As a child, most of us grew up with hamsters or friends who had hamsters. Even our children are fascinated with the small fuzzy creatures. There are many types of hamsters, dwarf, Syrian, Russian,Chinese, and hybrid. The hamster is a burrower so they prefer to have lots of bedding to hide underas well as tubes to create little nests in. The most difficult aspect of hamsters is telling if they arefemale or male and being wrong. Who has bought two hamsters thinking they were the gender and ending up with ten hamsters!Hamsters are relatively easy to take care of. You can feed them hamster food, vegetables, and little hamster treats to give them a good life. The bedding should be changed weekly or twice a week depending upon how many hamsters you have. The downside to hamsters is their short lives, most live only a year or two.

There are lots of hamster accessories from tubes to wheels. Hamsters like other pets need to have exercise so giving them wheels to run on or having a hamster ball to run around the house in is good for them. The tubing and cages come in a variety of colors to add to a child’s fun. You can create straight pathways to other larger home areas or curve them around to re-enter the same cage. Most of the caging is plastic and your hamster will try to chew or claw there way free. You will want to monitor their activity when you clean the cage to make sure they are not producing a hole. Some hamster owners go with a metal wire cage with tiny slits to avoid the chewing escape. Your preference will determine the type of accessories you purchase.

Handling hamsters should be kept to a minimum and you should always wash your hands before and after. Hamsters can have a tendency to bite if they are not handled at least once a day or if they become scared. Be cautious with little children.Hamsters are a lot of fun for all ages and an easy pet your child can care for. You will want to make sure you feed your hamster properly by not over feeding them and while maintaining properexercise. A cautionary note before concluding this article: Dwarf hamsters are very susceptible to infections with cedar chips because it can tear holes in their tiny mouths, so make sure you talk to a us when selecting the appropriate bedding for your hamster.

Is there really a difference???!!!…….. simply put… YES…We are often asked “What are the differences between a standard puppy food and a large breed puppy food apart from the kibble size?”Due to their adult size, large breed puppies have a different growth curve to smaller breeds and therefore have different nutritional requirements to support optimal growth and development. If large breed puppies grow too rapidly, this can cause serious and debilitating issues with bones, joints and muscles and therefore pet foods that have been formulated specifically for large breed puppies to help and support controlled growth and do not promote rapid growth.Although genetic factors are one of the largest unavoidable contributors to these issues, appropriate nutrition during puppy hood can help decrease the chance of such conditions developing in predisposed breeds.

We stock many Large Breed Puppy recipes in store and most have been formulated with a lower crude protein and crude fat content compared with standard puppy recipies. This reduced energy density helps to optimise the rate of growth. A lot of recipies have also been formulated with a balanced level of calcium and phosphorus based on FEDIAF Nutritional Guidelines, as diets with excess levels can lead to excess absorption and development of skeletal malformations.Feeding practice is also a very important factor to take into condersation, we would recommended feeding puppies 4 small meals per day up until 12 weeks of age, then graduating down to 3 times per day from 12 weeks up until 6 months, at which stage you can then drop them down to twice a day. Making sure you are following the suggested daily feeding amounts on the feeding guide to maintain a lean body condition. Over feeding can lead to obesity which puts extra strain on the bones and joints and can lead to other serious health issues.Selecting a large breed puppy recipe helps to support healthy growth and development to give your dog the best start in life.To see our full range of Puppy products and indeed to get some help in selecting the right puppy food for your pup, simply pop into us and we will show you a few different options which you can then make an educated decision as to which would su

Anytime your cat backs himself up to a door or other object in your house, lifts his tail, and releases urine, you have a problem. This problem is known as spraying, and is very common with cats kept indoors. Even though it is a very annoying problem, it’s a problem that can be solved. Contrary to what many think, spraying isn’t a litter box problem, but rather a problem with marking. Cat urine that is sprayed contains pheromones, which is a substance that cats and other animals use for communicating. Pheromones are much like fingerprints with humans, as they are used to identify the cat to other animals.When a cat sprays something, he is simply marking his territory through his urine. If you raise your voice or show angry towards your cat, it can very well result in more spraying.

Cats that are in heat are easily attracted to the odour of urine. For female cats in heat, a male cat will spray to get her attention. Keep in mind that cats not only spray during heat, as some will also spray during encounters with other cats, or when they are feeling stressed.

Although spraying is a way of communicating for cats, the smell for people is horrible. The good thing here is that most cats will do a majority of their spraying outdoors. If you have an indoor cat that never goes outside, spraying can indeed be a problem. If you’ve noticed spraying in your home, you should take action and do something about it immediately.

The most effective and also the easiest way to stop spraying is to have your cat either neutered or spayed, which of course depends on the sex. Sometimes cats will spray when they are stressed, or indeed there may be a medical problem present that is causing the problem, which your vet can identify.You should always do something about spraying the moment it starts.For most people Spraying will not be a problem as most cats will be neutered or spayed.If you are considering getting a cat or already have one, pop into us to see our full range of cat products or to pick our brains with any questions you may have!