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A Look At Taking Care of Cage Pets

When people think about pets, they usually envision a cute and cuddly kitten or even a sloppy and playful dog. In rare circumstances do they envision a hamster, a rat or even a guinea pig at first thought. Most people assume for the traditional pet first. But what happens if your child is allergic to cats? What if your lifestyle isn’t suited for a dog’s needs? You do have other options. Your child doesn’t’ need to live life without a pet, there are many more choices out there besides a cat or a dog. Reptiles, amphibians, furry creatures and even snakes are all great examples of pets you can buy for yourself or a child in your home.

Proper Conditions

When you are thinking about a lizard, a guinea pig or even a snake, you need the proper conditions in your home for it. Is there a place in your house big enough to hold a fifty gallon tan for a large snake? Do you have a place out of the sun where you can sit a cage for the guinea pig? Is there a room in the house that gets a lot of sun and isn’t drafty for a lizard to relax in? Certain breeds of pets will need certain conditions to live in. Ask a pet store representative what those conditions are before you commit to buying a type of pet. You can also do research online and find out what they will need in order to live happily and healthy. Taking Care of Cage Pets

Proper Caging

When you get a pet that needs to live in a cage, it isn’t just as simple as buying a cage. And thinking a substitute such as a box won’t work, either. Certain critters need specific types of cages and accessories within their cages to live to their standards. Some lizards require glass cages with heat lamps to keep the heat inside. Guinea pigs and hamsters can live in glass or open cages, but they need toys to play with inside the cage. Birds need wire cages with swings and things to play with as well. Simply buying a cage isn’t going to work until it is filled with the proper food containers, toys, accessories, tools, heat lamps and surroundings needed for their species.

Regular Attention

If your lifestyle wasn’t suited for a dog to be let out six times during the day, that’s fine. A caged animal is a much better alternative, however, they still need care as well. The animal will need to be fed regularly and the cage will need to be cleaned out too. A caged animal doesn’t just mean you plunk it behind the glass and not worry about it for days or weeks on end. It needs care and attention to, even if it isn’t in the form of a tossed ball of neck scratch. Lack of care for any pet can mean a shorter lifespan for it.

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