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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    2010 You will need to have a bowl to place in the guinea pigs hutch for their dry food Ideally this should be fairly heavy so that the cavy rabbit does not tip it up looking for its favourite morsel and make a mess of its hutch It also needs to be easily washed The earthenware dishes for small cats and dogs are ideal to place in the rabbit hutch and are about the correct size for one or two cavys or bunnies A heavy feeding bowl is especially important if there is a litter present as a mother could overturn the bowl and therfore trap the baby inside best to remove all bowls from rabbit guinea pig hutches overnight to prevent this The animals will also need water to drink The best method is a bottle with a metal angled spout which you wire onto the front of the rabbit hutch This way is does not become contaminated with bedding or faeces from the rabbit hutch and will keep a supply fresh Keep and eye on the bottle as a rabbit guinea pig can drink alot in the hot summer and in the winter these can freeze These will

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/feeding-bowls-for-small-animals/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Guinea Pig Cage Care 08 12 2010 First remove your cavy from his hutch and into a suitable box Take out the food and water from the guinea pig hutch also Using a dustpan and brush scoop the rest of the hutch contents into a bag for disposal later If there are stubborn patches on the guineas hutch use a wallpaper scraper to clean these off When your have removed all the soiled bedding from the hutch clean the guniea pig cage with a disinfectant suitable for the use with animals They are usually readily available from pet stores and supermarkets Make sure you use newspaper on the guinea pig hutch floor it makes cleaning out so much easier Just roll it up and all the soiled bedding will be inside Then brush out the guinea pig hutch and spray as needed When you are spraying out the guinea pigs cage make sure you thoroughly wet the corners and the joints between the sides to kill off any unwanted pests Also sweep out any cobwebs from the hutch in the winter as these create damp but they are

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/guinea-pig-cage-care/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    winter as many owners can be reluctant to brave the cold wet and dark weather to feed and clean out their rabbit s hutch which is often kept at the bottom of the garden Obviously we are all rushed off our feet at this time of year trying to make everything perfect for the holiday season so it s important to remember that as well as stocking up on everything your family needs you also need to stock up on what your rabbits need Rabbit owners should stock up on extra bedding for the rabbit hutch hay food and greens Rabbits may have fur coats but the fur alone doesn t provide enough protection In the wild rabbits live underground where the temperature only varies a few degrees between summer and winter This is why the rabbit hutch should be filled with clean dry bedding to help keep the animal warm especially in the winter weather we have been having Rabbits still need daily exercise and should not be kept locked in their rabbit hutches because of bad weather Follow these top tips for keeping outdoor rabbits warm in and out of their hutches this winter Rabbit hutches and rabbit

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/keep-your-bunny-warm-this-winter/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    have everything ready for your new pet a few days before you collect him including feed hay and a suitable hutch The most important piece of equipment you will need is a guniea pig hutch This can be single storey or a double rabbit hutch makes an excellent home If your pet is to be housed in the garden the guinea pigs hutch will need to be sturdy and weatherproof this will not be so important if the hutch is located inside a shed The strongest types of cages are made of good quality tongue and groove timber The flooring will need to be easy to keep clean so a smooth surface is preferable or a hutch with a plastic tray in the bottom Guinea pigs unlike rabbits will toilet through their entire hutch and cannot be trained to use a litter tray Some cages used for other animals with mesh floor is unadvisable for use with guinea pigs They have no hair on their feet so can easily get painful blisters which is sometimes referred to as bumblefoot The cage must not be allowed to sit on the ground as this will make it damp and rot which is

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/housing-your-cavy/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Housing Your Cavy Part 2 08 11 2010 Light and Air The front of the guinea pig cage should have a door with a wooden frame and wire mesh attached to allow light and air into the hutch The door usually covers two thirds of the front of the hutch with a smaller door covering the rest of the front This will give the owner easy access to the hutch for every day jobs such as feeding and cleaning If your guinea pigs are kept in their hutches in a shed then windows should be opened for airflow and wire chicken mesh can be placed over the back of them to make the shed safe from predators such as cats Sleeping Area The covered part of the guinea pig hutch is not absolutely necessary as they do not make nests as a rabbit would in their hutch however it provides them with a more restful place within their housing and its here you can place heaps of bedding material such as hay or soft straw Security Some guinea pig hutches are fitted with a solid wooden panel the same size

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/housing-your-cavy---part-2/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    11 2010 The doors of the guniea pig hutch you choose should be strongly made They should also have strong bolts and fastenings on the cage if it is to situated outside It is not that guinea pigs will force their way out of their hutch it is to prevent unwanted visitors getting in Animals which could pose a problem to your pets are cats dogs badgers foxes and rats which are known to kill guinea pigs if able to enter into their hutches Some of these animals are strong and can force the guinea pigs hutch door open If these are animals which frequently visit your garden you may wish to place a strong bolt or even a lock on your guinea pigs hutch door for piece of mind You should also keep a careful watch for attack by rats which will chew the guinea pigs hutch at the back and attack them in their own homes Roofing The roof of your planned guinea pig hutch should slope and be higher at the front than at the back allowing water run off If the hutch is to be kept outside the roof should overhang all sides The roof of

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/housing-your-cavy---part-3/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    same temperatures that humans are generally comfortable in If this means that you have to bring your guinea pig hutch inside to an outbuilding in the winter then so be They must have plenty of bedding in their hutches with the sleeping compartment full to the top of the hutch if kept outside so they can nestle and be warm They are unable to stand getting damp and cold as

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/location-of-your-guinea-pigs-hutch/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Pet Pads - Rabbit Hutches, Dog Kennels, Chicken Coops, Hen Houses
    2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 Winter Quarters for Cavies 22 11 2010 It is not necessary for the guniea pig hutch to be brought indoors although it would be ideal if the guinea pigs cage could be moved into a shed or conservatory for the winter months If you have no choice but to leave your guinea pigs hutch outside then when its very cold and frosty its a good idea to hang an old carpet over the wire mesh of the hutch as a little piece of protection Do not use plastic though as this can lead to condensation which will cause the bedding in the hutch to become wet and the cavies will get chilled However throughout the day please make sure that your guinea pigs have some daylight and fresh air If they have dry bedding placed in their hutches their coats will become thicker to provide extra warmth during the colder months of the year Their hair is very warm and even though it may feel cold on top to touch if you burrow down to the skin the temperature can feel very comfortable Guinea Pigs are more suseptible to draughts than

    Original URL path: http://www.thepetpads.co.uk/news/news/winter-quarters-for-cavies/ (2016-02-09)
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