Small Animals and Supplies
What will I need for my new pet?
Meet Behavioral Needs
Niches/Hide Outs – Stress-free hiding places and sleeping quarters for your small pet. Provide physical structures and/or materials for your pet to make their own niche.
Exercise Wheel – Many small animals will forage over great distances in their natural habitat. An exercise wheel allows for exercise inside the cage.
Fun Ball – Allows safe exercise outside of the cage and a place to put the pet while cleaning the cage.
Chew Stick or Block – Many small animals (except ferrets) have teeth that continue to grow throughout their life. Chew toys help keep teeth trimmed.
Treat Stick –Small animals forage for their food naturally. Treat sticks provide an alternate food choice, where the pet must work to remove food…this is a natural behavior.
Collar and Lead – Helps keep control of your small animal in new situations or on an outing. Also provides exercise and socialization.
Book – Background information and instructions for ongoing care.
Keep Your Pet Healthy
Brush – Reduces shedding, tangles and hairballs, and keeps rabbits and guinea pigs’ coats clean and healthy.
Bedding – Keeps cage and pet clean, reduces odors.
Litter Deodorizer – Added to the litter, feed, and/or water, deodorizers greatly reduce smells from small animal waste.
Litter Pan or Hamster Potty – Small animals can be litter-trained, especially rabbits, ferrets, and hamsters. Minimizes cleanup and makes it easier to control odors.
Nail Clippers – Rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets need their nails trimmed periodically to avoid injuries, both to the animal and to you.
Cage – Wire, glass, or plastic all have their benefits and drawbacks. Be sure to provide a home big enough for the pet at full growth.
Water Bottle & Holder – A sanitary alternative to a water bowl for your small animal.
Ceramic Dish/Bowl – Provides a clean place for food,. Most small animals chew, so ceramic is a more durable choice.
Carrier – Ensures safe transportation of your small animal.
Cage Cleaners/Deodorizers – Break down stains and odors that build up even with regular cage cleanings.
Staple Diet – Be sure to provide the proper food for your small animal’s age and eating habits. Provides basic nutrition.
Timothy Hay – Provides necessary roughage for digestion. Feed daily to rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and hamsters for good overall health.
Alfalfa Hay – Also a source of roughage, alfalfa is a vital source of vitamin C for guinea pigs. Can also be given to adolescent, pregnant, sick, or older rabbits to boost overall health.
Assorted Treats – Nutritional variety, supports natural foraging habits.
Salt/Mineral Block – Helps maintain hydration and keeps teeth trimmed, as well as providing necessary minerals.
Vitamins – Ensure proper levels of vitamins vital to your small animal’s diet.
Stress Aid – (DriTail®) Very important during environmental changes, will help prevent or treat diarrhea (Wet Tail).