Cage pets are entertaining and interactive. They can provide children with a sense of responsibility and empathy, but may require some patience and time to properly socialize.
Rat carriers (also called bonding pouches) are very useful. They can be used to help socialize baby rats, to comfort sick or lonely rats, or to just spend more time with healthy rats. Learn how to make one here.
Got a hamster? Got a name? Whether you're looking for a cute or funny name, browse through these names to find the perfect one for your male or female hamster!
Peruvian guinea pig care information on hair care, hair loss, hygiene, diet and comfort. Peruvian guinea pigs need extra attention to make sure they stay free from disease and discomfort.
Hamsters are well known for being escape artists. If your pet hamster does escape, here are some tips for finding your missing pet.
Details essential items which you need to care for your pet Syrian hamster. Includes Housing, feeding and hamster illnesses.
When they're not out playing with you, your pet rats spend most of their time in their cage. Taking the time to ensure that their home is spacious, comfortable, and engaging will add substance and enrichment to their lives.
This article covers the most common health issues guinea pigs tend to develop, what you can do to treat them, and how to prevent them from occuring in the first place.
Not all rats enjoy a good bath. Discover how to make bathing your pet rat a less stressful experience for you and your furry friend.
Most guinea pig owners don't realize that there is another option for a guinea pig cage that is not only cheaper but is also more comfortable overall for the guinea pig. A step-by-step tutorial with photos shows how to build a "C&C" cage for a cavy.
Do you need to introduce a new pet rat to your rat family? Learn the gradual, step-by-step introductory process recommended by experts, accompanied by useful tips and personal insight.
Think rats are smelly? They're not! Here's how to keep their cage clean—the way they like it, you like it, and your household likes it.
My family added two gerbils to our household and fell in love with them. Gerbils are a very friendly animal. They hardly ever bite, they're curious, and they'll often adapt to your schedule! Learn how to care for this fun and interesting pet.
Cleaning a guinea pig's cage is a lot easier than most people think. Here I will show you how I clean the piggy's cage in less than 10 mins.
Before you get a guinea pig as a pet, you probably ought to know how much they cost. We examine the start-up costs of obtaining a guinea pig, as well as the recurring monthly upkeep costs.
Step-by-step DIY instructions for a tent perfect for a rat, guinea pig, hamster, or other small pet.
Find out how to care for, feed and house a guinea pig. Which type of guinea pig to choose, pregnancy and breeding, where to buy cages and information on common diseases and treatments.
What causes pet guinea pigs to die early and unexpectedly? Know the potential causes and warning signs for when your guinea pig's life may be in danger.
Pet rats, whether hairless, dumbo, rex, or standard, all need vital supplies for their care and health. Cages and toys must be healthy & engaging as well. As a rat owner or breeder, are you equipped?
Black Bear hamsters are reported to be more tolerant of handling than other hamsters. They also seem to handle stressful conditions better than other hamster types. Learn more about this fun hamster breed.
Hairless rats make wonderful pets, but they do require a little more care than their furry counterparts and can suffer from a higher incidence of certain health problems.
In the age of constant recalls, nothing is more frustrating than worrying about what your pet should be eating. Seven years ago, as a pet store employee, I adopted a cute little guinea pig without a clue of what dry food I should feed him. Fresh...
This basic guide will cover the foods that cavies should eat and the foods you must avoid feeding them. Their diet is pretty simple, but there are certain things you need to be aware of in order to keep your guinea pigs healthy.
Do guinea pigs make good pets? The argument can be made that they are not simply good pets . . . they are great ones! Read on to discover the many reasons why guinea pigs make such good pets.
All rats should have a free-range area. Even if your rats have a large cage, it is important for them to have time outside the cage to run around and socialize with you.
Guinea-Pigs (Cavies), make perfect pets for both children and adults alike. They are sociable little creatures that enjoy being handled and seldom ever bite. Their enthusiasm for knowing it is feeding time or time for them to have a cuddle is usually very vocal, with a range of squeaks, whistles, purrs and grunting. Owners soon learn to recognise what the different sounds represent and find it highly amusing to hear their pet talking to them.
Most mouse owners find their pets hesitant to socialize. If you use this short list of techniques, you should be able to make your mouse feel safe, social, and affectionate.
