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Pocket Pet Care

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Pocket pets can be a great addition to a family. From rabbits to hamsters, many of these little guys make great companions to a loving home.

Here at the Animal Place, we strive to provide the best personalized care for your furry little companion!

Below are some keys points to keep in mind while caring for your small pets:
 
Rabbit Care
 

Feed: Grass hay, such as: Timothy Hay, Rye or Barley. Also  give Rabbit Pellets and Fresh Leafy Greens (collard greens, turnips and carrot tops)

Amount to Feed: When younger than 6 months give unlimited pellets. After that, limit pellets to 1/8 – 1/4 cup daily per 6 pounds of bunny.  Always give unlimited grass hay, fresh water and give a minimum of 2 cups of fresh greens daily per 6 pounds of bunny.

Environment: Keep them in a dog sized cage with paper bedding.

Daily Care: Clean cage daily and brush your pet regularly with a soft brush to remove excess fur. They need exercise out of their cage in a safe area every day. Provide safe chew sticks and a digging box.


Guinea Pig Care
 

Feed: Timothy Hay, Guinea Pig Pellets and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (romaine lettuce, collard greens, Cilantro, Apple, Tomato, Blueberries, Carrots). Also give Vitamin C supplement: 25mg daily.

Amount to Feed: When younger than 6 months give unlimited pellets. After that, limit pellets to 1/4 cup per day. Always give unlimited hay, fresh water and 1 serving of leafy green and 2 servings other vegetables/fruits. Alternate the fresh vegetables and fruits you give at each feeding time.

Environment: Keep them in a dog sized cage with ramps and platforms, an igloo home and paper bedding – ALWAYS INDOORS.

Daily Care: Clean cage daily and brush your pet regularly with a soft brush to remove excess fur (especially long haired pets). They need exercise out of their cage in a safe area every day.


 
Chinchilla Care
 

Feed: Timothy Hay, Chinchilla Pellets and Fresh Treats (carrots, dark greens, dried fruit, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, figs)

Amount to Feed: When younger than 6 months, give unlimited pellets. After that, give 1-2 tablespoons of pellets daily. Always give unlimited hay and fresh water. Limit treats to 1-2 per day.

Environment: Keep them in a large dog sized cage with several “play” areas and a hiding spot – ALWAYS INDOORS. Look for solid exercise wheels, not wire. They do not tolerate heat or humidity.

Daily Care: They need exercise out of their cage in a safe area every day. Provide safe chew sticks and brush regularly with soft brush. Clean cage daily and provide a dust bath daily.


Ferret Care
 

Feed: High source of meat protein, such as chicken and turkey. Avoid vegetables, fruits and high carbohydrates as they cannot absorb those nutrients.

Amount to Feed: When purchasing food, look for those that are approximately 30-40 percent meat protein and 15-20 percent fat. A balanced raw carnivore diet is the best.

Environment: Keep them in a den-like large cage with several stairs, ramps and hammocks – ALWAYS INDOORS.

Daily Care: Clean cage frequently to avoid odors. Bathe pet regularly and clear ears every few weeks. They need exercise outside their cage and are very social, but make sure you keep them in a safe area and watch them at all times when outside their cage.


 
Hamster Care
 

Feed: Hamster Mix (pellets, grains, seeds and dried veggies), Bite-sized fresh veggies and fruits (spinach, lettuce, carrots and apples)

Amount to Feed: Unlimited hamster mix and fresh water. Only give small bits of fresh fruits/veggies every 2-3 days.

Environment: Keep in a spacious cage with a hiding spot, and different platforms. You can use timothy hay or paper for bedding. Look for solid exercise wheels, not wire.

Daily Care: Clean cage daily or every other day. Provide appropriate chew toys/sticks.

Mice/Rat Care
 

Feed: Rat Blocks, Bite-sized fresh veggies and fruits (peas, bananas, apples, broccoli, carrots)

Amount to Feed: Unlimited rat blocks and fresh water. Only give small bits of fresh fruits/veggies daily.

Environment: Keep in a spacious cage with a hiding spot, and different platforms. You can use timothy hay or paper for bedding. Look for solid exercise wheels, not wire. 

Daily Care: Clean cage daily or every other day. Provide appropriate chew toys/sticks.