Category : Rodents : Pets & Animal

How to Make Your Own Rat Habitat

Rodents
Pet rats are not for everyone, but they can be surprisingly fun and easy to get along with. Once you have made the decision to have a pet rat, it is time to begin setting up their home. Rat habitats are similar to those of mice, ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits, so even though they are an uncommon p

How to Hand Feed a Sick Rat

Rodents
Rats make wonderful pets, but like all animals, they can fall ill. Unfortunately, small animals like rats have a very high mortality rate when illness strikes, as disease and viruses tend to advance very quickly in these rodents. Hand-feeding a rat is absolutely vital if the pet is refusing food or

Pet Care for a Hairless Rat

Rodents
Hairless rats are the result of a genetic mutation and they are bred specifically for rat fanciers. Unlike their common kin, hairless rats have some special health concerns. Hairless rat owners can address these special conditions and have rewarding experiences with their pets.

How to Treat Mycoplasma in Rats

Rodents
Mycoplasma pulmonis, a deadly respiratory disease that affects rats, needs to be treated as soon as possible. The disease comes from an organism called murine respiratory mycoplasmosis, which lives in mice, guinea pigs and rabbits and passes through sneezes or through the womb to an infant rat. Symp

How to Tell a Hamster's Age

Rodents
Hamsters are inquisitive and playful, and they form close bonds with their owners. Most owners are not present when their pet hamster is born, but a few simple observations can provide a clue to the hamster's age. This can help in selecting a new pet since hamsters have a relatively short lifespan

How to Make a Homemade Gerbil Cage

Rodents
Gerbils do best in cages formed by a solid container with a wire top for ventilation. Gerbils need several inches of bedding to be comfortable. If the cage is composed entirely of wire, the bedding, which can be sawdust, cotton pieces or a similar material, can easily fall out of the cage. Also, g

Different Types of Gray Squirrels

Rodents
The term "gray squirrel" can refer to any one of four species of the genus Sciurus: eastern gray squirrels, western gray squirrels, Arizona gray squirrels or Mexican gray squirrels. Most squirrels in the United States are gray squirrels, although some can have black or white fur. Other squirrel spec

How to Teach Tricks to Pet Mice

Rodents
Teaching mice to learn tricks are not the first thing that comes to mind with mice. Nevertheless, mice are intelligent creatures that can adapt to teaching techniques and be trained as a dog can. As with dogs, there is a sequential process to teaching tricks to your mouse. If you don't follow the pr

How to Feed Rats Celery

Rodents
Although a lot of people cringe at the idea of keeping a rat as a pet, these rodents are actually very sweet, smart, and entertaining creatures. Rats don't require a lot to keep them happy and healthy, but going beyond the basics when it comes to their diet can improve their overall healthy and well

How to Make a Chinchilla Cage

Rodents
Chinchillas are great pets but they do need to be confined when not under supervision. A chinchilla cage needs to be large—about 3 feet high and at least 2 X 3 feet (6 square feet) in area. If you are handy with tools and want to make a chinchilla cage for your furry friend, it’s not v

How to Make Friends With Fancy Rats

Rodents
Pet rats come with a variety of different colors, type of fur and features, including dumbo rats, which have ears on the sides of their heads. The various breeds of fancy rats can all be friendly, affectionate little animals if you approach and treat them properly. Rats relate exceptionally well to

Ways to Play with Hamsters

Rodents
Playing with your hamster on a daily basis will provide your pet with the necessary exercise that it requires, and it will also allow your pet to get used to your scent and being handled. Hamsters become extremely active at night as they are nocturnal animals, so get your hamster out of its cage for

Nutritional Needs for Squirrels

Rodents
Squirrels are a type of small rodent found in forests, cities and suburbs. Their versatility in living environment also extends to their diet, as squirrels will eat anything they can find if food is scarce. Squirrels, typically known as vegetarians, will even eat carcasses in times of food crisis. A