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Practical tips for buying a cage

Rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals need both their daily exercise and a cage with enough space to move about. We’ll tell you the size of cage and accessories the experts recommend for your pet. When it comes to the size of the cage, there is a wealth of recommendations for interested owners. However, […]

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Health care for chinchillas

They’re so cute with their little button eyes and bat ears, and can live to be up to 15 years old. To ensure that your chinchillas stay healthy for longer, it’s important that they have regular health checks. Chinchillas make incredibly pretty and interesting pets, which is why their popularity is on the rise. They […]

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Creating the perfect environment for rabbits and rodents

The right litter for your rodent enclosure Having the right litter in your rodent or rabbit enclosure is extremely important. It absorbs odours and ensures that your pets feel well. There are different types of litter for different small animals. Rodents love to have a nice environment to live in. Even though they can only […]

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Whether they live inside or out

We’ll tell you how to help your small animals cope with the winter Pure lust for life for lively rodents, even in winter Rodents love to move! In summer they like to run, skip and jump freely on the green grass. But what about in winter? Kept in a cage because the house is full […]

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Pets and planes – Transport tips

Every year thousands of pets, mostly dogs or cats, fly away on holiday with their owners. Unfortunately for our furry friends, this is anything but fun and actually rather stressful. This is just one of the reasons that flying with pets requires extensive planning, say the experts from Maxi Zoo.

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Pet sitter

Even if we would most prefer to have them with us round the clock, we can’t always take our pets with us on holiday. Most cats and other small animals react to strange surroundings with stress and even the dog has to stay at home sometimes such as when a plane journey is on the itinerary. The alternative: a reliable pet sitter or a pet boarding kennel.

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How long can my rodent stay alone

Whether you own a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a guinea pig or a budgie the following question eventually poses itself: How long can I leave my pet at home alone? Even if you are nearby all day the question eventually comes up before the next holiday. The vets from Maxi Zoo supply the answers.

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Holiday options for pets

A pet sitter, animal boarding house or bring your pet on the holiday? – Every pet owner asks themselves this question coming up to holiday time.

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Choosing a pet boarder

Holidays should be fun and refreshing – that goes for people and animals alike. However, young masters and mistresses can’t always spend their holidays with their pets. If there’s no friend, family member or sitter available who can look after your furry friend, then an animal hotel is a good alternative. But how to choose the right one? Experts from Maxi Zoo have compiled a checklist to help assess the quality of an animal hotel – so that the well-being of the one left behind is also catered for.

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Balcony holiday for small animals

Warm spring weather doesn’t just entice us humans outside, the smaller members of our family also want to breathe the fresh air and sun themselves a bit. This we can allow them with a day trip on the balcony. The experts from Maxi Zoo explain how you can implement this.

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Home games for rodents

In the wild, rodents have to look out for themselves, from keeping out of the way of predators to finding food. When guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, rabbits and other animals are kept as pets in cages, these activities that keep animals busy in nature aren’t needed any more. This risks monotony and boredom in cage life through to a complete stifling of these otherwise agile animals. It’s easy to put a stop to this inactivity and encourage your pet to work for their supper with a food ball.

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Natural products for pets

While the economy and financial markets are in crisis, the bio sector claims to still be growing, because consumers have finally sat up and taken notice. They don’t just want products that are good for their health; they also want the goods they buy to come from sustainable production and livestock husbandry that’s appropriate to the species in question. That’s why natural and ecological products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers and, according to the experts at Maxi Zoo, that includes pet owners.

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Easter gifts for pets

Easter’s in sight and spring has sprung. The experts from Maxi Zoo have some suitable gift ideas which your pets will love and get them playing exciting “hide and seek” games.

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Christmas ideas for pets

What does the modern household pet get up to on Christmas day? Of course it busies itself with the presents like all the other members of the family! Many pets receive a token from their dear ones on Christmas Day- and often show more gratitude than some others in the family! Experts from Maxi Zoo give some tips on which presents are suitable and currently in fashion.

