FACTS ABOUT RABBITS
A rabbits diet should be based on a grass diet free access to grass is ideal. Next best is dry grass = "hay". Lucerne/alfalfa and clover are all very high in calcium and should be fed in small amounts only.
Rabbits should be offered fresh leafy green vegetables/herbs daily: broccoli, cabbage, celery, endive, beet carrot tops, brussel sprouts, spinach leaves, Bok Choy, chickory, kale, mustard greens, dark leaf lettuce and herbs (parsley, danelions, coriander, basil, dill, mint) rate: 2 packed cups of fresh greens per kg per day. Some rabbits also love fruit.
Never leave your rabbit outside on hot days, even in the shade, as this can be the same as leaving it in a hot car. Every summer rabbits died from heat stroke because the owner thinks that the rabbit is OK in the shade. In the wild the rabbit can escape into its burrow or under cool vegetation.
Unfortunately there is not a vaccination for myxomatosis available in Australia. Calici virus (which causes a haemorragic disease) can be vaccinated against. One vaccination is satisfactory if the rabbit is over 10 weeks old (2 two if first vaccination is given at less than 10 weeks) and then an annual booster will give and maintain immunity.
To prevent trasmission of these disease rabbits must be kept shielded from mosquitoes and free of fleas. Revolution can be used in rabbits for fleas and mites. NEVER USE FRONTLINE. Advantage can also be used for flea control.
Rabbits make better pets if they are desexed so it is advisable to get you rabbit desexed even if there is no chance of it breeding as they have a better temperament if desexed
FACTS ABOUT FERRETS
What’s best? commercial Kitten foods; raw meat and bones; raw egg, occ fruit.
Be careful what they play with,as foreign body ingestion is common.
*Sexual maturity @ 4-8 months
*Breeding season (southern hemisphere) August/September to April
FACTS ABOUT RATS
Rats can be fabulous pets, just ask anyone who has ever owned one. They come with their own little personalities and can become very attached to their owners.
Rats are highly intelligent, social animals, and although they love human company it is best if two rats (of the same sex) are kept together as pets. Rats love to do mutual grooming and curl up together to keep warm. Male rats can be desexed to minimise any aggressive tendancies.
Because rats are intelligent and inquisitive it is best to keep your rat busy with lots of activity and toys. It can be a lot of fun turning the cage into an adventure playground using ropes, ladders, tree branches, shelves, hammocks, and flowerpots. As rats love to climb, a cage that can have shelving is ideal, in this way it is possible to give the rats maximum space with out taking up too much floor space.
Rats should be fed wholegrain rice, vegetables: broccoli, potatoes, peas, carrot etc, wholemeal bread, fruit, like apples, cherries, grapes, banana and animal protein. The animal protein can be in the form of a good quality dog food, occassionally cooked liver and kidney and if available meal worms.
FACTS ABOUT GUINEA PIGS
The guinea pig or domestic guinea pig, also known as cavy or domestic cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae.
Guinea pigs are sociable pocket pets, are easily tamed, and can live for up to ten years. Their friendly nature makes them fantastic pets. They’re also very intelligent. Guinea pigs are happiest when kept with other guinea pigs. However, if you do keep males and females together, make sure both animals are the same sex or at least one gender has been desexed.
Guinea pigs are herbivores. To keep them healthy and happy, they need:
Do not your feed guinea pig:beans beetroot biscuits bread breakfast cereals chocolate clover or lucerne (Alfalfa) hays corn nuts onion peas potato spinich sugar sweets
Guinea pigs need lots of space to exercise – the more the better. Do not use sawdust, straw or wood shavings in the hutch, a guinea pig needs a soft, clean, dry surface at all times, they can quickly develop foot problems.
Guinea pigs love a chewing log made of untreated wood to wear down the teeth, and overturned boxes to hide incheck the length of your guinea pig’s teeth and toenails. If they are too long, get your veterinarian to trim them.
Daily grooming is essential for long-haired guinea pigs, and ensures their coats remain in good condition.
Regular handling will also help build their confidence, and encourage them to become friendly and sociable.