Congratulations! You're the proud parent of some brand new hamster babies. To ensure their best chance of survival, here are six things you should never do while the pups are young.
Gerbils’ teeth are regenerative, meaning broken teeth will grow back, usually in about four days. However, until the tooth has grown back, it will be necessary to help your gerbil by preparing them a special diet.
Rats are very intelligent animals and thus need interesting cages and toys to keep them stimulated. Even if you do not own any tools, know how to sew, or have much time to build anything fancy, there are still many simple and easy ways to...
A comprehensive guide to what guinea pigs can, and cannot, safely eat along with specific tips about hay, pellets, and Vitamin C supplements.
If you have reptiles, you may want to start breeding feeder rodents. Rats and mice are the most common species. Shipping costs are only getting higher each year. Save tons of money and even make some!
A gerbil can be a fantastic addition to your home and family. They are fun, placid, and intelligent and make fantastic pets. But what do you need to consider when buying a gerbil?
Cleaning a guinea pig cage has never been easier! A step-by-step tutorial with photos explaining the process needed in order to use fleece for bedding in a guinea pig cage.
Do you want a pet gerbil but your parents don't like small pets? Read about how to convince your parents with research, responsibility and maturity.
Having guinea pigs is fun, but the cages you find in stores are quite small and get even tighter as they grow. Building your own cubes-and-corrugated plastic (C&C) cage is ideal and inexpensive.
Guinea pigs can get overheated very easily. Here is a step-by-step guide to immediately treat your overheated guinea pig.
From hammocks and chew toys, to ladders and houses, here is a list of DIY ideas for things you can make your rats.
Guinea pigs, although wonderful pets, tend to be expensive. Fortunately, I've learned some money saving tips from years of owning guinea pigs.
Training a guinea pig to use a litter box or pan might be a lot easier than you think. It's also much cleaner for the rest of the cage, which will save you a good bit of time when it's time to wash and clean the entire cage.
Do you know which foods are safe for your rat to eat? Here are lists of foods that are ok—and not ok—for rats to consume.
Thinking of getting a new pet? An experienced pet owner weighs the differences between multiple small pet options and gives an overall summary of what it is like to own a guinea pig.
Did you recently get a pet rat, or are you thinking about it? It's going to need a great name, and here are more than 125 to choose from. You'll find famous rat names, funny ones, cute ones, and even ones for pairs. Take a look, and hopefully you'll find the perfect one.
While there are many products marketed to small pets, guinea pigs require a diet consisting mostly of hay. Know what to feed (and what not to feed) your beloved small pet to ensure a long and healthy life!
Gambian pouched rats, or African giant pouched rats, are large animals that are kept as exotic pets. They are also used to detect land mines and tuberculosis.
Want to have rats as a pet? Rats are great pets, and have so many different benefits. If you have decided to have rats as pets, here are some reasons as to why you've made a great decision!
You can do so as long as you follow a few basic common sense rules. Guinea-pigs are wonderful pets, and if they are to be kept outside, the advice in this article will keep them safe and well cared for.
Tired of always running to the store to buy wood shavings? Don't like the messy clean up? Try making these washable fleece liners. They are comfortable and cost-effective!
Cage Rage aka Cage Aggression Syndrome can be a potentially serious psychological disorder that is often mistaken for a grumpy hamster or something else. The complete guide to cage rage.
There are many diets for rats on the market, but you may want to vary your pet's diet with something homemade.
Mice can make wonderful pets, but there are some things you should know before getting one... or two... or more. Read on for a complete guide to their care, handling, welfare and other information.
Thinking about adding a guinea pig to your family? Discover 10 things that you need to get in order to keep your cavy happy and healthy.
Do you have a new, squirmy pet rat? Learn how to build trust with your new friend and pick them up easily and safely.
Find out how long the guinea pig heat cycle is and their gestation length. Learn how to successfully breed guinea pigs. See a just born baby guinea pig.
A guide on choosing the right hamster cage, bedding, and food, as well as recommended items you need for a happier and healthier hamster.
Are rats dirty beasts or beloved pets? How did they go from being used in dog fights to being sent into outer space? Find out this and much more in this cheerful list of rat trivia.
Our pet guinea pigs roam free in a large outdoor enclosure. Natural living. Lots of tips and photos including pregnant guinea pigs, baby guinea pigs, outdoor housing.
