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Regardless of what kind of small animal you’ve chosen as a pet, you’ll need to give him a cage and bedding that suits his needs. Our experienced associates at Pet Supermarket can help you make him feel right at home.
Rabbits Need Room
Housing your rabbit inside your home has many advantages. Your pet will become part of your family and receive the companionship he needs. His wonderful personality and unique bunny behaviors will delight you. Furthermore, you will get so familiar with your rabbit that any changes in his behavior, (activity level, eating, or bathroom habits) will be observed when they first appear. Choose either:
- Wire Cage— Buy the largest cage for the space in which it will be located. The length of the cage should be 4-5 times the size of the full-grown rabbit when he is stretched out, and the height should allow enough room for him to sit up comfortably. Ideally, the cage should have both a side and a top opening. Be sure the opening is large enough to accommodate a litter box. There should be a metal tray below the wire floor. Line this with newspapers or a paper based litter.
- Wire Exercise Pen — Collapsible wire exercise pens can be placed on hardwood or linoleum floors. This enclosure allows you to get in with the rabbit and open it so he can roam. Inside you can place a wooden or cardboard box for him to hide in and chew on, several litter boxes, food and water dishes, and of course toys.
Rabbits at Work
Most rabbits love to chew, so you must protect all your exposed electrical, computer, and telephone cords. Rabbits will eat any houseplants within reach, and furniture, wall moldings, rugs, and precious objects can become victims of a digging or chewing bunny. Getting to know your rabbit’s habits is crucial. If he is a chewer or digger, try plastic corner covers to protect moldings and place linoleum, carpet squares, phone books, or sea-grass mats where he is digging.
A Gerbil’s Perfect Place
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The best gerbil home by far is a simple glass aquarium with a wire-mesh lid. Because gerbils dig and chew so much, a glass tank lasts longer. The size depends on whether you have one or more gerbils: 2 or 3 gerbils can live happily in a 10-gallon tank.
Lids are Tops!
Gerbils can easily jump out of tanks, especially when they’ve raised the litter level with the remains of the tubes and boxes they’ve chewed up for you. If your gerbil makes a getaway during the day while you’re at work, it may be very hard to find him, and he may find a way out of the house. You won’t regret getting a good lid, and some lids have clips to keep the lid in place.
Location, Location, Location
Choose the location of your gerbils’ tank with care. The key safety issues are temperature control, daily contact, safe removal, and supervision of children. You may also want to consider the fact that gerbil activities can make some mess. Also, you’ll need at least some storage for food and toys. So pick a spot where clean-up is easy, and you don’t mind (or can hide) their equipment.
Even though gerbils are descended from desert animals, they cannot endure extremes of heat or cold. In the wild, they would have deep burrows to escape the elements, but in a tank, they have only a few inches of litter. As a rule of thumb, consider your own comfort. If the temperature range is comfortable for you, it will be okay for gerbils: 65-80°F is comfortable and safe for all. Do not put gerbils directly below an air-return vent since dust and allergens will be sucked up into the system and blown all over the house.
Fine for Ferrets
A ferret’s cage should be the largest you can get to keep him happy and active. Features to look for are solid floors and shelves or balconies (wire mesh is hard on the feet), and preferably solid ladders. Our associates can help you choose a cage that will keep your ferret safe and happy. And remember, ferrets are wild animals and need time out of the cage at least 4 hours daily.
Ferrets tolerate cool climates well but are most comfortable at temperatures around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. They have poorly developed sweat glands and cannot tolerate temperature above 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit, and humid weather can also be a problem.
Ferrets like to be in an enclosed area while sleeping, and they need undisturbed sleep, about 16 to19 hours a day, in a dark quiet area without artificial lighting.
Remember: because small animals have such a variety of needs in terms of habitat and care, you’ll want to have expert advice on how to be the perfect pet owner. At Pet Supermarket our associates are always ready to answer your questions and help you give your pet a good home.