Caring for rodents

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 4/17/2007 1:07 pm
Hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats make good pets. They're fairly easy to care for and fun to watch. All rodents have large front teeth that grow all their lives. To keep their teeth from becoming too large, the animals need to chew on things to wear them down. Be sure to provide materials for them tochew on, as well as their normal food. Pet stores sell chew sticks designed for this purpose. Pellet food will supply most of their nutritional needs, but should be supplemented with bits of fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, or vegetables. Sipper bottles make a good water supply, but be sure to change the water every day, and wash it thoroughly once a week. Wood shavings are the most common cage lining, although burrowing rodents like gerbils and hamsters should be given a layer of peat moss to allow this behavior. Don't forget the exercise wheel! Not only will it give your pet a good workout, but one of the joys of a pet rodent is watching it run round and round.
Featured Partners
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.