Frequently Asked Questions - Small Animals
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Rabbits are actually fairly low-maintenance pets. As for what to feed rabbits, make sure you use a rabbit alfalfa pellet. Star Milling produces an alfalfa Timothy pellet. Timothy is a grass that is added to the alfalfa to dilute its higher protein and calcium content. It also has higher fiber content. Leave the food bowl full; they’ll eat when they’re hungry.
As for treats, be careful to give those in moderation, especially if your rabbit is not used to it. A little bit of lettuce or a small carrot is fine, just not too much of either—especially the lettuce because it has so much water it in and causes them to fill up on lettuce and water as opposed to the alfalfa they need. They do require fresh, clean water to be available at all times.
A healthy house rabbit that has been spayed or neutered early in life has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years of age.
Rabbits can be litter box trained and it is much easier to train them after they have been neutered or spayed.
Rats and Mice
Rats are a very clean animal. They spend several hours a day grooming themselves. Domestic rats are very good pets and are quite smart. They are easy to care for, although it is important to clean the cage regularly and keep fresh food and water available.
Female mice can give birth when they are two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
Guinea pigs may live as long as five to seven years.
Guinea pigs are social creatures that need daily quality time and interaction with their human family. They love being pet and will fall asleep in your lap if they trust you. Like other household pets, guinea pigs can develop social relationships with people and other species of animals.