Have you recently adopted a rabbit, hamster, mouse, gerbil, or Guinea pig? These little guys make really cute and fun pets! One thing that is very important is picking the right spot for your furry pal’s cage. A San Antonio, TX vet offers some tips on how to do that in this article.
Loud noises can be very scary to your furry little friend. Don’t put your pet’s cage near a TV or radio, or in any other noisy areas. Many small pets have very astute hearing, and can hear background noise from things like pipes, wires, and appliances. A fairly quiet spot is best. You may also need to consider the noise your furball makes. Some smaller animals, such as hamsters, are nocturnal, and are most active at night. A bedroom—especially a child’s bedroom—probably isn’t going to be the best place for them.
Some pocket pets, like hamsters, have pretty strict temperature requirements. However, no matter what kind of pet you have, you don’t want the little guy to be too hot or too cold. Avoid putting the cage near a heater, fireplace, fan, or air duct. Don’t put your cute pet in a spot where the temperature will fluctuate frequently, such as near a door. Direct sunlight is also a no-no.
Keep your pet’s comfort in mind. If you have a dog or cat, or both, raise the cage off the floor, so they can’t look in. As you can imagine, it would be quite unnerving for a tiny furball to have Fluffy or Fido constantly staring at him! Just make sure the cage is properly supported, so it won’t fall.
Garages, sheds, and laundry rooms are not good options. These spots are often quite dusty, not to mention chilly!
Don’t leave your tiny friend isolated in a quiet back room, especially if he or she doesn’t have any roommates. Your pint-sized pal will be happiest in a spot that he can see and hear you without feeling too exposed.
Your furry buddy may get a bit unnerved if lights are constantly turning on and off near him. Choose a place where the room lighting changes naturally, and on a more-or-less set schedule.
Do you have questions about pocket pet care? Call us, your San Antonio, TX vet clinic, today!