Don’t you just love shopping for small animal products? It’s such fun finding just the right habitat, cage or hutch for your pet rabbits, hedgehogs, hamsters or guinea pigs. And who doesn’t love to watch their mice enjoying their running wheel as if it were a festival ride? And as for your pet turtle… aren’t those floating docks and turtle tank toppers the coolest things ever?
So, no matter what kind of small animal you call your best little bud we’ve got a selection of the “best of” products for them just below. And for a more extensive list of super pet products for them just click on the link for a HUGE list of small animal supplies. And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest so you never miss a great pet idea.
Let’s get this party started by talking about small animal food! Just like with us it matters what our small friends eat. “You are what you eat” they always say! And it’s very, very true! That’s why it’s important to find just the right food for your small pet, whether we’re talking hamsters, guinea pigs or chinchilla’s we want to make sure we aren’t just feeding them their version of junk food.
Since there are so many types of small pets it would be impossible for me to talk about what counts as nutritious for all of them here. So, I’m going to list a bunch of good food below for the different types of small pets for now, but as we get more posts dedicated to pet nutrition and what’s what as far as food goes I’ll be sure to link it all up here.
We have specifically been getting asked a lot about finding a quality food for your pet rats! Our top recommendation is oxbow regal rat food! I was trying to find the mystical oxbow regal rat 40 lbs, since I know a lot of people like to just stock up and be done with it, but I could only find the 20 lbs bags as linked above. Though if you ask me, 20 lbs is still going to last you a good while.
Treats are the things we give our pets when we want them to feel a little extra loved or if we’re trying to encourage them to come when called (yes, it is possible to teach some of our small pets, like rabbits or chinchilla’s simple commands!). While none of the things below should be considered a meal for your pet, they are definitely delicious and yummy treats and training tools. I found this video by Gabe Kahsen to be very illustrative on how to train your chinchilla and I have a feeling similar practices could be used to help train other small animals!
If you’re going to be using these as training tools, please remember that positive reinforcement is even more important with small animals, especially rodents, than it is with other animals like dogs and cats (though it is still important with them too) because they are prey animals. Negative reinforcement, overly fast movement and unnecessarily loud noises can cause a lot of stress for your pet, so please keep things light, fun and reward good behavior and ignore or gently redirect the behavior you don’t want.
Pet carriers, whether for small pets or bigger pets like your cat or dog can be all important. It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling to the vet or across the country to a new house, your little friend will be kept safe and sound in a carrier. You’ll know exactly where they are at all times. Other times that it can be critical to have a small pet carrier in the house is in case of an emergency!
Sure, you could sometimes (if the cage is small enough, and honestly if it’s that small it is quite likely that you have been sold a cage that is to small for your pet) carry the whole thing downstairs in case of a tornado, but wouldn’t it just be easier and safer to carefully tuck them away into a small travel carrier and take them downstairs with you? You know EXACTLY where they are and can keep them with you.
Small Pet Collars, Harnesses and Leashes
Ferrets, bunnies and even rats can really benefit from some time outside in the sun and running around in the grass! But it’s good to be safe when you are giving your little friends quality outside time. Keep a close eye on them and keep them within reach using a leash and harness! If you want to give them more room to roam, get a longer leash or lead for them or invest in a playpen or a small animal run that you can set up outside so that they can roam a little more freely while still staying safe!
Exercise wheels can be a really great way to help your small pet get out their energy at times when you can’t bring them out to play with you. Odds are your little furry friend has a LOT of steam to run off so having a way for them to do that outside of the times when they are allowed to be out with you and supervised is very, very important.
I would go so far as to say that an exercise wheel is a must have for many small pets, such as hamsters and mice. It’s right up there with making sure they have a big enough house, since physical and mental stimulation are so critical to any animals health and development.
A wheel we’d been hearing about for awhile was the kaytee silent spinner wheel size 4.5 in super pet exercise wheel! I’d heard that it was really perfect for smaller … small pets, like mice. Recently though I discovered that they have done a slight redesign and the wheel no longer works right, it does not spin easily making it almost impossible for your little friends to get a good run in. I would recommend this wodent wheel from amazon instead, or any of the one’s below!
