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The size of the cage will vary based on the species of rabbit you own and the area your home can accommodate. Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to clean the cage on a regular basis.
Rabbits like to eat and drink out of shallow, wide bowls. Rabbits love to eat and chew, but due to their small size, they don't require a lot of food. You can tell that you’re over-feeding your rabbit if he or she starts to appear overweight and less active.
Your rabbit will like to a lot of different activities both for play and a happy lifestyle. Primarily, your rabbit will want to chew, play, and burrow. Below are some tips for each of those: Chewing, Playing, and Burrowing.
The House Rabbit Society recommends organic litters, made from alfalfa, oat, citrus or paper. In general, stay away from litter made from softwoods, like pine or cedar, as these products have been linked to liver problems.
It’s a good idea to brush your rabbit’s hair at least once a week, but as often as once per day depending on the species of rabbit you own. Clipping nails can be done once every three months, and be sure to use the appropriate size scissors for your rabbit to avoid injury.
Gerbils should be housed in a terrarium with a wire mesh or similar top that allows for ventilation. Wire cages with plastic bottoms are okay as well. If you have multiple gerbils, a larger tiered cage is nice because it gives your pets more room and allows them some room to climb and explore.
A healthy, balanced diet will help your gerbil live a long and happy life. Fresh water should be kept in a bottle in the cage. Feeding your gerbil every day at the same time will help your pet establish a routine, and you can feed them other treats throughout the day.
Gerbil teeth grow their whole lives, so they have a constant need to chew. Any natural tree product, even cardboard, is a healthy way for them to keep their teeth length in check and provide fun for them as well.
No, you do not need to groom your pet in the traditional sense. However, you can provide your gerbil with a dust bath, which these little desert creatures love! You can put some sawdust, or other dust bath product, into a bowl in their cage and they’ll do the rest.
Gerbils should be housed in a terrarium with a wire mesh or similar top that allows for proper ventilation. Wire cages with plastic bottoms are okay as well. You may choose to purchase a connectable cage, which will allow your hamster to burrow from place to place. This also mimics their natural habitat, but they are large and take up a lot of space.
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