Pet Education Small Pets
Pet Education Small Pets Pet Education Small Pets Pet Education Small Pets
Free Shipping on orders over $49
Interesting Facts about Pocket Pets
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
Hedgehogs & Sugar Gliders
Print Article | Email Article
Bookmark and Share
Click here for a pdf version of this article.  See related products at Pet Supplies

Some interesting facts about small mammals:

  • Gerbil"Thumping" is an interesting gerbil behavior. The gerbil will pound both hind legs on the ground when he is excited, stressed, or to attract a mate.

  • When a gerbil rubs his abdomen on cage accessories, he is marking his territory.

  • The common pet gerbil originated in Mongolia.

  • Golden hamsters are also called "Syrian" hamsters, since they originated in Syria.

  • Fancy mice and rats have been exhibited for over 100 years. The National Mouse Club of Britain was formed in 1895.

  • Mice are nocturnal animals and are more active at night than during the day.

  • Rats are extremely clean pets and are among the most intelligent.

  • Rabbits are not rodents. They belong to a family called "lagomorphs."

  • Many rabbits learn litter box habits easily.

  • Rabbits require daily exercise outside of their cage.

  • GerbilAnother name for a guinea pig is a "cavy." Wild cavies live in social groups called "herds."

  • A male guinea pig is a boar and a female is a sow. Baby guinea pigs are pups.

  • Guinea pigs are unable to manufacture Vitamin C within their bodies therefore this vitamin must be supplemented.

  • Chinchillas need a dry habitat and need dust baths several times weekly; in fact, a dust bath is necessary to keep a chinchilla's fur soft.

  • The African Hedgehog, in its natural environment, will eat a variety of insects, worms, and fruit.

  • The sugar glider is a marsupial, like a kangaroo or wombat.

  • Sugar gliders are able to glide over 150 feet.

Click here for a pdf version of this article.  See related products at Pet Supplies  
Print Article | Email Article
Lixit® Blue Beauty Dust®
Lixit® Blue Beauty Dust®
As low as $6.89
Kaytee Chinchilla Dust Bath
Kaytee Chinchilla Dust Bath
As low as $5.39
Airmax® Scented Vanilla Bean Chinchilla Dust
Airmax® Scented Vanilla Bean Chinchilla Dust
As low as $7.99
Kaytee Pro Nail Trimmer
Kaytee Pro Nail Trimmer
As low as $2.99

Facebook YouTube Blog Connect with us

Subscribe to email newsletters:
featuring helpful articles, tips and online only product specials from Drs. Foster & Smith. Learn more here !

About Us Article Reprints Awards & Memberships Request a FREE Catalog Tell a Friend
Meet Our Staff Terms & Use Site Map Free Newsletters Links to Us
Visit our other websites: Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Supplies - Quality Aquatic Life Direct to Your Door
For product information, call 1-800-826-7206

Copyright © 1997-2016, Petco Wellness, LLC. All rights reserved.
2253 Air Park Road, P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Your CA Privacy Rights | Copyright Claims | Pet Medical Records Policy