Small Animal Supplies
Nursing bottles, small bath tubs - so far it sounds like a person might be equipping a nursery with these items. But when we add latches for cages there might be some concern until the reader realizes that we are talking about supplies for the care of small animals, not human babies.
Specialized equipment for the care and feeding of small animals can range from the basic to the luxurious. Some people who have birds in cages put special wooden or wicker nests in there for them and even put eggs made of wood to keep a female content. Animals that like to crawl inside of things can “hide” inside a toy that is like a TV with a screen for people to watch the animal peek out. More prosaic items include cups or tiny bowls for food and water or water bottles that attach to the sides of a cage.
A “habitat” is different from a cage in that it is a box-like structure which attempts to emulate the elements found in the usual outdoor environment of hamsters, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs or other “little pals.” Some animals, such as rabbits, like cages or habitats that have upper and lower stories, or even three stories in some cases. If they are in wire cages they need to have a solid floor - plastic is okay but wood can become contaminated. Some people put old carpet scraps, which are easily cleaned or discarded, on the floor of enclosures. Old pieces of pastic pipe make good play tunnels. Cages should be kept off the ground and protected from predatory larger animals. Does your pet keep knocking over his water dish? Consider using Velcro to keep it anchored.
A newly popular small animal is the ferret. However, ferrets are usually much happier with another ferret around, so you may wish to think in terms of a larger habitat for this pet.
Some people have found aquariums suitable accomondations for very small animals, if they have enough ventilation. Do some research about this or ask your pet store staff.
You may find that some landlords will allow a pet in a cage where they will not allow cats or dogs, so these may be a good choice for apartment dwellers. Check it out!
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