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Small Pet Habitat Guide

Habitat

Setting up a new habitat is an extremely important part of new pet parenthood. Many small habitats are similar, but not the same. Small animals like to have ample space to roam and play. Some enjoy climbing and jumping, so multi-tiered habitats can be ideal, too.

  • Hamster

    Habitat Size
    As large a habitat as you have space for

    Key Elements of Habitat

    • Plastic/metal/glass habitat with solid escape proof bottom
    • Exercise wheel and toys to keep hamster active
    • Hiding areas

    Bedding
    1 to 2” of bedding recommended; high-quality paper or hardwood shavings (cedar not recommended)

    Temperature Range
    Normal household temperatures <80 degrees; not in drafty area or direct sun

  • Guinea Pig

    Habitat Size
    As large a habitat as you have space for. (Minimum size 36Lx30WX18H, but recommend to supplement with separate exercise/play area)

    Key Elements of Habitat

    • Escape-proof habitat with solid floor surface to protect feet
    • Hiding areas and toys to play with

    Bedding
    1 to 2” of bedding recommended; high-quality paper or hardwood shavings (cedar not recommended)

    Temperature Range
    Normal household temperatures <80 degrees; not in drafty area or direct sun

  • Ferret

    Habitat Size
    As large a habitat as you have space for

    Key Elements of Habitat

    • Multi-tiered, wire-sided habitat with secure door and solid floor surface to protect feet
    • Hammock, hiding place and toys
    • Litter and litter box

    Bedding
    1 to 2” of bedding recommended; high-quality paper or hardwood shavings (cedar not recommended)

    Temperature Range
    Normal household temperatures <80 degrees; not in drafty area or direct sun

  • Chinchilla

    Habitat Size
    As large a habitat as you have space for

    Key Elements of Habitat

    • Multi-tiered habitat with solid bottom to protect feet
    • Perch for lounging
    • Toys to keep chinchillas active

    Bedding
    1 to 2” of bedding recommended; high-quality paper or hardwood shavings (cedar not recommended)

    Temperature Range
    Normal household temperatures <80 degrees; not in drafty area or direct sun

  • Rabbit

    Habitat Size
    At least 4x size of rabbit

    Key Elements of Habitat

    • Escape-proof habitat with solid bottom
    • Litter and litter box
    • Hiding area

    Bedding
    1 to 2” of bedding recommended; high-quality paper or hardwood shavings (cedar not recommended)

    Temperature Range
    Normal household temperatures <80 degrees; not in drafty area or direct sun

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