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Category: Rodents

Tips For Keeping Pets Cool In Hot Weather

It’s been so hot recently, but our pets usually don’t cope well with the heat. Here are some tips to keep them cooler during the warm weather.

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A List Of Safe And Dangerous Food For Rats

Rats can eat lots of things that you can too. This isn’t a full list, but contains the most common food items that are safe for rats, and which should be avoided.

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The Problem With Pet Shops

Pet shops have been around for such a long time, you would be hard pushed to find a high street without one. Most pet shops sell animals, however, there are a few that don’t and the latter are the ones who should be applauded as responsible pet shops sell products and not pets. Selling animals in pet shops is outdated and treats animals as if they are fashion accessories. Too many pets are purchased on impulse, leading to rescues becoming crowded. Here are some reasons why pet shops that sell animals are problematic.

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How To Bond Mice

Fancy mice make great pets and are sociable little animals. There may be times where you need to introduce new mice to your group, perhaps you have an older mouse and want her to have friends, or you just wanted more. Whatever the reason, mice should be introduced carefully to increase the success rate of bonding. Generally, it is easiest to introduce female mice to other females, and first-time mice keepers are encouraged to keep girls.

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Why Purchasing A Pet As An Impulse Buy Is A Bad Idea

Working in rescue, we hear lots of horror stories about people getting pets and then not being able to keep properly, leading to the animal becoming neglected. Pet shops sell cute baby animals and social media has opened up a whole new realm to pets being given away, leading to people getting pets on an impulse. It is so important to research and plan before you take on a pet.

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Owning Mice

Mice are curious, yet delicate little rodents that make good pets. Although small, these little creatures do need space, company and things to do to keep them busy. Here are some tips on how to care for your mice;

Mice need company

Mice are sociable animals who thrive with company of their own kind. Usually, females will live happily together and will have their own hierarchy system within their group. I find mice are happier in small groups to give them lots of opportunities to interact with each other. Mice use body language and high pitched sounds to communicate with each other and will establish complex social structures, and males can fall out if kept together and not given enough space. If you have boys, give them lots of room and hides so they can have their own space if they wish. If the males fall out, you can have them neutered and introduce them to females so they don’t have to live on their own. As well as this, entire male mice do have a very strong smell, and neutering will help with this!

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Owning Rats

Rats don’t have the best reputation and many people see them as dirty, disgusting creatures with long, scaly tails and sharp teeth – however, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are 10 things you need to know before owning rats.

Rats need company of their own kind

Rats are highly social animals who need to be kept in at least pairs, however, if you have  space and the budget, you can have more than two. They are very interactive with each other, and enjoy playing, grooming and snuggling up together. Whilst you’re busy at work or school, your rat needs a friend to cause mischief with. Rats are easily bored, so getting them companionship of their own kind will help keep those ratty brains busy. They communicate through smell, touch and high-frequency sounds that humans are unable to hear. Two rats aren’t more work than one, and when you see them playing you will never want a lone rat again.

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