Small Animal General Care
The right small animal diet, a clean and dry habitat, fresh food and water, safe toys, and attention every day are important elements that will make your small animal happy and healthy.
How often you clean your animal's cage depends on the cage size and the number of animals living in the cage. About once each week, remove all bedding and wash the cage with a mild soap solution. Rinse the cage with clean water to remove all soap residue. Always replace the old bedding with fresh bedding. A dirty cage could result in your pet developing respiratory problems due to ammonia build up in the cage caused by urine.
Small Animal Diet and Treats
In their natural habitats, small mammals may eat a wide variety of foods, foraging to meet their needs. Most small mammals are herbivores (eating only plants), although a few are omnivores (eating animals and plants). As companions, they have the same needs, which you can meet with the premium daily diets manufactured by Kaytee—Fiesta Max, Forti-Diet Pro-Health, exact, and many others.
Some small mammals will require dietary supplements along with their Kaytee diets, such as dark leafy greens, vegetables and fruits. Find out more about Kaytee products.
Small Animal Interaction and Socialization
The more time you spend with your small animal pet, the more social it will become. Be sure the time spent is quality time, and the animal is being handled gently and with slow movements and love.
Small Animal Cages and Health
The proper habitat for a small animal will differ depending on the animal. From chinchillas to rabbits to rats, Kaytee has the right cages for your furry friend. See all of the Kaytee products here.
It's very important to bring your small animal pet to a veterinarian for an annual check-up. Some will need annual vaccinations, such as rabbits and ferrets. Doing some homework is recommended before purchasing a small mammal as a pet.
- The Guide to Owning a Rat by Susan Fox
- The Guide to Owning a Rabbit by Anne Lindsay
- The Guide to Owning a Ferret by Mary Field
- The Guide to Owning a Guinea Pig by Graham J. Edsel
- The Guide to Owning a Hamster by Anmarie Barrie
- The Guide to Owning a Chinchilla by Anmarie Barrie
- The Guide to Owning a Gerbil by Perry Putman
- The Guide to Owning a Mouse by Howard Hirschhorn