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Wild Things :: All About Small Pets

Cats and dogs may be two of the most popular pets around, but small animals like hamsters are considered to be some of the best pets for first-time pet owners.

Small Pets - Rabbits

The domestic rabbit comes from the Oryctotagus cuniculus species, and is a descendant of wild rabbits from western Europe and northern Africa. Rabbits are herbivores (plant-eating), have a high reproductive rate and are most active at dawn and dusk. When threatened, rabbits won't stand their ground, but will use their lightning speed to run away from harm. This unaggressive behavior makes them popular pets. If you're a rabbit owner, you may have noticed that rabbits will eat their own poop directly from the anus. To help avoid this behavior, you should make rabbit pellet food available for your pet 24 hours a day (keep a small dish in the cage full at all times). These pellets are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and is the best way for them to obtain these nutrients. You should also feed your bunny lots of fresh veggies like carrots, lettuce and broccoli stems.

Small Pets - Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs originated from South America and have been domesticated for thousands of years. In fact, some South Americans even eat them, as the roasted guinea pig is considered a typical dish in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador! Guinea pigs differ mainly by their fur. Short-haired guinea pigs include the American Crested, Himalayan and Abyssinian. Long-haired guinea pigs include the Sheltie and Merino. In the wild, guinea pigs are prey to many animals, which is probably how the phrase "to be a human guinea pig" (to be the victim of an experiment) originated. Legends hold that guinea pigs can help heal the sick and dying. We're not sure if they can do that, but we do know that they're gentle, loving animals that make great first pets - especially for kids! You'll want to keep in mind that guinea pigs are herbivores that need lots of vitamin C, so don't forget to feed them lots of leafy green vegetables.

Small Pets - Hamsters

Hamsters belong to the rodent family, and are the most popular of the smaller rodents to be kept as pets. The word "hamster" comes from the German word "hamstern," which means to hoard, as hamsters have expandable cheek pouches where they carry food. Hamsters also have large incisor teeth that are continually growing, so they gnaw on things to prevent them from overgrowing. There are many species of hamsters, but only five are kept as pets:

  • Syrian Hamster (commonly known as the Standard Hamster
  • Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster
  • Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster
  • Chinese Hamster
  • Roborovski Hamster

 

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Today was interesting. I was helping my aunt move from the grandmother's old house. We were just finishing up and about to leave when suddenly, behind my mother's car, a sedan pulls up on the street that was intersecting the small, dead end road my mother's car was pulled into. Just so you know, this is an apartment complex so the roads are especially narrow. The man driving the car hopes out, red in the face before going back in like he was grabbing something. We saw hands form the back seat, almost like he was fighting with somebody before he closed his door and headed away from the car. We couldn't see him. Then, the person in the back seat, a woman, came over to my mother's car. She looked in distress and out of it, asking for a ride and help. She nearly got into my mother's car but my aunt quickly stopped that. She was asking for help still, going to say that she was scared. My aunt told her to go deeper into the complex but she shook her head before heading back to the man's car. My brother, 23, was nearly yelling to my mom to leave. Now. This was quite a situation and very testing for us. My brother, mother, and myself go into a heated debate on the way back to my aunt's old house. My mother and aunt said that they wanted to help the woman. Do something. Get her in the car and away from that man and even further. Possibly call the police if that was all they could do. My brother and uncle, who was actually in a parking spot right next to the man's car, said they wouldn't help her, no matter the circumstances. They would much rather not get into that situation, not knowing what he was capable of. Not only that, it wasn't their business. They weren't going to put themselves in a situation where they could possibly get hurt or worse. So, after all this, the question is raised for you, people of KW. If you saw a woman in distress asking for your help and you had now clue when that man was going to get back, what would you do?
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