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Teaching Your Children to Care for a Pet Rodent

About half a million families own a rat or mouse in the U.S., with rats in particular known for their astuteness and interest in being close to their owners. When you think about it, rats come in a dazzling array of colors—including blue, lilac and mink. There are rodents with curly, long hair, satinny locks that would put any hair model to shame. Rodents are great for families with children as well, as they are light, gentle, and relatively easy and cheap to take care of. If your kids are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for their very own Ratatouille, hamster, or guinea pig, make sure to share the following tips with them.

Choosing the Right Cage

When selecting a cage for your pet rodent, opt for a sturdy enclosure made in stainless steel or hard plastic. Allow your kids to help you choose the color and style of the cage, but make sure the cage is large enough for your chosen pet. For instance, for a typically sized hamster, the Humane Society recommends that you choose a two square feet wire cage or or a 24″x12″ aquarium. For rats, meanwhile, you should have a cage of at least 1.5 to 2.5 cubic feet. If you have a second rat, opt for a 4 cubic foot cage and if you bring home a third rat, take it up to 8 cubic feet. Height also matters. For instance, for rats, the cage should be tall enough for your pet to stand up to his full size without reaching the top of the cage. In general, the enclosure should be no lower than around 1.6 feet in height. To make sure you are making the right choice, consult with an expert and ensure you buy a top quality enclosure your rodent won’t escape from.

Engage Your Child in Research

Your kids should join you on a fun journey to discover more about the peculiarities of your rodent. Each has its own cute mannerisms and habits, some of which may be a little confusing. If your child ever asks, “Why is my hamster crying?,” for instance, they should know that their pet can sometimes make this type of noise when they are adapting to a new environment, when they’re scared, or when they are in pain. Some hamsters even cry in their sleep, as though they were having a nightmare. The important thing to do in this case is to observe if the cry is consistent and/or frequent. A visit to the veterinarian is vital if there is a chance your rodent is in pain. In general, your pet should visit the vet every 6 to 12 months for a wellness check.

Let Your Kids Feet Your Rodent

Most rodents consume high-quality pellets, which are thankfully easy and clean, and which kids can feed to their pets. Rodents have specific dietary needs (for instance, hamsters, mice, and gerbils mainly consume grain products, while rats enjoy both meat and vegetable products). Choose well-reputed food that is recommended by your vet. Remember that pellets lose their nutritional value starting at about three months, so don’t bulk buy. Your kids will also have fun enticing their rodents with chew sticks and pieces of bark. Show your children how to place these items safely into the cage.

Rodents make great pets for households with kids, because they are light, loving, and easy to care for. Enlist the help of your children for every step of the process—including buying a cage and feeding them. Emphasize the importance of research and look up any odd, funny, or interesting behaviors to ensure they are normal for your rodent species.

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Revolutionary Pet Cooling Mat is a Must Have for Summer

Revolutionary Pet Cooling Mat is a Must Have for Summer

We have 2 dogs and they are a mixed breed, standard poodle and Wheaten Terrier (Whoodle). They do not shed so they keep their undercoat and in the summer, the heat takes its toll fast. We do get them groomed but we know if we groom them too short, they get cold too easily. Dog’s do not naturally regulate their own temperature well and so they need help by us in both hot and cold seasons. In the summer, cooling mats for dogs that can overheat in thicker coats are a great item to have on hand. We use this Arc-Chill Pet Cooling Mat by Rywell that is available on Amazon.

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This pet self-cooling mat is made of Arc-Chill natural cooling fabric from Japan, which effectively lowers the apparent temperature 3–5°C ( = 5–9°F). It doesn’t have any dangerous chemicals or gels, so no leaking will occur. The magic is in the specific non-toxic fabric and mesh layers. You can actually see the mat working to retain your dogs heat. How you can tell is that when the ambient temperature or the pet’s temperature is higher than 95°F(35°C), the dog mat’s color will lighten. You can wash this by hand or in a washing machine. Take it with you when camping or in car rides.

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The Rywell Self-Cooling Mat for pets is available now on Amazon. Save 10% with code: 662L6RBR

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The nylon-free and non-splintering BetterBone for Dogs helps save the planet

The nylon-free and non-splintering BetterBone for Dogs helps save the planet

Our girls may look sweet and medium in strength but give them a chew toy or stuffie (not allowed anymore due to a vet ER scare) and they act like mighty muscle chewers. I cannot leave much out for them unless we supervise because they will chew until their gums overly bleed and destroy anything not well made. BetterBone dog bones are approved in our home for Maya and Leah. We still only give them when we are home and put them up after a some time but have had zero hazards using them.

BetterBone is a Blue Standard product and as a sustainable brand, you know you are giving a safe product to your dog. If BetterBone pieces do flake off, the good news is that it is designed to do this and it’s 100% natural composition and is safe if consumed. Although, my dogs just spit the small flakes out like they do other chews.

Besides it being safe for my dogs, I love the ingredients and care put into creating these fun bones. They are made with sustainably sourced wood fiber and renewable plant-based oil. The shape is designed to be held well by my dogs and because the end product is softer than standard nylon, their teeth can handle the BetterBone very well. No dairy, nuts, meats, wheat, gluten or fish are used and this is great due to Maya’s many food allergies. Order your dogs BetterBone today!

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Keep your pet and home naturally clean – Skout’s Honor

Keep your pet and home naturally clean - Skout’s Honor​

If you have felt even a little bit worried about the ingredients that are in your cleaning supplies, especially stain removers and carpet products then I want to introduce you to Skout’s Honor.

Let’s face it, there is so much activity happening on our floors – baby crawling, kids playing, pets sleeping and stains growing! Knowing that the products we are using to clean our carpets and floors cannot harm us, our pets and environment is a relief.

Skout’s Honor products for home and pets are made with eco-friendly, plant-derived, sulfate-free, paraben-free ingredients that keep your home naturally clean. Never do they test on animals.

Skout’s Honor has carpet care and pet shampoo products you can trust and they work great! I have had to grab my bottle of Severe Mess a few times. Our dogs love to play outside then they drag that mud back onto the rugs. I confidently clean up there messes with a product that is safe to use in my home. Visit Skout’s Honor to learn more and stock up for spring cleanup.