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The seventh sense

Internet forums are full of stories about cats and dogs that appear to possess extraordinary talents. The animal lovers at Maxi Zoo are also familiar with tales of dogs who foresee danger ahead for their masters or mistresses – or of cats who come home as soon as someone is waiting there for them. Could this be the so-called seventh sense?

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Seniors and pets

Dogs, cats, birds & co already enrich the homes of millions of senior citizens. There they provide an antidote against loneliness and boredom. And they’ve been proven to have a positive effect on health. Which animals are the most suitable as pets depends on individual needs and means. Experts from Maxi Zoo help decide on an animal housemate.

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Saying goodbye- When a pet dies

Animal lovers are thus often confronted with the death of a furry friend several times in life. What is the best way to deal with this? The experts from Maxi Zoo give their advice.

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Photographing your pets

Photos of your pet are a lasting memory. However sometimes the cat jumps out of the picture quicker than the photographer would like or the black dog can is hardly discernable from the background. The experts from Maxi Zoo know what it all depends on and have compiled the following, easy to implement tips for hobby photographers.

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Finding a lost animal

What if a rabbit hops across unfamiliar lawns, a cat seeks refuge in a stranger’s yard or a stray dog roams aimlessly about? Many people feel helpless and uncertain when they find an animal that has obviously gone astray: What to do? The pet experts at Maxi Zoo know how to help.

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Clicker training for rodents

Clicker training is a training method where the animal is rewarded with a sound instead of a treat. This “click” is made by a specially developed device, a “clicker”. The click is used as positive reinforcement (at the start, a treat is given at the same time) and is understood as a reward by the animal, even after the treat has been taken away. This method was first used with dogs, and then cats – since then, animal lovers have discovered that it is also a great training technique for rabbits, guinea pigs and birds.

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Children and pets

Children and pets

Most children want a pet to cuddle and play with at some stage. And many parents want to support this, as living with an animal can positively affect their child’s development. But not every animal is suitable for children, particularly small animals, which wrongly can end up in children’s rooms. The animal experts from Maxi Zoo explain which animals are suitable for children.

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Animals in apartments

Keeping animals in a multiple dwelling – an explosive mixture? The potential for conflict ranges from barking dogs to overflowing dustbins to cat hair allergies. Experts from Maxi Zoo give some tips on achieving a quiet life for both pet owners and non-pet owners.

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Pets deserve respect

Animal protection is something that should concern us all. On the one hand, there’s making sure that we keep and treat our animals in a way that’s appropriate to their species and on the other, there’s the value of buying animal produce for ourselves and our loved ones that comes from animals that have been treated and kept the right way. The experts from Maxi Zoo are here to give an initial overview.

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Pets and working owners

A quick walk before work, then again in your lunch break AND plenty of playing and running around after clocking off? For working pet owners, it’s often not at all easy to accommodate pets’ wishes. The animal experts from Maxi Zoo explain how to achieve a work-pet balance.

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Multiple benefits between pet and owner

In almost every third household in Ireland, pets are keeping people company. They are loyal, cuddly, alert and comical companions and they exert a positive influence on our wellbeing. Experts from Maxi Zoo explain how pets can have a positive influence on people of all ages.

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Am I ready for a pet?

Animals enrich our lives as well as our daily routine: they can be friends, soul-mates, companions, someone to keep fit with or simply living creatures. That’s why they are good for us – not only physically, but also mentally.

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Adoption from an animal shelter

In animal shelters everywhere, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits & co. are longingly waiting to be found a new home and family for the rest of their lives. If you want to take home a pet from the sanctuary you should first work out whether you can offer the animal everything it needs. And that applies to a ‘second-hand’ pet all the more, say the experts from Maxi Zoo. These animals have already experienced loss and under no circumstances should they end up back

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Achieve a work-pet balance

For many of us that dream of having a pet, a dog will be the first animal that springs to mind. We envisage brisk early morning walks and long strolls in the evenings and weekends; however, both you and your pet’s limits may soon be reached if you are not realistic regarding the time you have to dedicate.

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