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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

In fact, if you have small pets, it’s highly likely that they will be extremely active after dark as most are crepuscular – meaning they’re active at dawn or dusk – or nocturnal. So, why not make their Christmas extra special by getting them some toys, activities and nibbly treats that will provide hours of […]

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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 get the whole family involved in pet care this Valentine’s Day

February is the month of love – along with Valentine’s Day (14 February) there’s also National Love Your Pet Day (20 February). Make it a love-in that all the family can enjoy by helping your kids learn what it takes to be a caring, loving pet owner. From being involved in looking after a pet and […]

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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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A cracker of a Christmas pet quiz

Sit back, put your feet up and test your pet knowledge with our fun quiz all about our furry family members. Whatever your favourite category – animals in books, films and on TV, pets of famous people, different pet breeds or amazing animal facts, see how much you know by pitting your wits against our […]

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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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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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Two chinchillas sleeping

And so, to sleep…

Are hamsters nocturnal? Do guinea pigs spend more time awake or asleep? Do chinchillas sleep upside down? Do rats only come out at night? Some of our small pets’ sleeping habits seem a little odd to us, but there are some very good reasons why their snoozing patterns are different to ours, which are really […]

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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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Rabbit Awareness Week

Are you making Room for Rabbits?

This year’s focus of Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is housing. Research that shows 38% of vets think rabbits’ environment is the most neglected welfare need, with more than a quarter of UK rabbits being kept in inadequate housing conditions and almost half living alone. ‘Room for Rabbits’ throws a spotlight on rabbits’ environment, providing lots of […]

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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 a rabbit

Bonding with your bunny chums

It’s no surprise that rabbits who bond with their owners live longer and happier lives. Whether your buns are already part of the family, or you’ve just welcomed some new rabbits into your family, find out how to deepen your connection with your nose-twitching pals. Just like people, every bunny is different. So, when it […]

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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 Enjoy a festive game of chase and fetch […]

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Bring on the hay!

As autumn steals its way in with misty mornings, tumbling leaves and a distinct nip in the air, your small furries will be hoping for some extra tasty hay to snuggle into and munch on… The damp, chilly days of autumn means that you may not want to have your small pets outside as much, […]

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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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Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Celebrate the Year of the Rat

1. Rats are ranked at number one  There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each sign is named after an animal, each with its own unique characteristics. Ranking first on the list is the rat – with its spirit, […]

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Celebrating all our non-human friends

Celebrating all our non-human friends

The keeping of pets has been practiced from prehistoric times to the present. Pets are found in nearly every culture and society, which suggests that caring for animals satisfies a deep, universal human need. It’s no surprise then that pet ownership in the UK is on the rise. According to the latest pet population data […]

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Guinea pigs

Cost effective ways to look after your small pets

You may not have a big budget, but as long as you’ve got a little imagination and a bit of know-how, you can do marvellous things with loo rolls, an old fleecy scarf, some cardboard packaging or even a magazine rack that’s seen better days. From creating DIY boredom breakers to upcycling old furniture and […]

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Cosy toes and snuggly noses

As temperatures dip, our animal companions need our help to stay warm and toasty during the winter months. As the days get shorter and there’s a distinct chill in the air, as well as digging out our woolly socks, bobble hats and fluffy fleeces, it’s time to turn our attention to what our pet friends […]

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Could portion control be the answer to preventing our pets getting tubby?

Could portion control be the answer to preventing our pets getting tubby?

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, portion control is a simple and effective way to ensure we don’t eat too much. Indeed, celebrities including US actress Angelina Jolie and chef Gordon Ramsey cite portion control as the secret to staying in shape. The same can be true for our pets. Right now, gaining […]

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