Popular Rodents

The perfect environment for degus

If you’re after fascinating pets, then you need look no further than degus. These comical rodents are inquisitive and playful, and have interesting social behaviour. We’re here to show you how you can make these animals feel at home. Degus are related to chinchillas and guinea pigs and look like a cross between the two. […]

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Understanding rabbit gestures

Who would have thought it? When a rabbit is just fiddling around by itself, it’s complaining that it’s bored! And when it stands up straight, that isn’t a sign of cockiness but a nosey look at the world around while sniffing the air. The experts at Maxi Zoo know exactly what rabbits want.

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Rabbit illness warning signs

They can’t tell us where it hurts and won’t let on for ages that it does. Due to this pet owners often only first notice an illness in their rabbits when it has reached its advanced stages. The vets from Maxi Zoo give advice on what to look out for and how to notice the first stages of an illness. If the animal is then taken to the vet, his chances of survival are good.

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Partnering rabbits

Rabbits live together in large groups in their natural habitat, which is why pet rabbits definitely require the company of members of their own species too. Getting rabbits used to each other does not always go according plan, because the animals can be very picky. The vets from Maxi Zoo explain why a partner is so important and the best way of putting the animals together.

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Keeping Dwarf Rabbits healthy

These little bunnies are cute and cuddly and invite you to observe their behaviour and body language. As with other pets you should make sure you know just what dwarf rabbits need for their wellbeing. The experts from Maxi Zoo have put together the five most important points on this topic.

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Easter bunnies

On Easter Sunday small children will be wandering through the gardens in many areas… armed with baskets and in search of coloured eggs and other things the Easter Bunny may have hidden in the bushes. Imagine their great joy at finding a full Easter nest. The Easter Bunny tradition is still relatively young as the experts from Maxi Zoo know. But this particular bunny has nothing at all to do with the rabbits that we keep as house pets.

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Dwarf rabbits

In natural conditions, dwarf rabbits live in groups, digging warrens where they spend most their time when not feeding. This is where they raise their young. Rabbits move by hopping, using their long and powerful hind legs.

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Baby rabbits

The thought of silky soft fur, tiny paws and big eyes makes many rabbit owners clucky. But there are several important questions they need to ask themselves first – Do I have enough time? Can I find them good homes? Should there only be one litter? A doe is capable of breeding again just a few days after giving birth. This can quickly get out of control for inexperienced owners, so it is recommended you have the buck castrated after successful mating. Males can remain potent up to six weeks after castration, which means that strict gender segregation is a must.

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Aging rabbits

What do you anticipate from a pleasant retirement? Peace and quiet, cosiness, to be as healthy as possible? And that’s precisely what a rabbit should look forward to, say the experts from Maxi Zoo. With a few little everyday extras, you can see to it that its retirement days are a good time for your rabbit. Perhaps you won’t notice it in your rabbit at first glance but from the sixth or seventh year of its life, it will have become a senior and needs very special attention from you. You can only recognise health problems through keen observation and thus act before the creature becomes seriously ill.

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Agility for rabbits

Rabbits can be really snappy little hoppers. Jumping over little hurdles, creeping through tunnels and coursing through slaloms can all be really wicked fun for them. Agility for rabbits will get your pet going, prevent excess weight and make for an amusing activity. The creature’s enjoyment, however, should take absolute priority over the personal ambition of the rabbit’s owner – which is why it’s very important not to overdo it.

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Vet and vaccinations

Transport your bunny in a plastic carrier. This is more practical and hygienic than a wicker basket, the rabbit cage with bedding or carrying the rabbit on your arm. Leave the bedding at home and put a towel in the carrier instead. The towel can also be put on the vet’s examination table as it is often quite smooth and cold.

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Outside enclosures for rabbits

Rabbits love activity. No wonder they’re always racing around, jumping or burrowing in the wild. That’s why there’s nothing better than providing the little hoppers with an outside run during the summer months – with lots of opportunities for keeping busy. The animal experts from Maxi Zoo know what it’s about.

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The Hedgehogs

All animal lovers are really pleased when a hedgehog comes to visit their garden. When winter is imminent, many people worry about whether the creature has enough winter fat and good conditions to survive the cold season in health. How and which ones to help is explained by the vets from Maxi Zoo. Hedgehogs are a specially protected species and may not simply be caught and put into confinement. Under the terms of the Wildlife Act, sick and injured animals are an exception. And motherless baby hedgehogs, which are obviously helpless, may also be cared for.

