Hints & Tips

Small Pets

Rabbits

There is a great diversity of rabbits available today; this is largely a result of their ever growing popularity as a pet, particularly with people now having house rabbits. They can be vary in size from Netherland Dwarf to Giant Lop. Rabbits can live between 5-7 years.

Guinea-Pigs

The guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century.  Their docile nature, their responsiveness to handling and feeding, and the relative ease of caring for them, continue to make the guinea pig a popular pet.

Guinea pigs make ideal pets for children. They can appear nervous but rarely bite or scratch. They’re inquisitive, friendly and talkative. They enjoy being handled regularly as well. They live between 4-6 years, but some may live longer.

Syrian Hamsters

 As with any pet, keeping a hamster requires a commitment to care for it during its life which could be 2-3 years or longer. The commitment required includes not only routine feeding, care and time spent with the hamster but also the provision of veterinary treatment if the hamster becomes ill which can be costly. Although proper care will go a long way to ensuring that any hamster remains happy and healthy. Below is a list of breeds we stock.

Syrian Hamsters become very tame if you look after them and give them lots of attention. They may be small, but they’re lots of fun! In our store you can find toys to gnaw, nuggets and muesli, plus all our hamster cages come with exercise wheels to keep them fit

Dwarf Hamsters (Roboroski, Russain and Chinese)

 As with any pet, keeping a hamster requires a commitment to care for it during its life which could be 2-3 years or longer. The commitment required includes not only routine feeding, care and time spent with the hamster but also the provision of veterinary treatment if the hamster becomes ill which can be costly. Although proper care will go a long way to ensuring that any hamster remains happy and healthy. Below is a list of breeds we stock.

With these swarf hamsters you need to love them and look after them and they’ll make great pets and become very tame. Their teeth never stop growing so give them lots of toys to gnaw and of course our hamster cages come with exercise wheels to help keep them fit. 

Chinchillas

Chinchillas exis in the wild, on ranches and in zoos for many years; however, it is only recently that chinchillas have been considered as pets. These animals are nocturnal and become very active, jumping and climbing during the night, they can eventually become quite active during the day. However, these animals are not normally suitable pets for young children and it’s important to remember they live up to 20 years.

Although chinchillas are more commonly grey there are many variations in colour, including beige, black, grey, or mosaic.

 

Gerbils

Gerbils, or the Mongolian Gerbil, were first discovered in 1866 by a French biologist. Since then, gerbils were introduced into the UK as laboratory animals.

There are over a dozen different species of gerbil all residing within a subgroup of the rodent family. The inquisitive nature of the gerbil makes it a popular pet. These desert animals are natural burrowers and are happiest tunnelling underground.

Gerbils will nibble constantly on all kinds of surfaces, and will shred items to make nesting material. These are daytime animals who enjoy human companionship and in return will provide hours of entertainment and enjoyment. They are ideal for older children. Gerbils tend to live between 2 and 4 years and with lots of attention gerbils can become very tame.

As they come from the desert they produce little waste, as they naturally conserve as much water and nutrition as possible.