How to Play With a Pet Chinchilla

A cute pet chinchilla in its cage.

Have some fun playing with your pet chinchilla.

At the Pet Shop, we can’t deny how easy it is to fall in love with some of our smaller animals. In fact, one tiny critter, the chinchilla, seems to draw the attention of many pet lovers. It’s their soft skin that makes these rodents irresistible. If you decide to make this adorable little one a part of your life, you are going to need to know a few things.

The first is that a pet chinchilla is a small creature, but full of energy. These animals will crave your attention. The second thing you need to remember is to approach your chinchilla with care; they are very different from other animals. When it comes to playtime, make sure they are comfortable and enjoy your bonding experience.

They Love the Night Life

By nature, chinchillas are nocturnal animals. These pets are active and move around once the evening begins. You can’t force them to play in the middle of the day as you’ll only interrupt their sleep schedule. Take time during every night to play with your pet chinchilla for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Make Sure Your Pet Chinchilla Is Safe

We cannot stress enough how important it is that you take precautions with your pet. Chinchillas can be a bit curious, which can get them into all sorts of trouble. Have their play area prepped by placing cables, wires, and electrical out of their reach. If you can’t move these items, cover them in protective tubing. You should also look for certain spots in your home where your chinchilla might hide. You’d be surprised by how many small spaces like cracks and gaps they can fit into. Cover those spots and quarantine them somewhere they cannot get lost.

Toys Make Them Happy

There are plenty of pet toys that you can buy for your chinchilla. In fact, you don’t even have to go to the pet store to find something for them. Chinchillas like playing with the same chew toys as parrots. You can also use the cardboard rolls from paper towels.

Give Them Something to Climb On

It’s important to keep track of where you chinchilla is at times. As we mentioned before, these pets tend to find themselves in small spaces. A chinchilla is also very active and playful, meaning they will climb, jump and bounce off of everything in sight if they get the chance. We suggest buying a small step ladder or doggy steps. You can let them play on the couch or stairs in your home, just carefully watch them and make sure they don’t get into space they should not be.

Play With Them

You can’t force your chinchilla to play with you. Have some patience and wait for your pet to come to you. You can encourage them to play with you by talking with them. When your little friend makes their way over to you, pet them. Over time, your chinchilla will become more and more accustomed to being around you and come to you on their own.

Fun Ways to Play With Your Pet Parrot

Exotic colorful pet parrot, beautiful close up on bird face over natural green background, bird watching safari, South Africa wildlife

Keep your pet parrot happy with some recreational time.

Bringing a special pet parrot home is always the first and easiest step towards becoming a great pet owner. The second step involves providing them the right living environment and taking proper care of them. Finally, your last step is to show them all the love and care that they deserve. You can do this by finding a variety of interesting ways to interact with your feathery friend.

Parrots are fairly active creatures. You’ll find that they will quickly bond with and consider you a part of their flock. It’s actually quite sweet. Playing with them won’t be too hard either as they like to show affection by nibbling on your chin or messing with your hair. As far as how they act apart from you, they generally curious and intelligent. This means they tend to mess with things that they are unfamiliar with and they will feel the need to explore their surrounding outside of the cage.

Before You Let Your Pet Parrot Out of Its Cage

You may want to take precautions before you decide to let your flying friend free. They tend the go for the expensive stuff when they want to nibble on something. It is wise to put them somewhere secure and safe from their beak. Otherwise, you’ll have a mess of broken objects.

Keeping Them Preoccupied

There is a way to prevent your pet parrot from breaking any and everything they see. That involves distracting them. Look for parrot toys that they will have fun with. There are plenty that they will find endless enjoyment messing with.

One thing that you will notice that parrots like to do is mess with doors and latches. They will constantly try to figure out how to open objects as if it is some sort of puzzle. Place several durable puzzle-type toys around the house. They will mess with them for quite a while, in an attempt to figure out how it works.

Activities That You Can Do Together

If you want to interact more with your feathery friend, set aside a time for the two of you to play together. The best part is you don’t really need toys to have fun with your parrot. Playtime can be as simple as grabbing a cardboard box and throwing some crumbled newspaper inside of it. To add to the fun, take a metal object (like a kitchen appliance) and tap the side of the box while your pet is inside. They will enough the mystery of the noise.

Another fun game you can play with your parrot involves sitting him on your hand. While they are securely perched on your hand, start moving it around in an up and down motion, like a figure eight. You notice as that they will begin flapping their wings as you move them up and down. You’ll see that they enjoy this very much. While fun, this game can get tiring, so remember to take breaks every once and a while.

Hopefully, this gives you plenty to do with your special friend. If you have any trouble finding toys for your pet parrot, then contact a representative at the Pet Shop for help or visit us at the store.

