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How to Use A Hamster Ball

How to Use A Hamster Ball

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly ... and hamsters gotta run. In the wild, hamsters run up to two miles per night in gathering food. When a hamster doesn't run, it is more prone to being destructive and getting sick. Hamster balls are a great way to let your furry friend get his exercise and get you......[Read More]
How to Care for a Hairless Guinea Pig

How to Care for a Hairless Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs have long been popular house pets--they rarely bite, have a calm temperament and are relatively easy to take care of, making them an ideal first pet for children. A newer, more exotic twist is the hairless guinea pig, which offers the qualities of a traditional guinea pig plus an unconve......[Read More]
How to Know What to Feed to Guinea Pigs

How to Know What to Feed to Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs, sometimes called cavies, make great pets. They are affectionate, cute, and fairly easy to care for in captivity. They do have some distinct nutritional requirements, however, and failing to feed your guinea pig the right food will cause him to get sick. Guinea pigs who are not fed corre......[Read More]
Mouse Breeding Protocols

Mouse Breeding Protocols

Raising mice is an enjoyable hobby if good protocols are in place.Little mouse image by Multiart from Fotolia.comRaising mice is an interesting and enjoyable hobby. Rodent enthusiasts choose to breed mice for a variety of purposes: to produce show-quality pets, to create a population of.........[Read More]
How to Breed Chipmunks

How to Breed Chipmunks

Chipmunks are animals from the squirrel family that prefer to live in groups, according to pet care website Petcaregt. They are usually African and North American in origin. It is best to breed them while they are young, because they're most likely to be in their best health at that time. Avoid atte......[Read More]
What Do You Feed Wild Mice?

What Do You Feed Wild Mice?

Wild mice often live in dark, hidden places. From farm fields to the interior walls of your home, mice like to stay hidden. They will chew through anything to make a nest and find a safe place to hide. They will often store food in their hiding places, so they can safely eat, out of sight.......[Read More]
How to Catch a Wild Rat

How to Catch a Wild Rat

Wild rats are incredibly intelligent and reasonably tame, but they usually do not make good pets. But perhaps a wild rat has gotten into a place where he shouldn't be and you need to remove him, but don't want to kill him. Whatever your reason for catching a wild rat, you need to do it with the le......[Read More]
What Can You Put in a Hamster Cage Besides Cedar?

What Can You Put in a Hamster Cage Besides Cedar?

Cedar and pine wood shavings are traditional materials to use as bedding in a hamster cage, but both are inherently dangerous: The oils in both cedar and pine shavings can cause upper-respiratory infections in hamsters after inhalation. These materials can also be painful when stepped on by the hams......[Read More]
How to Make a Degu Hammock

How to Make a Degu Hammock

A Degu is a small rodent that has the appearance of a hamster, but is slightly smaller. They originally came from Chile, but are now popular pets and can be found throughout the world. They are very social creatures by nature and are diurnal, meaning that they sleep during the evening and are active......[Read More]
Homemade Guinea Pig Cages With Wire Shelving

Homemade Guinea Pig Cages With Wire Shelving

Most pet stores sell a variety of cages designed to accommodate a guinea pig, however, homemade cages offer cheaper, larger and more flexible alternatives. Making a guinea pig cage from scratch is a fairly easy task, only requiring a few easy-to-find materials and a little bit of patience. The most ......[Read More]
How to Keep a Pet Rat

How to Keep a Pet Rat

Rats can make intelligent, affectionate pets. They are active and social so they require a devoted owner who will give them plenty of attention. Follow these steps to learn how to keep a pet rat.......[Read More]
Why Do Siberian Dwarf Hamsters Fight?

Why Do Siberian Dwarf Hamsters Fight?

Siberian and other varieties of dwarf hamsters are more social than the Syrian species and tend to live peacefully in same sex pairs or groups. However, even these communal animals can be incited to fight under certain conditions, leading to serious injury and even death.......[Read More]
How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice Without Harming Pets

How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice Without Harming Pets

Poisons and traps may harm or kill pets instead of pests. Traps should only be considered in areas pets can't get. The natural way used for thousands of years is still the best way to get rid of rats and mice.......[Read More]
How to Hand-Feed American Red Squirrels

How to Hand-Feed American Red Squirrels

If you live in Canada or in the Rocky Mountain region, North Central or North East United States, chances are you've seen American red squirrels foraging and scampering in your yard or in local parks. For time to time, a baby squirrel can become separated from its mother, and you might find the bab......[Read More]
How to Keep a Cardboard Box Warm

How to Keep a Cardboard Box Warm

Small animals are commonly housed in cardboard boxes when transported to the vet, or when found in the wild and being temporarily cared for. Some animals are accustomed to warm conditions, and others may need to keep their body temperature up because of illness. During the winter, pets kept in boxes......[Read More]
About Winter White Hamsters

About Winter White Hamsters

The Winter White Hamster has its origins in Eastern Kazakhstan and Southwest Siberia. Because of this, it is sometimes known as the Siberian Hamster. The Winter White makes its home among the open range grasslands in Russia.......[Read More]
How to Put a Wodent Wheel Together

How to Put a Wodent Wheel Together

Sitting in a cage all day can get a bit boring, not to mention the fat you gain by laying around with no exercise. That's why your small rodent could make good use out of a Wodent Wheel, which gets them exercise and keeps them occupied. By running around in a continuous pattern, your pet can burn ca......[Read More]
How to Hand Train a Chinchilla

How to Hand Train a Chinchilla

The enjoyment of owning a hand-trained chinchilla is worth all the time you put into earning the trust of your new pet. Chinchillas are naturally very fearful, jumpy animals. In the wild they are prey to many animals, so it is in their instincts to not want to be grabbed or held. A chinchilla purpo......[Read More]
How to Feed Ground Squirrels

How to Feed Ground Squirrels

Ground squirrels are vegetarians for the most part, although they will occasionally eat small insects such as grasshoppers, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The ground squirrel will respond well to a variety of fruit, nuts, vegetables and hay in order to keep healthy. Pet owners are r......[Read More]
How to Make a Squirrel Guard Baffle

How to Make a Squirrel Guard Baffle

Most commercially made squirrel guard baffles are not very expensive, but why pay money for a squirrel baffle when you can easily make your own? You can create a homemade guard baffle to keep squirrels and other predators out of your birdhouses and feeders using a stovepipe or PVC pipe. Stovepipe gu......[Read More]