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.
One of the natural wonders of the world is watching a hamster stuff his or her cheeks. They can carry the equivalent of their own bodyweight in their cheeks. Their food bowls are always empty. Depending on what species you have, they only weigh a...
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.
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.
Why isn't your guinea pig drinking water? This article explains how much water guinea pigs need and when to worry about your guinea pig's water intake.
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.
My family just took a little trip to petsmart the other day and fell in love with two adorable gerbils, we were surprised to see how active and friendly they are, they truly have been a great addition to our household which consists of myself, my...
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.
There are several species of hamsters being kept as pets today, and they all require a bit different care, so it's important to know the difference between the species to know which hamster is right for you. Make sure you know everything there is to...
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. When rats have a cozy bed to sleep in close to your chest they...
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.
Goes in as carrots, comes out as beans It's not actually poo that the guinea pigs are eating. However, it looks like poo and comes out of the same place. And it's actually vital to your guinea pig's health and well being. Truth is definitely...
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.
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!
Most guinea pig owners don't realize that there is another option for a guinea pig cage that is not only cheaper, but 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.
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.
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...
A complete guide to wet tail in hamsters. Causes, symptoms, treatment and outlook. What to do if you think your pet has wet tail.
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!
If you have decided to breed your rats or have a pregnant female, you have to expect 8-15 babies, sometimes even more. However, first of all: Don't underestimate your pet rats. She has probably prepared a nest in her house, piling up everything she...
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, many illness are treatable.
I have to come clean. I love pet rats. Of all the animals I've had in my life, rats are some of the best. If you're already sold on rats as pets, your next step is to decide which gender(s) to get. This can be a tough choice, especially if you're...
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.
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.
Do you need to introduce a new pet rat to your rat family? Learn the gradual, step-by-step introductory process recommended by experts along with useful tips and personal insight.
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.
I live in a pet store. In my bedding of fleece Spend my day behind glass Where I’m tapped at and teased I take my food in rations And my water from pipes I run the wheel with passion But mostly at night. Do I sound cute? Well...
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.
There are many dangers that are associated with breeding pet fancy rats. Will the doe die? What if the kits are abandoned or born deformed? Be prepared for scary situations, and know your options!
Looking for cute guinea pig and cavy names? Here's some handpicked suggestions for naming guinea pigs after celebrities, famous book characters and more!
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.
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 gerbil can be a fantastic addition to your home and family. They are great fun, placid, and intelligent and make fantastic pets. But what do you need to consider when buying a gerbil?
Hamsters are usually pretty resilient, and you're not really going to see a broken bone very often, but when it happens it can be scary for you and your little guy. Broken legs aren't as big of a concern with larger animals because the vet can...
Learn about the best types of bedding for pet rats, including paper pellet bedding, straw pellet bedding, cloth bedding and more. Also learn about what bedding not to use with your precious pet rats.
All you Abysinians, stand up! The Abyssinian guinea pig is one of the most popular and recognizeable breeds of guinea pig in the world. They can be any color in the guinea pig rainbow and breed readily with other breeds of guinea pigs. The only...
A new Pampered Hamster has risen and her name is Elsa. Enjoy Elsa's reflections on living with a human family in this sequel to my hub titled "Adventures of a Pampered Hamster."
Many people want a small pet but which is the right choice for you? Are you a fish person or do you want something cuddly and soft? Perhaps a bird or a frog would do?
From hammocks and chew toys to ladders and houses, here is a list of DIY ideas for things you can make your rats.
Rats are not the dirty creatures we believe them to be. They can become the reason you get up in the morning.
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.
Guinea pigs can get overheated very easily. Here is a step-by-step guide to immediately treat your overheated guinea pig.
Details essential items which you need to care for your pet Syrian hamster. Includes Housing, feeding and hamster illnesses.
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...
How I took care of three blind baby mice and how you can do it too. Instructions and the story of the time I cared for baby mice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike adult hamsters, where the sexual characteristics are amazingly obvious, the babies look virtually identical.
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?
Piggies think burrowing and nibbling are fun. A guinea pig's idea of fun differs a lot from other pet's ideas of fun. Although you may come across balls and wheels in pet shops or online stores that say they are toys for guinea pigs, they are...
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.
The fun thing about having pets is spending time interacting with them. It's not fun for them or you if all they do is sit in a hutch or cage all day, waiting for their next meal. Of course, you should always have two or more guinea pigs, as they...