Picking the Right Terrarium for Your Reptile

A small lizard crawling on the wood inside a terrarium.

Is your pet’s terrarium suitable?

A reptile is one of the few pets that needs a specialized environment to live in. You can’t just bring one home without knowing the type of reptile you have or the living conditions that need to be met in order for it to survive. At the Pet Shop, we can help you give your special scaly friend the home they deserve. Here are a few factors to consider before you decide to pick up your brand-new pet and its terrarium.

How Big Is Your Terrarium?

The size of your terrarium matters for many reasons. The first is the size of your pet. For obvious reasons, you’ll need a space that is big enough from your reptile to fit in. The second factor to consider is their behavior. Research is important before you buy any pet. You have to be able to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you planning on bringing home multiple reptiles?
  • Do they work well with others?
  • Does your reptile like to move around or stay still?

The answers to these questions will influence your choice. You’ll be surprised to know that most larger reptiles don’t require a lot of space to move around in. However, others are more territorial and will want their own space within the terrarium. In this case, you will have to find a way to arrange the contents of your terrarium for multiple reptiles.

Placing your Pet’s Living Space Within Your Home

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes. Most reptiles will be able to function in an all-purpose terrarium. These living spaces are usually twice as long as their width and height.

In rare instances, you may decide to bring home a lizard that requires a space that is different from the norm. Reptiles that are used to living in high places, like trees or walls, will need a tall terrarium. This will give them a home that feels familiar.

As you are looking at terrariums, think about where you are going to place it within your home. Make sure you have a safe and secure spot for it. That way your pet is comfortable for a long time.

Reptiles Require Proper Ventilation

Reptiles need fresh air. Unfortunately, pet reptiles live in an enclosed space, which normally doesn’t receive proper ventilation. You can change that with the right covering and side-wall ventilation.

A roof covering must have a large wire screen, with the right size and weight. This allows a flow of air from the top of the terrarium. A side-wall ventilation should have the same kind of wire screen mesh. It is usually placed in the bottom corner of the terrarium.

There are two things you should avoid with a roof covering. The first is to avoid a wire mesh that will allow food to escape. The second is to make sure that the roof is not made of plastic, which can fall apart under intense heat.

Buying Your Reptile

Hopefully, this will make thing easier when considering a pet reptile. We have several reptiles and terrariums available at the Pet Shop. Visit today, and bring a special friend home with you.

The Best Aquarium Decorations to Buy

A fish tank with several goldfish and aquarium decorations.

Aquarium decorations add some life to your pet’s home.

The most important part of owning a fish is providing them with a space to live in. An aquarium is not just some fish tank, it’s a home. For the well-being of your new aquatic friend, give them a place that they will enjoy. Make their aquarium space an area where they can swim freely, surrounded by the things that make them happy. The best way to do this is with aquarium decorations.

As a pet owner, there is a certain joy in decorating your pet’s living space. You are adding your own little touch to their aquarium, from where everything goes to the items you decided to buy. Furthermore, it’s a little sad to see your pet swimming in nothing but four glass walls and water. The more thought that you put into setting up your pet’s fish tank the way, the more they will appreciate the love and attention they are receiving.

Aquarium Decorations

There are plenty of aquarium decorations out there in the world but which ones are the best? What items are almost guaranteed to keep your pet satisfied? To help you answers these questions, here a few decorative items we feel should be in every aquarium:

  • Decorative Rocks – You have to remember that fish are of the sea. They love to be reminded of home, and decorative rocks are a great way to do that. These rocks are made from non-toxic materials, both safe for salt and freshwater pets. This also means that they will not upset the delicate balance of the aquarium’s ecosystem.
  • Driftwood – Driftwood is a great addition to your pet’s aquarium. They come in several different shapes and sizes, making it great for pet’s who like to move around a lot. This decoration is made with multiple cavities, allowing your fish to swim in and out of it at their leisure. Also, just like the decorative rocks, they provide a natural looking environment. It is truly a delight to see them move around and hide out in these wood-like decorations.
  • Artificial Plants – If you are sensing a theme, it’s that your aquarium should be a small replica of the ocean. The rocks and driftwood are a part of making it feel more familiar. Another great decoration to add is an artificial plant. These decorations replicate the look of the plant life you would find in the sea, in all its bright colors and shapes. They also provide a remarkable and realistic-looking aquascape for your pet fish.
  • Ornaments – The decorations are more for you than your pet. They are great for adding your own unique touch to the aquarium. You can add lifelike castle, shrines, or even a tiny sunken ship to your fish’s tank. These are all safe and do not fade over time. As an added bonus, your aquatic friend will love exploring these intricate structures.

Visit the Pet Shop

If you need any of these aquarium decorations, visit the Pet Shop. We have a large variety of fish, aquariums, and decorations. We even carry brands like Hagen. It’s time to give your aquatic friend the home they deserve.