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Ferrets

Although actually a wild animal, the ferret has been tamed and bred by humans for thousands of years. The animal experts at Maxi Zoo know that for some years now this lively and inquisitive predator has also been very popular as a pet.

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Degus

If you want an animal to cuddle, a degu is probably not the pet for you. These lively, active rodents are better for observing than cuddling and for this reason alone are less suited to children. But if this doesn’t bother you, degus make great pets, bring energy and life into your home and can be observed for hours on end. With patience, they can become hand tame and can be touched and hand-fed. It is important to care for your degu properly so that they stay fit and healthy.

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Chipmunks

Chipmunks are popular for more than just their beautiful striped backs – they are a popular pet and delight human fans with their lively, lovable character. To keep them happy, chipmunks need space and species-appropriate activity, as well as some peace and quiet during the winter months.

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Chinchillas

A growing number of animal lovers are falling in love with this mostly grey, furry rodent with large, round ears and bushy tail. Not to be confused this with the chinchilla rabbit, which takes its name from the animal with the valuable fur because of its colour, the chinchilla is very different to other rodents. Chinchillas have an average lifespan of twelve years and can live to over 20. The animal experts from Maxi Zoo reveal more about this animal.

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Sick mice

Mice are small but very robust little creatures which seldom become ill – but only when the cage hygiene, care and feeding are right. Those who keep tabs on their little rodents on a daily basis can tell very clearly whether everything’s OK with them. If mice appear apathetic, afflicted with rashes, or has diarrhoea you have to intervene and go to the vet.

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Rats as pets

If you look back a few hundred or a few thousand years, rodents scurrying around on the floor were not very popular and at certain times were accursed. Rats and mice were not usually differentiated – they were all the same. On the contrary, the Chinese have long since honoured the rat as a sign of the zodiac.

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Rats and mice

When people jump onto chairs shrieking with hysteria and looking down in fear, there’s often only one reason for it: a mouse has just scampered across the floor. Well, that’s how it is on the TV, at least. Their much bigger fellow beings, threats, also encounter much loathing. Their bad reputation as carriers of disease has become lodged in people’s minds since the middle ages. However, one man’s plague is another’s favourite pet.

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Popular mouse species

A tiny mouse hero has taken over the silver screen with the film adaptation of the children’s book “The Tale of Despereaux” by American author Kate DiCamillo. The animated comedy will inspire many adults and children to keep mice as pets, say the experts from Maxi Zoo. But what types of mice are there anyway and how do you look after them?

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Moving with rats and mice

A move is always a particular stress situation for people and animals.
You should take care that the move with small animals runs as smoothly as possible.

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Fancy mice

Fancy mice make very enterprising and inquisitive domestic comrades. It’s tremendous fun watching these little indoor climbing experts, gymnasts and masters of their art getting out of tight corners. However, they won’t be content on their own. Fancy mice need the company of their peers, to be happy. Because the little animals “breed like mice” you should only keep animals of the same sex.

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What hamster fans should know

Those who take on a golden or teddy hamster have to learn new thinking. These children of the desert are quite different to other pets in many respects.

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Types of hamsters

Animal lovers find them simply adorable: Golden hamsters are one of the most popular pets of all time. But these days, these hamsters from the mesocricetus genus have competition. Dwarf hamsters, such as Winter White and Roborovski dwarf hamsters, have also captured our hearts.

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Hamster habitat tips

Hamsters are way too active to be happy in a boring home. Use simple tools to make the cage an adventure playground for your little rodent.

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ABC of hamsters

Hamsters are one of the most loved of all house pets. Not only do they look so cute but golden hamsters and dwarf hamsters make fun housemates. So that they too can feel at home with us humans, there are a few things that we should keep in mind. The experts from Maxi Zoo have compiled a hamster ABC.

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Partnering guinea pigs

Luckily it is old news that guinea pigs need the company of their own kind. However even these extraordinarily social creatures cannot live with just anyone. The experts from Maxi Zoo explain what works and what to look out for in a guinea pig group.

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Intelligent guinea pigs

They’re so small – and yet so smart! Guinea pigs are intelligent rodents that can be taught many things. They need variety and don’t like being bored.

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Guinea pig overview

Pet Pointers Guinea pigs are cuddly, lively, inquisitive and uncomplicated. And they haven’t just been the cute little favourites of children for a long time. Grown-ups are also valuing their company more and more. Experts from Maxi Zoo explain how to keep guinea pigs in a manner appropriate to their species.

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