Hamsters are well known for being escape artists. If your pet hamster does escape, here are some tips for finding your missing pet.
Pet stores contradict themselves when selling mice; they are social animals, but if you put them together they will fight. Mouse psychology is complex, and their various instincts sparks conflict between them from time to time. With the proper understanding, you can tell whether your mice need to live together or if they're in danger of hurting each other.
Pet mouse odor can easily be reduced using a few cheap and simple methods. Certain products available at pet stores can eliminate smells from the cage, and by cleaning carefully on a regular schedule you can stop your mouse from marking territory with his scent.
So you have your rat, but he/she is very shy. I will teach you how to bond with your pet rats, and show you some great activities you can do with them.
Hamsters are able to get pregnant as young as 4 weeks old. They have the babies about 30 days later. They can have up to 10 or more babies in one litter, so be ready.
First aid for hamsters. How to avoid falls, one of the main causes of injury to a hamster. Plus what to do in the case of mites and other illnesses and injuries.
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 him a special diet.
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.
There are 25 species of hamsters of which 5 are considered excellent pets. Learn everything you need to know about the basics of hamster care.
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.
Rats make wonderful pets. Learn more about their charms and how to take care of them (and browse many videos and photos)!
Guinea pigs, although wonderful pets, tend to be expensive. Fortunately, I've learned some money saving tips from years of owning guinea pigs.
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.
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.
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.
The Roborovski hamster is the smallest, quickest and liveliest species of hamster. A complete guide to the hamsters and their care.
Do you have a gerbil that seems depressed? Depression is not only common among people these days but also can apply to animals/pets in this case regarding gerbils. Let me first state that having a depressed gerbil does NOT make you a bad owner,...
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 already have one dwarf hamster and are thinking about adding a friend to make things more cozy, you should first make sure you are prepared to have two separate cages. This is just in case the two decide they definitely don't care for each...
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.
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.
Trying to train guinea pigs to use a litter pan might be a lot easier than you think. It's also a lot cleaner for the rest of the cage. And also saves a good bit of time for washing the entire cage and cleaning them as well.
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. This page provides some ideas of what to put in your play area, where to set up...
This hub will go over the most common health issues guinea pigs tend to have, and what you can do to treat or prevent these issues from happening to your guinea pig.
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...
Do you have a new, squirmy pet rat? Learn how to build trust with your new friend and pick them up easily and safely.
A few tips and guidelines one should know about hamsters before and during owning one. Temperament, Adjusting perdiod, diet, housing, and behaviors.
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 males and females.
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.
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.
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!
Contrary to popular opinion, rats can't eat everything. Read on to learn now not to poison your pet rat!
Rats can be defined by many factors; one individual rat may be defined by one or more factors. These factors include, color, coat type, markings, and body type. Some rats may be specifically defined by many factors.
Gerbil's teeth and claws are always growing and getting longer, a lot of people will just let them and will venver stop and think how this is affecting their pet, or the relationship they have with their gerbil. While longs claws and sharp teeth...
Before you get a guinea pig as a pet, you probably ought to know how much guinea pigs cost. We examine the start-up costs of obtaining a guinea pig, as well as the recurring monthly upkeep costs.
Mice can make wonderful pets but there are some things you should know before getting one... or two... or more. A complete guide to their care, handling, welfare and other information.
Pet Gerbil's will eat a variaty of different things, but what's healthy and whats not for your pet gerbils is another thing. Gerbils will eat foods like: Nuts Seeds Fruits Vegetables These are all healthy for gerbils. There are some foods for...
Guinea pigs can't eat everything. In fact, certain things will make them quite sick. Learn more about recommended diet before you accidentally kill your pet.
Have you been wondering how to get cheap pet rat cages? Here are a few ideas and tips to avoid spending lots of money!
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.
Step-by-step DIY instructions for a tent perfect for a rat, guinea pig, hamster, or other small pet.
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!
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.
Cage pets can be entertaining and interactive pets, and can provide children with a sense of responsiblity and empathy, but may require some patience and time to properly socialize.
Probably the most common illness in hamsters besides wettail is going to be a respiratory infection. It's very common among hamsters that come from pet stores, as in most cases they're stressed so their immune system is weakened, making them more...
There are many diets for rats on the market, but you may want to vary your pet's diet with something homemade.