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How to Care for an Aging Hamster

How to Care for an Aging Hamster

The average lifespan of a hamster is somewhere between 2 years and 3 years of age. Unfortunately, as these critters age, they are susceptible to the same physical deterioration and age-related diseases as humans. They may begin to require special care with daily activities like eating and drinking o......[Read More]
What Happens If You Feed a Hamster Too Many Vegetables?

What Happens If You Feed a Hamster Too Many Vegetables?

Taking care of and feeding hamsters can be a child's first pet-related job, or a responsibility for the whole family. Hamsters' diets consist of pellets composed of grasses, grains and essential vitamins for optimal growth and health. They also benefit from a small amount of fresh fruits and vegetab......[Read More]
What Kind of Cage Does a Stick Insect Need?

What Kind of Cage Does a Stick Insect Need?

There are over 2,500 species of stick insect in the world. Most live in subtropical and tropical environments with medium to high levels of humidity. They also eat similar food plants, consisting mostly of bramble plants. Because they are so similar, a cage for any kind of stick insect shares severa......[Read More]
How Can I Get a Pet Black Chipmunk?

How Can I Get a Pet Black Chipmunk?

The black chipmunk is a very rare animal that is rarely seen in nature. The black chipmunk gets its black color by a mutation in the color gene. The scientific name for the black chipmunk is the "melanistic chipmunk," meaning black, opposite of "albino," meaning white. It will not be an easy task to......[Read More]
How to Make a Mice Habitat

How to Make a Mice Habitat

Social and entertaining, domesticated mice are easy to care for making them an excellent choice as small pets. Mice are best kept in pairs or small groups of females, as males will fight if placed together in the same cage. As mice are prolific breeders, with a gestation period of around 18 days, pl......[Read More]
How to Tame a Wild Squirrel

How to Tame a Wild Squirrel

Patience is the key when it comes to trying to tame a wild squirrel. Just like some people are friendlier than others, so are squirrels. They are smarter than most people think and are hard wired to not completely trust humans. Each one probably has a family member that ended up on someone's dinner ......[Read More]
Building Rat Cages

Building Rat Cages

Store-bought rat cages are often much too small to happily accommodate a pet rodent. They can also be very difficult to clean, an important point to consider if multiple rats are kept together. Building a rat cage at home is an affordable solution for those seeking custom housing for their pets, and......[Read More]
How Do Squirrels Adapt to Their Surroundings?

How Do Squirrels Adapt to Their Surroundings?

Squirrels originated in western North America 36 million years ago, according to Duke University scientists. It took another 6 million years for the animals to start migrating to the rest of the world. During that period, the Earth was experiencing harsh climatic conditions that forced this migratio......[Read More]
How to Make a Self-Feeding Pig Feeder

How to Make a Self-Feeding Pig Feeder

Pigs require a constant supply of food to keep them healthy while fattening them up. Whether you are raising a pet pig or a pig to sell for meat, the animals eat large amounts of food so you need to be prepared for that. Take the time to build a self-feeding pig feeder so you do not have to worry ab......[Read More]
DIY Bush Pig

DIY Bush Pig

Bush pigs, or bushpigs, are part of the pig family and related to the warthog. While similar to the warthog in looks, bush pigs tend to be larger, have smaller tusks and lack warts. They have long hair that ranges from red to black. If you own acres of private property and are interested in raising ......[Read More]
How to Keep Hamster Teeth Healthy

How to Keep Hamster Teeth Healthy

Your pet hamster uses his teeth all day long to eat, shred his bedding to make a nest, chew on his toys and even help clean his fur. Keeping your hamster’s teeth healthy is important so they don’t become overgrown or rotten.......[Read More]
What Are the Treatments for Hair Loss in Dwarf Hamsters?

What Are the Treatments for Hair Loss in Dwarf Hamsters?

Why is your dwarf hamster losing its hair and should you be concerned? Is hair loss indicative of a disease or just a natural occurrence? Knowing the basic causes of hamster hair loss as well as some preliminary treatment to try at home may save you a visit to the veterinarian.......[Read More]
How to Raise a Magpie

How to Raise a Magpie

The magpie is a common wild bird that eats insects such as beetles, larvae (worm stage of insect growth) and earthworms. Magpies have higher protein requirements than other birds as they progress to their adolescent and adult maturity stages, which is why they don't naturally eat plant seeds and sma......[Read More]
Supplements for Hamsters

Supplements for Hamsters

Supplements add variety to a hamster's diethamster eating image by cat from Fotolia.comPet hamsters generally enjoy chewing, frolicking, nesting and eating. While most of the store-bought hamster foods are already infused with all the vitamins and minerals your pet needs for optimum.........[Read More]
How to Care for a Male Dwarf Hamster

How to Care for a Male Dwarf Hamster

The cuddliness and cuteness of dwarf hamsters makes them a popular pet for both children and adults. The Siberian hamster, Roborovskii hamster, Djungarian hamster, and Chinese hamster are the most common species of dwarf hamsters. Although caring for a dwarf hamster is relatively simple, it does req......[Read More]
Treatment for Mites in Hamsters

Treatment for Mites in Hamsters

Pet hamsters should be observed daily for any changes or signs that might indicate illness. If you notice small, moving spots on your hamster or excessive scratching, your hamster probably has mites. Your hamster can catch mites from other hamsters or from bedding materials. Consult your veterinaria......[Read More]
How to Tell if Baby Hamsters Are Boys or Girls

How to Tell if Baby Hamsters Are Boys or Girls

Determining the sex of baby hamsters can be challenging because they have not sexually matured. Adult males usually exhibit large testicles, the presence or absence of which make sex clear, but this distinction isn't present at a young age. As a result, the younger the hamster, the more difficult it......[Read More]
How to Catch a Rat Using a Live Trap

How to Catch a Rat Using a Live Trap

Rats carry diseases, can cause damage to your home and are usually unwanted guests. You can go the more humane route and capture a rat using a live trap. These traps will not hurt the animal, but you will want to be careful where you release the animal. Rats have been living with humans for centurie......[Read More]