This is a rather simple necessity of pet life in general! It doesn’t matter what kind of pet you have, big or small, you need a way to keep water available and a place to put the food! Some food and water bowls are purely practical while others try to strike a balance between being useful AND pretty. Like that little ceramic carrot dish pictured below.
Lets talk a little bit about the water bottles. They can be very useful and a handy thing to have around for your pet. You fill it up and they have easy access to water that they can’t throw things in (such as bedding, food, ect), and they also can’t accidentally drip/dump water out. Bowls are convenient since they are a bit easier to clean overall, even if they get dirtier more quickly and can be more easily sanitized. ErinsAnimals actually has a really nice video on the topic that you can watch right below.
Even though they talk primarily about hamsters in the video above, I personally found that their advice really hits home for many kinds of small pets, so whether you’re here for a hamster, mouse or ferret this all of this is just something to keep in mind. And that’s that, now to the actual bowls you came here to see! I made sure to gather a smattering of everything so that you could really choose what’s right for you and your small pet.
As with most pets that have fur, brushing your small pets can be absolutely critical. Just like your cat or dog, your bunny is going to shed and brushing them can really help remove excess fur and dander while also preventing matting. In longer haired breeds, this becomes even more crucial! Imagine an angora rabbit or a lionhead rabbit, they have a LOT of long fluffy hair that requires daily brushing to maintain. Both for your sanity and your bunnies.
There are plenty of long haired guinea pigs (such as the Peruvian guinea pig!) as well and they require just as much attention and care! We can’t have tangles or mats in our friends fur, that just won’t do.
Small Pet Health Supplies
Our pets health is of vital importance, which is why having the proper supplies on hand is critical. Whether we’re talking about vitamins or a dust bath, these are all health supplies and need to be available to your small pet. Take guinea pigs for example! Much like us, they are susceptible to vitamin C deficiency and can develop a disease known as scurvy!
Who knew guinea pigs were sailors, right? But, seriously, Drs. Foster and Smith explain that like us, the guinea pig can’t create it’s own vitamin C, needing to get it from outside sources like foods and vitamin supplements to avoid becoming ill!
We all know that the habitat we put our pets in matters. It has to be big enough to suit their needs when they can’t be out running around with you or safe in an entire room of their own (that you have adjusted to be suitable to their individual needs). Often cages and hutches are sold to new owners that are entirely to small for their new pet.
It was a real debate for us here at Spiffy Pet whether we wanted to include cages like the super pet my first home extra large (we’ve gotten questions about it in the past!). Because, while it is technically a more roomy abode than some others you’ll find off the shelf at a pet store, it still isn’t really big enough for anyone to truly LIVE in. So, while I have decided to link this one, it’s only with the caveat that you all know not to use it as anything other than a bedroom for your small pets!
If you’re wondering what I mean by “bedroom only” we have a page dedicated to rabbit hutch ideas and you can see how people have set up rooms to be one bit play area for their animals. This can work for more then just your rabbit too, you could totally set up stuff like that for your guinea pig, ect too!
Just because you have a small pet coming home with you doesn’t mean that the amount of space that they need is small. Quite the opposite, really! Any small pet you get, whether it’s a hamster, a rabbit, turtle or ferret, you’ve got to have enough space to keep them and a home that can handle them. And especially for a pet like a bunny, keeping in mind that their hutches or cages are where they sleep, not where they live full time. No hutch is going to be a suitable round-the-clock home, so be prepared to get one and know that you’ll be setting up a play area for them too or bunny/ferret/chinchilla proofing your house.
Okay, so, as much as we all love our little critters… Sometimes they can be a little stinky. While there is no way you are ever going to get rid of the ferret or rat smell and if you can’t handle that, you really should probably look into a different kind of pet, you can definitely mitigate it and remove any stain that your little friends happen to leave behind in their household travels.
And that concludes our long list of small pet products! It’s pretty extensive as we tried to include all the the basics and let you guys know what we thought was important when it comes to keeping a small pet of any type. It’s not as simple as some people would have you believe, we know. With all that said, if you couldn’t find exactly what you were looking for here, we have other pages dedicated to specific topics, so I encourage you to surf around a bit or click one some of the links above to our other pages! I hope you found all this helpful and that ya’ll have a wonderful day. Give your furbabies a pat for us here at Spiffy Pet.