Do Rabbits and Guinea Pigs Need A Run?

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When humans sit around all day, they can put on weight, and over the long term, health can suffer. It is no different for animals. This is why it is essential to take dogs for a walk. Cats get plenty of exercise outdoors, and by running around the house. Hamsters, and other rodents often have wheels (NEVER use a wheel for rabbits and guinea pigs, they break legs).

Rabbits and guinea pigs also need plenty of exercise. If they are outdoors, then they should be given a run for them to play in. This should be big enough for them to run a reasonable distance. For home based rabbits and guinea pigs, these are usually kept in a cage. However, a C&C construction can give them plenty of room to play in. The tools for this can be purchased online in places like eBay.

These animals are fine for allowing free run off the living room. They at pee and poo on the carpet now and again, but this is more an accident than habit. Besides, as they are herbivores, what comes out the backend is safe.

The best way to allow free run for these pets in the home is to setup the main living area, and a smaller area on the other side of the room. After a few days, they will tend to just run from one to the other. This is great fun to watch. Block off escapes for the first month, and hide wires. Once they have learnt what is ‘home and safety’ to them, these can then be removed.

Always make sure the animals are locked up when leaving the house, do not let them run free with no one there.

Can You Adopt An Animal?

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In the vast majority of cases, humans are pet lovers. There are times when a pet needs our help though, due to thing like neglect, and in some cases owners can no longer look after them. This is when animal charities come in to play. They take unwanted and abused pets, and look after them. Once they are ready to be rehomed, they are put up for adoption.

Adopting an animal from a charity is something you can do today. Not only will that make you feel good about what you are doing, but you will also be helping the charity by taking an animal of there hands. This then frees up resources so that they can take in another animal.

When adopting from a charity, they always ask for a ‘donation’. This is to cover the costs of housing and feeding the animal, but it is always a good idea to offer them more than they ask for. An additional $10 would be very much appreciated by a charity.

So, next time you want an animal, have a look at the local charities before purchasing from a store.