Looking for cute guinea pig and cavy names? Here's some handpicked suggestions for naming guinea pigs after celebrities, famous book characters and more!
Guinea Pigs: The Eco-Friendly Vegetable Removal System Miriam Kaefert, CC-BY-SA-2.0-de, via Wikimedia Commons Have you decided to bring a guinea pig into your home? As pets go they are quite easy to care for, but there are still a few essential...
Are your pet rats suffering in the summer heat? Learn the signs of an overheated rat, as well as how to prevent heat stroke and heat stress in your pet rats. Keep your rats healthy this summer!
Hamsters, like humans, can suffer problems with their reproductive organs. Uterine problems are especially common with breeding hamsters or older ones and only occur in females.
Have you been wondering how to get cheap pet rat cages? Here are a few ideas and tips to avoid spending lots of money!
If you've been caught off guard by a pet mouse pregnancy, taking care of them doesn't have to be difficult. Having recently experienced this, I chronicled my actions. I offer a step-by-step list of suggestions for properly receiving new pets into this world.
Some simple steps to get even the shyest of hamsters to trust you and become your fluffy best friend.
So you are getting a guinea pig? First things first, you need to pick a name! There is plenty to choose from in this article: cute and funny names for both males and females.
The Roborovski hamster is the smallest, quickest and liveliest species of hamster. A complete guide to the hamsters and their care.
Rats are not the dirty creatures we believe them to be. They can become the reason you get up in the morning.
Anatomically speaking, mice are harmless. In most cases, they won't attempt to bite you unless threatened and, even then, they are unlikely to cause much damage. Here's how to fight your fear of mice!
If you've never considered a pet rat, perhaps it's time you should! Here's how to care for your pet rat—from cage setup, feeding and watering, enrichment, and long-term care—here's everything you need to know.
Orphaned hamsters, gerbils, and other rodents have very little chance of survival unless their owner is already prepared and knowledgeable about what to do. Learning how to take care of these newborn rodents should be the first priority before breeding hamsters or other pocket pets.
Are your pet rat's nails too long or sharp? Learn how to safely trim your rat's nails using a nail scissor or clipper, as well as how to file down your rat's nails naturally.
Bringing home a new guinea pig? One of the most difficult yet important parts of the process is coming up with a name for your new pet. Here are some guinea pig name ideas for girls, boys, and guineas or all coat colors.
Curious about learning hamster first aid? We'll discuss how to prevent hamster falls—one of the main causes of injury to these small pets. We'll also talk about how to deal with mites and other conditions.
Do you have an adorable ball of fluffy hamster at home, but can't decide what to name him? Your problem is solved, with this great list of hamster names, including suggestions by type, appearance, and number of hamsters you have.
Is your dog aggressive toward your pet rat? It is common for dogs to see rats as "food" and not "friends". Learn how to introduce your rat to your dog and protect it from your dog if needed.
A complete guide to wet tail in hamsters. Causes, symptoms, treatment, and outlook. What to do if you think your pet has wet tail.
Information about Abyssinian guinea pigs, including the Abyssinian personality, care tips, colour guide, types, the history of the breed and what makes them the ideal pet for both children and adults.
Hairless rats make for wonderful pets but when it comes to breeding them one must consider their peculiarities and their special needs. This is not a hobby to enter lightly! Read more on the proper husbandry and breeding of hairless rats here.
Although guinea pigs may seem very simple to care for, there are many common mistakes. Here are five frequent misconceptions and how to avoid them to become a better caretaker for your cavy.
A guide to health problems pet mice can suffer from along with treatment options and outlook. Like with any other pet, mice are no exception to health risks, and many illnesses are treatable.
Fancy rats now come with three possible eye colorations, four different fur types, two ear types, and thousands of different markings and colors. How was such diversity achieved? Where did it all come from? Find out in this article.
Pet mice may get lonely if they live alone, but they may fight if a new mouse shows up in their territory. After successfully introducing three adult male mice, I created a list of things of suggestions for anyone else who might need to do this.
Hamsters as pets have lots of positives—they are cute, clean, and easy to care for. There are also downsides, however, and this article lists the 5 main negatives of keeping these rodents.
Guidelines for the size of your hamster cage, associated research and cage-buying options. We will also take a look at why Critter Trails might not be so terrible.