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10 ways to keep your small pets snug and warm this winter

10 ways to keep your small pets snug and warm this winter

Did you know that while rabbits cope with cold weather quite well, guinea pigs don’t like it all and should be brought indoors and, in winter, ferrets can be prone to getting flu? To ensure your small pets keep cosy in the cold, we’ve lots of practical ideas and must-read advice…

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5 ways to help your pets when the heat is on

5 ways to help your pets when the heat is on

Long sunny days are loved by humans and pets alike – it’s just the best time of year to enjoy time outdoors together. However, very hot weather can be challenging for our furry friends. Unlike us humans who have sweat glands all over our bodies to help us regulate our temperature, animals lack the ability […]

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8 fun facts about gerbils

8 fun facts about gerbils

1. They’re tunnelling experts In the wild, a colony of gerbils will typically construct an extensive network of burrows, with tunnels leading to food stores, nesting areas, and escape routes. These burrows can go as deep as 1.7 metres and stretch across 6-8 metres. The best way to mimic this natural habitat is to house […]

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9 intriguing facts about chinchillas

9 intriguing facts about chinchillas

1. FUR BABIES Chinchillas are famed for their soft, dense fur. In fact, each chinchilla hair follicle has 60 to 90 individual hairs emerging from it, compared to humans, who typically have just one measly hair per follicle. Their luscious coats are designed to help them survive in the chilly temperatures of their native environment […]

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A clean sweep?

A clean sweep?

Spending much more time at home means that – alongside baking and DIY – many people have become a little obsessed with cleaning. Indeed, social media cleaning guru Mrs Hinch has racked up a whopping 3.3 million followers on Instagram who follow her daily hacks and advice. And, while it’s important to be extra vigilant about […]

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A quick quiz all about our small pets

A quick quiz all about our small pets

Of these 9 statements, 6 are TRUE and 3 are FALSE – but can you work out which is which? Keep scrolling down to find out the answers and to discover how well you’ve done… 1. Rats laugh when you tickle them.  2. Guinea pigs have an odd number of toes.  3. Mice enjoy being around noise and […]

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Add some degus to your day

Add some degus to your day

The degu is a small rodent that is native to Chile. In the wild, these supremely social animals live in groups of up to 100, where they dig complex burrows to hide from predators, complete with nests and food stores. Unlike many small furries, degus are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. […]

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All I want for Christmas is...

All I want for Christmas is…

For your canine chum Plubber Stick Dogs love to chase and carry sticks – but this is not something to be encouraged as shards of splintery wood can cause all sorts of nasty injuries. A much better alternative is the Plubber Stick – a durable toss and fetch toy with a plush outer and rubber […]

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Are you a pet expert?

Are you a pet expert?

Q1: How intelligent is your dog? Scientists estimate that the average dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. How many words do most dogs understand? a) 65 b) 135 c) 165 Q2: Cats spent almost a third of their waking hours cleaning themselves. Why? a) To distribute natural oils around their coat […]

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Are you ready for rabbits?

Are you ready for rabbits?

Rabbits have long been considered as the perfect pets for kids – an adorable, fluffy bundle of bunny seems an ideal choice. However, rabbits have a range of needs that are beyond the capability of young children, and the person responsible for their health and wellbeing should always be an adult.  The cost: can you afford […]

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Are your pets down in the dumps?

Are your pets down in the dumps?

When the clocks go back in late October and we count down to the shortest day of the year on 21 December, many of us experience low mood. It’s not much fun for our pets either. With a lack of sunlight and less time spent outdoors, it’s hardly surprising if our furry family members also […]

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Gerbils

Astonishing gerbil facts

Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these friendly, curious tunnelling experts who, despite their small size, are simply bursting with character… Gerbils have been popular pets for more than 50 years and watching these small rodents – who are larger than mice but smaller than rats and have long furry tails – in […]

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Autumn in colour – but what does the world look like through our pets’ eyes?

Autumn in colour – but what does the world look like through our pets’ eyes?

What would it be like to see the world through our pets’ eyes? Do they see the colours in a similar way to how we do? Would we understand them better if we could see what they see? In fact, different animals see different kinds of hues – some see very little colour, while some, […]

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Big ideas for small pets

Big ideas for small pets

As well as providing the right nutrition, suitable accommodation and company of their own kind (apart from Syrian/Golden hamsters who prefer to go solo – for other pets, same sex or neutered pairs or small groups are recommended) enrichment is just as important for our small pets. But what exactly is it? Animal charity Wildwelfare.org […]

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Bonding with your small pets

Bonding with your small pets

There are cat people and there are dog people – but there are also some who believe that small pets are where it’s at. Whether you cherish your chinchillas, have a passion for bunnies, adore guinea pigs, or have a soft spot for rats, hamsters, gerbils or degus, as a committed and responsible owner you […]

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Brighten up the festive season with these cute and colourful pet Christmas gifts

What’s going to be in your pet’s Christmas stocking this year? As well as treating your furry friends to extra special pet Christmas presents, why not spread some much-needed seasonal cheer by buying them from animal charities and small businesses… All your devoted dog wants for Christmas Your best waggy-tailed friend will be ready to […]

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Bunnies about the house

Bunnies about the house

There are cat people and there are dog people – there are also rabbit people who open up their homes for free ranging bunnies to enjoy their life as house pets. As rabbits are clever, clean creatures who can be litter-trained, why not have bunnies as part of the family? Having indoor rabbits means bunny-proofing […]

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Call me by my name

Call me by my (pet) name

How do you decide on the perfect dog name that suits your canine chum’s personality to a tee? Or what about a sweet and sassy cat name that’s just right for your favourite feline? Not forgetting choosing exactly the right names for your small pets. What are the most important things to think about when […]

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Caring for your guinea pigs’ sensitive skin

Caring for your guinea pigs’ sensitive skin

Gorgeous guinea pigs are susceptible to a number of skin complaints, which is why owners of these chatty cavies need to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their pets. Constant scratching is a warning sign and it’s vital to check for dry or flaky skin around ears, nose or mouth, spots or lesions, […]

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