Category Archives: Pets

Handling Guinea Pigs

Guinea-pigs are so naturally tame that little difficulty should be experienced in handling for the first time. Most animals show some signs of nervousness with strangers and this nervousness can be overcome by treating the animal kindly and unhurriedly. Gently stroke and pet him but make no attempt to pick him op if he cowersContinue Reading

Feeding Guinea Pigs

The guinea-pig will accept a great many different foods and these may be grouped into two sorts. Dry food and green stuff of various descriptions. Both kinds of food are essential and, in this respect, both guinea-pigs and rabbits differ from most other pet rodents who can live on a dry diet with a bareContinue Reading

Guinea Pig Hutches

The larger size of the guinea-pig requires that the animal be kept in a hutch rather than a cage. Whatever is used—whether cage or hutch—it should not be less than 24in. Long, 18in. Deep and 12in. High. This would be suitable for a single animal, a pair could do with a hutch of similar widthContinue Reading

Buying Guinea Pigs

The guinea-pig is larger than rats, mice and hamsters. A fully grown animal will weigh between two and three pounds and be about nine inches long. They have squat, tubby bodies and are surprisingly strong. Young people handling a guinea-pig for the first time may be astonished at an absence of tail (even the hamsterContinue Reading

How To Look After Pet Rats

Have you ever thought of keeping a rat? Most people would probably admit an aversion to the idea, thinking that the animal is vicious and dirty. They could scarcely be more mistaken. The tame rat differs from the wild animal about as much as the domestic dog differs from the wolf. This is not theContinue Reading

Looking After Pet Mice

The hamster may have displaced mice as the most popular of small rodents but, nevertheless, mice are still cute little creatures and have an irresistible appeal for many boys and girls. Pet mice are clean, docile and very adaptable animals, thriving on all sorts of food and often in spite of far from ideal conditions.Continue Reading

Common Ailments Of Gerbils

Gerbils have few ailments provided they are housed in clean, dry cages, fed sensibly, kept away from draughts and not exposed to extremes of temperature. This is all to the good, because it is not easy to doctor small animals. Gerbils may have their “off” days when they are quieter than normal but they soonContinue Reading

Breeding Gerbils

A pair of healthy gerbils living together can be expected to produce a litter of young in due course. Sexual maturity occurs about 9 to 12 weeks of age and pregnancy lasts about 25 days. Therefore, the first litter could be arriving about the 15th week. However, do not worry if a litter does notContinue Reading

Handling Gerbils

The art of taming gerbils is in encouraging the animals to become used to you. Young gerbils are often nervous and this is due to inexperience. It is essential to be gentle, unhurried and not to force the pace. Make the gerbils’ natural curiosity work for you. Leave the cage door open on a tableContinue Reading

Feeding Gerbils

A “special” food for gerbils is unnecessary. Their diet is somewhat more restricted than that of the hamster but nevertheless provides plenty of variety. A simple guide is to give ample food but not sufficient for the food to go to waste. Food which has been fouled by urine or has deteriorated with age canContinue Reading

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