Your Starter Guide
for Purchasing a Small Animal
Once you have chosen your small animal there are a few things you need before taking them home.
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Mineral + Salt lick
Rabbits and Guinea pigs are strictly herbivores so their diet consists of pellets, vegetables/fruit and hay. Guinea pigs need to be provided with vegetables/fruit that contain vitamin c as they lack an enzyme that produces this vitamin. Some excellent vegetables/fruits containing vitamin c are kale, broccoli, strawberries and parsley. Rabbits require a high-fiber diet for proper digestion, a good quality food with hay, vegetables and fruit is the perfect diet for rabbits.
Preparing your home
Ensure you have your cage all set up and prepared before bringing your little furry baby home. This includes ensuring you have food, food and water bowls, hay and a hide away area.
Bringing your Guinea pig/Rabbit home
When bringing your new Guinea pig/Rabbit home they are likely to feel stressed and slightly overwhelmed as they are in a completely new environment. This means they will need a day or two to acclimate to their new home before you start handling them, you can also cover their enclosure with a cloth/sheet for the first day or two, giving the guinea pig/rabbit the time to explore their new home with privacy and less distractions.
Another thing you can do to help your guinea pig/rabbit adjust is to use the same type of food and bedding that they are used to using and gradually add new products. Always make sure that you provide plenty of fresh water daily and dry bedding for them to sleep on. Providing them with nibbles and salt licks will also keep their teeth in great shape and give them all the nutrients they need.
Your Guinea pig/Rabbit should be given fresh food and water daily supplemented with hay and fresh vegetables to maintain their dietary needs. Rabbits should be given hay as it makes up at least 70% of their diet, good hays to use are Timothy or Meadow hay. Fruit can be used as a treat and should only be given once daily in small portions as fruit is high in natural sugars.
Small Animal Boarding
We now offer Small Animal Boarding for animals such as Birds, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Mice and Rats! For further information message our Facebook Page @kamopetshop, Call 09 4353736 or Email.