3 Less Common Pets And How To Care For Them

17 December 2020
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Not all pets are dogs or cats; there are less-common pets that you may have in your home to love and care for, although you may not know everything about how to care for them. Some of the less-common pets, such as rabbits, iguanas, or guinea pigs, may be the pets for you. If you have these pets in your home, you need to know how to best care for them. Read on for a few helpful pet care tips.

1. Rabbits

House rabbits are different than wild rabbits; they are usually larger and have floppy ears. These pets like to be in their cage, but you can sometimes take them out when it's safe in your home to allow your rabbit a little more room to play. You need to be sure your rabbit is still confined to an area where they cannot get hurt or harmed by other animals in your home. Rabbits can eat rabbit food, but they also need to eat leafy greens such as lettuce, kale or spinach and can also eat hay, as well as other vegetables such as carrots. Rabbits also need plenty of water to stay hydrated and should be in a cage or crate that allows them enough space to move about. Your rabbit should be examined by a veterinarian at least once per year to ensure they are in good health.

2. Iguanas

Iguanas don't need a lot of care, but they do need to be kept warm, to have access to water and to be fed. Iguanas can eat leafy greens, and they also need an enclosure, such as an aquarium. Iguanas require plenty of warmth and are more than likely going to need a warming bulb/light. Iguanas will shed their skin and sometimes need help in doing so. In this case, you should place your pet in a bathtub with shallow water, which helps them shed their skin. Your iguana needs their cage cleaned out often to remove feces and to replace all bedding. Change up their cage to give them places to climb and to keep it interesting.

3. Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are large rodents. They like to be in their enclosures, and these enclosures should have areas to hide, climb, and exercise. A wheel for your guinea pig can help give them the exercise they need. Make sure you feed your guinea pig the right type of food, which can be found at your local pet store. Your guinea pig needs enough water as well, so be sure to keep your guinea pig's water bottle filled. Change the bedding in your guinea pig's cage at least once per week.

If you own one of these less-common pets, you may need to know how to care for them. These pets should be taken to the veterinarian for a yearly exam to stay up on their health. If you suspect your pet has a medical issue, get them into your veterinarian for proper treatment.