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How to Keep Pinky Mice

How to Keep Pinky Mice

Pinky mice are baby mice who still have pink skin and have not fully developed yet. Pinky mice usually are raised by their mother until they are old enough to take care of themselves and they should not get separated from their mother unless the mother dies or is ill. Keeping pinky mice safe is a jo......[Read More]
How to Cure Hamster Diarrhea

How to Cure Hamster Diarrhea

Diarrhea in hamsters is also called wet tail, and a serious case of diarrhea can be fatal to a hamster due to dehydration. If you observe wet feces in your hamster's cage, if its tail is constantly dirty and if it constantly sits in a hunched posture, your hamster likely has diarrhea. Quick treatmen......[Read More]
About Roborovski Hamsters

About Roborovski Hamsters

Roborovski hamsters (Phodopus roborovskii) are a species of dwarf hamster native to China. They were introduced into the United States in 1998 and are slowly gaining in popularity. This variety of hamster is not recommended for small children because they are very small, they move very quickly, and ......[Read More]
Help With a Hamster That Has a Cold

Help With a Hamster That Has a Cold

The common golden hamster has long been a staple of the pet world, residing in colorful habitats and glass cages in homes all over the globe. As they are relatively easy to care for, and diminutive in size, hamsters are a common choice for a child's first pet or a comfortable stand by for those seek......[Read More]
Does Hanging an Owl Decoy Scare Away Squirrels?

Does Hanging an Owl Decoy Scare Away Squirrels?

Squirrels may look cute, but to many gardeners and homeowners they can be pests. The most problematic situation is when squirrels set up nests in the attics of homes where they can chew through electrical wiring. In the garden they can chew up plants and dig up seeds. Other gardeners are worried abo......[Read More]
How Long for a Gerbil to Mature

How Long for a Gerbil to Mature

Gerbils only live from two to four years, so they mature quickly in comparison to other mammals. A female gerbil can become pregnant when she is merely nine weeks old. Female gerbils produce up to 12 babies in a litter, although the average litter size is six. Unless you're breeding gerbils, males n......[Read More]
How to Buy a Chinchilla

How to Buy a Chinchilla

Chinchillas are small and cute, with soft, silky fur, which makes them popular pets. But chinchillas can be challenging to care for. They have special needs that can make their upkeep difficult and expensive. Before buying a chinchilla, prepare with the right items.......[Read More]
Behavioral Adaptations of Ducks to Water

Behavioral Adaptations of Ducks to Water

Ducks are adapted for swimming in water. They are adapted to catch food in water and to take flight from water. But ducks' behavioral adaptations, to water or otherwise, are often related to their physiological adaptations. Scientists tend to focus on those morphological changes, but when behavioral......[Read More]
How to Get Rid of Those Little Mites in My Hamster's Cage

How to Get Rid of Those Little Mites in My Hamster's Cage

Mites are one of the most common pests you may encounter when keeping small animals, including hamsters, one of the world's most popular pets. Not only are mites annoying to your pet, but the stress they cause can lead to aggression and general unhealthiness. Luckily, there is an effective and safe ......[Read More]
How to Avoid a Rodent Infestation

How to Avoid a Rodent Infestation

Rodent infestations can case disease as well as destroy property. Keeping rodents away from human settlements has been an ongoing battle for thousands of years, but there are several ways to win this battle and keep the rodents out for good.......[Read More]
How to Check Gerbil Teeth

How to Check Gerbil Teeth

Gerbils are a typical first pet for many children. While gerbils do not require a lot of maintenance, they do require some. Checking a gerbil's teeth is essential for the health of the gerbil. Gerbils, like all rodents, grow teeth their entire lives. If your gerbil is handled frequently, it should h......[Read More]
The Diet of the Rattus Norvegicus

The Diet of the Rattus Norvegicus

The Rattus Norvegicus has many names. It is known as the Norway rat or the brown rat, as well as other names from locations where it is found, such as the sewer rat or wharf rat. A rat that can survive in these locations can eat many different items for food. According to the National Park Service, ......[Read More]
What Hamsters Are Good for Pets?

What Hamsters Are Good for Pets?

Hamsters are small rodents native to Europe and Asia. These herbivorous creatures are common in the pet trade, but not all hamsters make the best pets. Some species are naturally more aggressive toward humans. Others do well in captivity when kept alone, but don't live well with other members of the......[Read More]
What Are Some Enemies of the Rice Rat?

What Are Some Enemies of the Rice Rat?

The rice rat is a small rodent that can range from 7 to 12 inches in length. They are found commonly along the east coast of the U.S. and as far west as Kansas. Some subspecies of the rice rat are considered endangered due to loss of habitat and the number of natural and domestic predators.......[Read More]
How to Get Rid of Rats When You Have Dogs

How to Get Rid of Rats When You Have Dogs

Getting rid of rats when you have dogs can prove tricky. Rats gather where dogs live because they can often find food and water. Methods used to kill rats can be harmful or even fatal to pets. Keep your beloved Fido and rid yourself of rodent company with a few home maintenance and rat extermination......[Read More]
Facts on Male Hamsters

Facts on Male Hamsters

Should you choose a male hamster or a female hamster? According to "Training Your Pet Hamster" (Gerry Buscis & Barbara Somerville, 2002), there is very little difference in between keeping male or female hamsters as pets. Both sexes have roughly the same temperament, no matter which of the several p......[Read More]
Facts About Dwarf Hamsters

Facts About Dwarf Hamsters

Dwarf hamsters get their name because they are noticeably smaller than the first species of hamster to be domesticated, the Syrian or golden hamster. Dwarf hamsters became popular pets after they were introduced to the pet market in the 1970s.......[Read More]
Information on Gerbils and Hamsters

Information on Gerbils and Hamsters

Gerbils and hamsters require the same basic care, including a proper and well-balanced diet, access to fresh water at all times and regular interaction with their owners. However, a few differences do exist between these rodent species, and they should be carefully considered before selecting one as......[Read More]
Lifespan of Hamsters

Lifespan of Hamsters

Hamsters are probably the best known caged pet. They're cute and cuddly, and they can be a great first pet. One of the characteristics of hamsters is their short lifespan. Yet that depends on the type of hamster and how well you take care of it. "Aging" hamsters also make good pets, but taking care ......[Read More]
How to Train Your Old Dwarf Hamster

How to Train Your Old Dwarf Hamster

Dwarf hamsters are usually territorial and don't like to be handled too much, especially as they get older. However, you can train an old dwarf hamster to accept your touch. All you need is a little patience, consistency and a pair of leather gloves for safety. After some training, your old dwarf ha......[Read More]