Small Animals

by Debbie Ducommun on May 28, 2015
“Small-animal pets fall into three groups when it comes to diet. Rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, degus and prairie dogs are herbivores. Ferrets are carnivores, and the small rodents—rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils—are omnivores. Most small, exotic pets are omnivores, with a few exceptions. Knowing the natural diet their ancestors would eat in the wild provides a guideline for a healthy diet for each pet species.Wild herbivores eat mostly high-fiber grasses, and fiber is necessary to…”

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by Debbie Ducommun on Apr 27, 2015
“One of the most important sales retailers can make to small-animal owners is bedding and litter. Cage odor is one of the main complaints customers have about small pets. In fact, if this problem is bad enough, it can actually cause some people to get rid of their small pets.…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Mar 30, 2015
“Bottles and bowls for delivering food and water will always be staples in the small-animal department. However, that does not mean retailers should stock them and forget about them. To make the most of this product category, retailers need to understand small animals’ needs and be able to explain to…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Mar 1, 2015
“When customers buy consumables such as food and litter, they do so understanding that they will soon have to buy more. Yet, when it comes to chew toys, many small-animal owners fail to realize that these items are consumable too. Chews come in two categories: those that are meant to…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Feb 1, 2015
“More and more owners of rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small herbivores are learning about the health benefits of feeding grass hay as the main diet to their pets. The general consensus in the pet industry used to be that fortified hay pellets contained everything these animals needed in…”