Tips to Make Your Small Animal Happy

Small animal pets offer great companionship and love. In return, they need to feel loved and appreciated.  Here are some helpful tips for a healthy, happy pet.

Housing your pet - Space is very important.  If your pet is in his cage for extended periods of time, he’ll need a much larger place to live.  The  cage should be a minimum of five times the size of the pet and he should be able to completely stretch out and stand up on his hind legs without bumping his head on the top of the cage.  When choosing the perfect cage, make sure the floors and resting platforms are solid, not wire.  The wire can hurt your pet’s feet.  Another option is to use a puppy pen to contain your pet.  This gives him more play space as well.

Bunny playtime – These pets need challenging activities to keep them occupied while you are not home.  Boredom could lead to depression and/or excessive destruction.  The use of toys can also extend your pet’s life by keeping him interested in his surroundings, and allowing him to constantly learn and grow.  Your pet also needs safe activities to keep his body in shape as well.   Provide things for him to climb on, crawl under, hop on and around, dig into, and safely chew on.  Use caution, when selecting the right toys for your rabbit.  If you find him ingesting plastic or cardboard toys, switch to a different type of toy. 

Feeding your pet – Fiber is an essential part of your pet’s diet.  Quality pellets and hay should make up the backbone of a good diet. Timothy hay is the most recommended hay type and you should offer this free choice to your pet. High quality pellets are important too. Make sure these pellets are timothy hay-based and include important nutrients like essential vitamins and minerals that hay does not provide.

Grooming your pet - One aspect of the regular care of your pet is to keep their hair clean, shiny and healthy. Do this with regular brushing. If the length of his hair is long, you will need to brush your pet daily. If the hair is short, a few times a week should be enough. A baby’s brush works well. The bristles are soft and gentle and won’t be too hard on his skin. If your pet has long hair, a metal greyhound comb will easily remove any tangles. Regular brushing will remove excess hair, especially during the shedding season. Unless your pet gets dirty, it isn’t necessary to give him a bath. They can become stressed when placed in water, and it has been known to lower a pet’s immune system.

Ask your veterinarian about other tips to keep your small pet happy.