5 facts about dwarf hamsters that will make you want one 0 3466

Pet dwarf hamster

Hamsters are popular pets, especially as a ‘starter’ pet for small children because of their size. If you are considering a hamster, or some kind of small animal, why not consider a dwarf hamster? Here are five facts about dwarf hamsters which will make you want to pop out and buy one right now!

1. Their size

Measuring in at between 4cm and 12cm, depending on the breed you pick (Roborovski are the smallest), you can’t get many other pets that will be quite as cute as a dwarf hamster.

2. They are social

Hamsters are known for being one of the more anti-social of pet species. Dwarf hamsters, however, are social little creatures and can be kept in pairs without too much concern. A bit of advice, however, is to stick to the same gender unless you choose to breed.

3. They groom themselves

There’s no need to worry about finding a way to clean this tiny little creature. Dwarf hamsters are self-cleaning. If you’re concerned, a baby wipe won’t do any harm.

4. They are nocturnal

Dwarf hamsters will sometimes pop out to say hello during the day, but they do tend to be nocturnal animals. Your child might beg you to allow them to keep this miniature pet in their bedroom at night, but, unless the noise of a hamster wheel helps lull your child to sleep, you would be best housing a dwarf hamster in a different room.

5. They are relatively easy to look after

Dwarf hamsters cope well in the normal climate of a family home. They can live in cages made of a variety of materials, however, these creatures make good escape artists, so a solid floor and a tight closing lid are pretty essential. Provide them with good quality bedding and some fresh food and water, clean and disinfect the cage once a week, check for any wet/dirty spots to remove daily, and provide them with some exercise equipment/toys and they will be a pretty content addition to your home.

If you are looking for a miniature pet, easy to look after, fun to be around, and extremely cute, you cannot go wrong with a dwarf hamster, or two!

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5 things you need to know about micro pigs 0 226

Micro pigs are no longer seen as a fad or even a luxury animal, as many homeowners have now embraced these animals as their family pet. The micro pig is intelligent, fond of people, and unlike dogs, do not need to be walked. Below we share the top five things that you need to know about the micro pig before choosing one as your family pet.

1. How big do they grow?

The size of the micro pig is a huge consideration when it comes to planning your outside and indoor living space for your new pet. Generally, they can reach a height of up to 16 inches and can weight up to 65 pounds. This usually occurs around two years of age.

2. How long do they live?

Micro pigs can live anywhere between five to 10 years, according to the RSPCA. However, it is not unusual for a micro pig to live for up to 25 years if they are healthy and well looked after.

3. Can you potty train them?

This is probably a question that many of us think about, but never dare ask. The good news is that yes, you can. This, however, can take a lot of time and perseverance. Just remember that micro pigs are clean animals and will not use a toilet near their bed. It’s also a good idea to use positive reinforcement and to have an area outside for toilet purposes.

4. Can they be kept indoors?

This very much depends upon your indoor living space. Ideally, they should be kept outdoors, but if you have an indoor living space that is at least 36 square metres, and has access to the outside, then this is also acceptable.

5. The outdoor area

The most important aspect here is that your micro pig can roam free in a safe outdoor space. It needs to be able to provide lots of space and to prevent the micro pig from escaping. As the micro pig is not very good at regulating its temperature, they are very prone to heatstroke. For this reason, they need to have shelter from the sun.

5 things to consider before getting Pygmy goats 0 242

If you are considering getting a new pet then Pygmy goats are a great way to go. These fun-loving, friendly, easy to manage animals are perfect for anyone with a good sized garden looking for something different.

1. You need to have more than one

All goats are herd animals, so if you want to keep them you need to buy at least two. With herd mentality it would also be wise to buy two from the same herd at the same time, otherwise you are giving yourself a lot more work trying to acclimatise them to each other. If you don’t want to breed, you need to buy female goats or castrated males.

2. They do have some environmental needs

Though not demanding, Pygmy goats do have some needs. Their coats aren’t waterproof so they will need shelter. For two or three goats a normal garden shed measuring approximately 8 foot by 10 foot is enough, with a bench or two and some straw for a bed. They need good outdoor space and shouldn’t be tethered. Goats do tend to be adventurous so make sure the area is well fenced and definitely don’t have anything you don’t want to be ruined in the area! Be careful of any additional plants as well, there are a number of plants goats cannot eat, such as daffodils or tulips.

3. Their diet

About 80% of a goat’s diet needs to be dietary fibre, so hay is perfect. Beyond this, a couple of servings of goat mix a day will suffice. They can eat a few treats like chopped apples, but too many could cause stomach problems in at least one of their stomachs (goats have four!).

4. They need your company

Goats need to spend a lot of time with their owners, especially at the beginning, so make sure you have the time for them.

5. Watch them around children

Though every goat is different, their natures tend to be friendly, but not necessarily gentle in their playfulness, so beware of butting.

If you feel you have the space and time, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun if you add Pygmy goats to your family.

Photo: Pygmy Goat by kimberlykv licensed under Creative commons 2