Many pet lovers insist that small animals are a lot of fun. They make great pets because they’re generally very lovable and playful. Yet, not every small animal is exactly the same. Some are better to have around small children because they’re calm and easy to care for. Others may be friskier, demanding much more attention. But, one thing all small animals have in common is that they require special care.
Housing Requirements for Small Animals
Just as every small animal is unique, so are the housing requirements for your smaller pets. Here are some options for housing your small friends properly:
* Habitat, Hutch and Cage: These contraptions must be suitable for the pet you’re housing. That means being the proper size and having the proper accessories. If you go with a wire cage, it should include small spacing. This will ensure that your small pet can’t squeeze through to get out of the cage. If it has a wire bottom, ensure that you cover it with something solid as this can make some small animal’s feet very sore and lead to long term health problems.
* Place to Sleep, Eat and Play: Your pet’s habitat, hutch or cage has to have a place for your friend to sleep. It also needs to have designated areas for water, food and enough space to run and play. For pets who spend the daytime playing outside their habitats, the cage only needs to accommodate a place for water, food and sleeping.
* Bedding or Litter: Most cages for small animals should include bedding or litter. Both are effective for absorbing waste, which helps to eliminate pet odors. If your animal is the type that makes a nest for sleeping in, make sure there’s enough litter or bedding for this purpose.
* Sleeping Hut or Nest Box: Although neither of these is completely necessary, they’re usually appreciated by small animals, which are generally nocturnal. Since these animals enjoy sleeping during the daytime, they tend to do their running and playing at night. A nestbox or sleeping hut can allow your nocturnal pet to sleep comfortably during daylight hours.
Feeding and Foods for Small Animals
All small animals need to consume an adequate amount of water and food every single day. The feeding requirements vary from pet to pet. Each type of small pet has its own mix of food that they should be fed daily. Here are some feeding tips when caring for small animals:
Pet Dishes for Treats and Food
- These should be solid jars, pots or dishes, with straight sides.
- Hard plastic and ceramic are both safe for your small pet, as other shapes and types can cause issues.
- Round bowls can be easily tipped over, spilling your pet’s food or water.
- Lightweight dishes are very unsafe, as your small animal may get trapped underneath them, which could result in death.
- Your small pet’s water should be held in a water bottle. This should be mounted securely onto the side (outside or inside) of the cage. You must refill it with clean water daily.
- If you choose to use a water bowl instead, be sure to change the water very often. Smaller animals tend to foul their water more than larger pets.