Sugar gliders should be fed a variety of foods appropriate for insectivorous/carnivorous animals. A commercially prepared insectivorous diet should be fed up to 50% of the total intake, particularly for active breeders. Leadbeater’s mixture* can be cooked and fed as the other primary food source (approximately 25%). In addition, 20-25% of the daily intake by volume can be made of chopped produce – specifically apple, grapes, mango, papaya, carrot, sweet
Male chinchillas do not have a scrotum, and the testes mostly remain in the abdominal cavity. The easiest way to sex these rodents is by the anogenital distance: female chinchillas have a very short distance between their anus and their urinary and reproductive opening, while males have a gap between their anus and their penis. Female chinchillas should be bred young or their pelvis will fuse and they may have
Guinea pigs like quiet environments and appreciate having a box or tunnel in which to hide and rest. Your guinea pig will enjoy supervised exercise outside its cage. Like all rodents, guinea pigs explore their world through nibbling on new items; therefore, you should check their play area for any potential hazards. Related posts: What Should You Feed Your Hampster? Hamsters need their space, too
Respiratory disease (mycoplasmosis, secondary infections, viruses) Congestive heart failure Mammary tumors Cancer Ectoparasitism Pituitary tumors Abscesses Obesity Pododermatitis (foot infection) Malocclusion Sudden death/trauma Nephrosis Overheating/chilling/heat stress Paraplegia in geriatric rats The most common health problem in rats is respiratory disease. Visiting your veterinarian for routine health checks will help prevent many diseases and support you in having a fun, satisfying relationship with your pet rat. For help in finding a
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Known unofficially as “pocket pets,” hamsters are sweet, cute and docile little critters, right? Wrong. Although undeniably adorable, hamsters can be fiercely territorial animals, and will fight if they feel their turf is being invaded. Even males from the same litter will attack each other on occasion. Since their domestication in 1930, several varieties of hamsters have become common. The three basic groups that are now popular as pets are
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