Feeding Small Animals

Food Supplies: There are many availabed processed pocket pet foods that can be bought from a pet store or grocery, the most common of which are pellets and feed blocks. When purchasing pellets, make sure it is formulated for your pet species. Some pet stores also sell live food animals, such as insects and bugs. Berries and nuts can be purchased at the grocery for gerbils or other herbivores and seed-based pets. For obligate carnivores like ferrerts, raw or cooked meat (deboned) can be bought at the local meat shop. Some animals, such as hamsters and mice, store food, there's no need to feed them everyday, but you have to check their nest everyday to know when they no longer have a supply.

Water: All pocket pets need constant access to fresh, clean water. Don't use tap water as it may contain chlorine. Change the water on a daily basis.

Water Dish/ Water Bottle: Except for rabbits, all small animals do well with gravity-fed sipper bottle. They are designed to be hung from the side of the cage to prevent contamination with feces, urine, and bedding. Sipper tubes are either made out of durable plastic or heavy metal. For rabbits, use a ceramic or steel bowl secured to the bottom of a cage with a dish holder.

Food Bowls: You need food bowls to contain the pellets or other food items - even when you have a hoarder for a pet. They should be secured to the cage, too, to prevent them from being knocked over. The ideal food bowls are made out of ceramic, stainless steel, or hard plastic.



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