help reduce the shape and regularity of hairballs.
  • Regular grooming
    Whether your cat has short or long hair, it’s important to groom her regularly. Combing and bathing her will reduce the amount of hair she ingests and cut down the buildup in her stomach and intestines. Continue reading