Since the seventies, we are more and more to choose as companions of small rodents such as mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, chinchillas or rats. But beware, their small sizes do not exempt us from equipment and maintenance adapted especially as some species such as rabbits and chinchillas can live more than a decade! That's why HandymanDudimanche gives you some tips to prepare the home of your rodents.
The essential elements for your rodent.
The choice of the cage is an essential step to guarantee the well-being of your rodent, as he will often spend most of his time there. It must therefore be perfectly adapted to its needs, its size and its way of life. Thus, rats and chinchillas that like to climb will appreciate a cage in height, for example an aviary. Rabbits and guinea pigs will prefer a spacious model, all in length. Once the cage is purchased, you will need to equip it with various accessories such as a food bowl, a water bottle, a small house or cardboard for hiding and some bits of wood to gnaw. Finally, depending on the type of rodent chosen, you will have to decorate the cage with some objects such as a wheel for mice or hamsters, a dung box for rabbits and rats, not forgetting some toys like tunnels for hiding and ladders for romp.
Secure the perimeter.
If you do not offer regular trips to your rodent, the rodent may quickly suffer from mental and physical problems. Indeed, an animal kept in its cage permanently tends to become aggressive and apathetic. That's why it's important to give him a certain amount of freedom from time to time in your home. But beware, rodents are particularly devastating and nibble everything that goes to their teeth. Electrical cables and valuables will need to be installed high, and plants or other flower pots in which they love to dig tunnels will be out of reach. In addition, if you have a dog or a cat, you will have to make sure that they can not reach the cage of your rodent and not leave them alone in the same room. If you do not take precautions, your new companion may turn into a live game or worse into easy prey.
An installation adapted to your rodent.
Before the arrival of your rodent; you will need to determine the location of his cage. It should be located preferably inside the house, in a room neither too hot nor too cold, bright, sheltered from drafts and direct sunlight. Be careful, some rodents like mice, rats and hamsters are nocturnal animals, so do not install them in a bedroom unlike rabbits and guinea pigs that are relatively active during the day and quiet in the evening. However, think no matter what the rodent, smells more or less pleasant emanate from his cage, even if you clean regularly.
To keep your rodent alive and happy at home, here are some tips from Miss Assens, animal behaviorist: The teeth of rodents grow and therefore they must gnaw to file them. It is therefore important to enrich their living space with pieces of natural wood, small logs of non-toxic wood. Rodents like to hide and burrow, their litter substrate made from large chips or hemp allows them to nest and not be seen. They like to explore, run and climb, so incredible labyrinths can climb into their cages and be transformed each month to offer different configurations and explorations. An aviary with boards fixed in places on the sides can become an ideal rodent cage. Nests at height appeal to rabbits. If you plan to adopt a long-haired breed, you will need to brush it every day to avoid intestinal problems. Finally to facilitate the exercise needs of the little ones, a wheel safe and adapted to their morphology will provide hours of fun.