Everything You Need to Know About a Cockatiel

An adult gray Cockatiel in front of white background.

Owning a cockatiel is a pleasant experience.

Some of the best pets give us endless joy, laughs, and good times. In your search for a new companion friend, might we suggest looking into the cockatiel? These animals are quirky and lots of fun to be around, especially if you are a bird lover. Before you run out to the store to pick one up, here are a few things that you need to know about this wonderful bird.

They Talk!

Cockatiels are more closely related to cockatoos than parrots. However, they carry the distinctive trait of being able to mimic human speech. They are a bit shy when it comes to talking, so be patient. You have a better chance of hearing one talk if you bring home a male cockatiel. They are more lively than their female counterpart.

The Difference Between a Male and Female Cockatiel

You’ll notice that these are beautiful birds. Most cockatiels have feathers with a rich gray color. If you want to spot the difference between a male and female, then you have to look at the face. Males tend to have brighter yellow and orange colors on their face. With female cockatiels, the colors are less apparent and more muted by the gray colors.

Taking Care of This Bird

You and your companion pet will have to take the time the get to know one another. At first, they will be a little wary of you and their new surroundings. Take the time to gain its trust. Interact with it positively, feed it treats, and then try to pet and touch your cockatiel.

You will also want to spot the signs of sickness. Cockatiels like to move around, eat, play, and talk. If you notice that their behavior patterns have changed or they just seem down, it might be time to take them to a vet.

Are you ready to see these exotic birds live and in person? Then come down to the Pet Shop. We have a large selection of birds. Find out if we have the right cockatiel for you.

Why You’ll Love Hedgehogs as Pets

The woman one of the African hedgehogs in hand.

Fall in love hedgehogs and bring one home today.

Hedgehogs are the best. It’s amazing how delightful these spiky little companions are. However, we know how hard it can be to introduce a new pet into your life. That’s why we came up with this handy guide for you. Find out why bringing a hedgehog home will be the best decision you will ever make.

Wonderful Personalities

Hedgehogs are similar to hamsters when it comes to how they act. At first, they will be hesitant to do anything because they are adjusting to a new environment. If you learn to be patient and give them positive attention, the both of you will grow to have a positive relationship. You’ll find them to be shy at times but willing to interact with you if you are kind.

Hedgehogs Are Unique Creatures

There are plenty of reasons to love hedgehogs. They are cute, adorable, and their mousy little faces will melt your heart. They are also the perfect pet to show off to friends and family. People love to pet and look at their unique spines. The spines are what protrude out of their back, giving them their distinctive look.

Easy to Manage

Usually, most pets are troublesome to manage. However, you will find that hedgehogs are quite easy to maintain. For instance, they make very little noises and are less likely to cause mischief. Other small pets like rodents or hamsters love to chew on any and everything. You won’t find the same problem with a hedgehog.

Allergy-Friendly Pets

Another great aspect of hedgehogs is that they are allergy friendly. They don’t leave any pet dander around to trigger allergy symptoms. You’ll be able to hold them, play with them, and clean their cage with no issues.

We hope this convinces you to come down to the Pet Shop and bring home your very own spiky little friend. In fact, we are offering $100 off of all hedgehogs this month! Just mention our online pricing offer when you visit.

What to Look for in Your Cat’s Pet Food

A gray cat walking on a window sill and looking at his pet food.

Choose your cat’s pet food wisely.

Taking care of your pet is a lot like taking care of a child. You will always want the best for them. More than showing them tender love and care, you have to feed them right. For your furry feline friend, their pet food is extremely important. What’s in their food can make the difference between them being healthy and them having a poor diet.

Stick to Wet Pet Food

Wet food is just easier to eat for your pet. While dry food may look enticing because it requires less clean up, they are high in carbohydrates. This can cause tartar and plaque to grow in your cat’s mouth. Avoid it and stick to the old, reliable can.

Look for Foods With Better Nutrition

Just like humans, your little kitty needs to eat the right nutrients. First, avoid pet foods that use grain as an ingredient, as this has a high concentration of carbohydrates. The reason you want to avoid giving your pet a lot of carbs is because it is harder for them to digest.

The next thing to look for is protein. Cats should be eating the same kind of meat we eat. This is where they will get their necessary intake of protein. It comes from real beef, chicken, and turkey. And the food that they eat should be all natural. This means no GMO’s and the food is organic.

Scale Back the Fish Food

When you think of cats, you think of fish. Their love for fish is as old as time, but believe it or not, they shouldn’t have it all of the time. Some fish has high amounts of heavy metals, toxins, and phosphorus. These can cause your pet to develop health issues. So, stick to feeding them this type of food only once of month.

