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Choosing Small Pet Supplies

Choosing small pet supplies can be overwhelming, especially to the newer pet owner. How much of what you are seeing is necessary and how much is not?

Read up on your new pet and see what kinds of traits their species exhibit. You can learn a lot on the Internet or by reading a good pet book for your species and breed of animal. Next, take into account your budget. Everyone wants the best for their pet, but sales and discounts on pet supplies can be a wise decision. Knowing what you can compromise on and what you can’t is very important.

The two most important supplies you will need for your small pet are a home (cage) and food. Learn how big your pet will be when fully grown and plan for that. It is vital to remember that a baby iguana may only be the length of your hand now, but he will grow and can be several feet long within a relatively short period of time. Are you ready to give him a new house when he outgrows what you have now, or will you need to make upgrades as time goes by? If your pet is a baby, does she need special food for her species so she will grow up healthy? If so, look into what kinds are available to you and how long she will need it. If your new pet is an adult, make your food choices based on the best you can provide and your pet’s particular tastes.

Just putting an animal in a cage is not enough to make him healthy. He will need certain types of toys to keep him busy and productive and to help keep him from developing bad habits. Make sure his toys are durable and high quality and can withstand his play. Investing in cheap toys will mean not only that you have to replace them sooner, but also that it could break and hurt your pet. If he doesn’t have sufficient toys he will develop bad habits because his is bored and may even begin to exhibit signs of aggression.

You will also want to look into accessories for outside her usual cage. Rodents love to run, so look into rodent balls so she can have nearly free reign of the house. She will thank you for that. If you know that you will be transporting your small pets, consider how you will keep them safe while you are taking them places. Will you need a small crate or smaller cage to make it easier to transport them? What about leashes and harnesses? Take into account that each animal is unique and might need extra care and equipment to make them more pleasant to deal with.

Educate yourself about your pet before choosing small pet supplies and you’ll be a much happier pet owner.

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