Small Animal Care

Run rabbit, run!

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Rabbit Runs & Shelters

It’s lovely to see our pets enjoying the sunshine as much as we do, rabbits and guinea pigs really enjoy stretching out and relaxing in the fresh green grass. But, it is important to keep them safe.

We stock a variety of runs in store which can be moved around the garden.

The Fellside is a hexagonal run with a detachable mesh top – it’s great value at only £30.70.

The Sandford is a square run with a fixed metal roof, it has large opening door panels for access – it measures 120cm x 120cm x 60cm and costs only £49.99.

The Appleby run is a larger version of the Sandford, measuring 180cm x 120cm x 60cm and is excellent value at only £59.99.

Shelter is an important factor to consider.

Rabbits and guinea pigs will need to have shelter from the rain and also the heat, and a shelter will also provide some security as a bolt hole should they be startled by neighbourhood cats.

Our small animal hut makes a fantastic addition to any run.

Note, prices subject to confirmation following publication.


Hamster Care in Winter

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Hamster Care in Winter

During the colder months of the year, give some thought to your hamster – don’t just assume they’re OK!

Although they are an indoor animal, if the temperature in your house becomes too cold hamsters will go into hibernation, we may not think about this because we have our heating on but let’s stop and think for a moment.

If we are at work is the heating on? Also at night temperatures will drop if the heating is off and we are snuggled up in bed – this is the danger point with our pet hamster.

The remedy is quite simple more bedding, give them a selection with a choice of fluffy bedding, paper wool and more wood shavings and perhaps keep the heating on low throughout the night and during the day – and this maybe all you need to do to keep hammy happy.

If your pet looks lifeless in the morning – stop! It may be that it has hibernated, if so gentle warming may bring it round. Sometimes an old trick used by farmers during lambing works and that is to place the hamster in a warm (turned off) oven with the door open. This may warm them back into life.

Many a “dead” hamster has been buried when it was still alive, but just in hibernation, so it’s best to check first – and remember to always seek veterinary advice too!

We stock a wide range of bedding – so we’ll definitely have something to keep your hamster cosy and warm!


Winter care for Small Animals

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Keep your furry friends warm in winter

As winter approaches, and the freezing temperatures are already making an appearance, it’s time to prepare your hutches to ensure your rabbits and guinea pigs stay warm.

The easiest solution is of course to bring your pets in for the winter; there are many different sizes of suitable indoor cages available.

Bedding

If it is not possible to move them inside, it is essential to provide a good supply of fresh, clean and warm bedding and to replenish it regularly. It’s a good idea to cover the hutch at night to keep out the cold and wet weather – you can use blankets, old carpet or hessian sacking for warmth but also use polythene or tarpaulin for protection against the rain – alternatively hutch covers are available.

Always remember to allow good ventilation.

Bottles

You will need to keep a close eye on your pet’s water bottle, as these can freeze as the temperature drops, bottle covers are a great way of insulating them.

You will find it useful to keep a spare bottle to hand in case freezing causes the bottle to crack – bottles and bottle covers are available in store for that handy spare.

When the weather worsens and heavy frosts and snow arrive you should move your hutch into a shed to give further protection from the cold temperatures.

Exercise

Your pets will still need to have plenty of exercise as well as regular “cuddle” time – don’t let them miss out because you don’t want to be out in the cold, bring them in for some fun and fussing!

We have everything you need to keep your furry friends cosy in winter, so visit us today to stock up on your essential supplies!