Picky Canine: Getting Your Dog to Eat

A dog with leather leash in his mouth is waiting to go for a walk.

There are a few methods for taking care of your dog when they won’t eat.

Our canine companions are truly man’s best friend. But sometimes they can be prima donnas when it comes to eating their food. It’s important for your dog to eat right and eat often. For their own good, here’s how to take care of your picky eater.

Mixing Their Dog Food

Sometimes, your dog is just tired of the plain old dry food. Without having to break to bank to find them something new, make some changes to the dish. The first method is to mix some wet food or peanut butter with the dry food. Canines love both of these. Their nose will instantly be attracted the smell and they will eat all of their meal.

The second method is to mix some warm water with your dog’s dry food. This is perfect if your dog is used to wet food. When the dry food absorbs the water, it gives it a softer texture, making it similar to their old food.

Keep a Schedule

A little training can go a long way. It is pretty easy to train your pet dog to eat their food. You just have to get them used to a certain schedule. Your furry, four-legged friend should be eating twice of a day.

Set a time in the morning and night when for when you are going to present them with food. If you do it every day, they will know when to expect food. Make the feeding times 12 hours apart to build up their appetite.

If you are still having trouble, then become a little stricter. If they don’t eat the food within 30 minutes, take it away until the next feeding time. They will learn to eat their food fast, otherwise, it will go away.

Give Your Pet a Walk

You should walk your dog for various reasons. It gives them exercise and some peace of mind. If you walk your pet before feeding time, it should build up their appetite. When you get home, they should be more than ready to eat.

Enjoying Time With Your Pet Rabbit

An image of a pet rabbit laying on a log in an open field.

Find out how to safely play with your pet rabbit.

Rabbits deserve as much attention as you can give them, especially if you have one as a pet. After all, their energetic and playful personalities keep you happy. So, how about you return the favor. Here are a couple of tips for you to safely have fun with your pet rabbit.

Buy Your Pet Rabbit A lot of Toys

If you want your furry friend to enjoy themselves then find them a lot of stuff to play with. Pet rabbits don’t get out too often. Keeping them busy with toys prevents them from feeling cooped up in the house. You can also have some fun yourself by engaging with them in a game of fetch or passing a ball around.

Take Them Out Every Once in a While

Rabbits are naturally outdoor creatures. If you are truly worried about them feeling trapped inside the house, you should take them out. However, you have to be safe about it. While they need to run around in order to stay healthy, you don’t want to lose them or for them to get hurt. When going outside, either keep them on a harness or in a fenced-in area.

Pet Carefully

Who can resist petting a furry little animal? They are fluffy, soft, and love physical attention. Rabbits love to be pet as well, but they are fragile. When you want to hug, or pick up a rabbit, do it slowly and gentle. Most hold rabbits by the rear with one hand and by the front with the other. If they are not enjoying it, put them back down.

Enjoying time with your pet means that they enjoy themselves as well. That what makes a happy family for pets and their owners. Now, that you know how to properly play with them, go out, have fun, and play with your pet rabbit.

Keeping Mischievous Pets From Hurting Themselves

A cat, one of many mischievous pets, peeking curiously out of a cylinder.

Are your mischievous pets causing trouble at home?

We all love our pets. They’re our babies, our precious little friends, and our confidants. However, they have a tendency to misbehave. It’s not their fault, pets are naturally curious beings. As a responsible pet owner, you have to protect your home and make sure these mischievous pets don’t get into too much trouble.

Protecting Your Home From Mischievous Pets

The biggest reason to proof your home and protect it is to keep your pet out of harm’s way. Your lovable companion’s pension for messing with your stuff can end in disastrous consequences. And that is the last thing you are going to want to happen.

Here are the things you are going to want to pet-proof:

  • Kitchen/Bathroom – The kitchen and bathroom are no place for pets, especially bigger ones. They tend to get messy and you don’t want fur or dirt roaming around in those areas. Also, the garbage and toilet paper rolls tend to be their number one target. Childproof bottom cabinets, cover trash cans, and always remember to close the bathroom door.
  • Electronics – Wires from electronic devices just end up looking like another toy to your mischievous pets. They will go out of their way to chew or pull on them. You need to either keep low hanging wires out of reach or cover them with cord covers.
  • Bedrooms – You have to regulate your pet to certain areas of the house, otherwise they will see everything as their plaything. In the bedroom, you will often find perfumes, medications, and (in kids’ rooms) toys. Invest in a baby gate if you want to completely keep them out of an area and make sure you put everything away, in an area, they can’t reach.
  • House Plants – Many people keep plants in their home. They make a great decoration. However, they are dangerous. If your pet eats or ingests certain plants, it could potentially harm them. Once again, keep things like this high and unreachable or out of the home.

Once you start pet-proofing your home, you rest easy knowing that your home and your pet are safe.