Picking a Small Pet at the Pet Shop

Veiled chameleon on a branch, which is a small pet.

What small pet will you bring home?

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s usually the little ones that grab our hearts. Most small pets are adorable and fluffy, which only add to their appeal. You’ve probably thought about stopping by the Pet Shop and grabbing a small pet of your own. Before you do, find out your options.

What Type of Small Pet Do You Want?

If you are having trouble finding the right small pet, we think we can help. At the Pet Shop, we have a whole catalog of small and wonderful animals to choose from. There are plenty of pets out there, and you should consider the ones that fit your lifestyle. We guarantee that you can find your new best friend here!

The Lovely Pets at the Pet Shop

  • Rodents – All types of cute rodents come here. That includes domestic mice and rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters. That’s not all. We even have some of the more exotic animals. For example, we have chinchillas with the softest of fur and degus with the cutest eyes.
  • Sugar Gliders – These tiny marsupials are usually confused for rodents, and it’s hard not to see why. A fun fact is that they are more closely related to kangaroos and koala bears. The advantage of having a sugar glider is that they are smart ones. They’ll bond with you, learn new commands, and bring joy to your life.
  • Hedgehog – What’s not to love about these spiky friends. Hedgehogs are known for the spines on their back. While they are prickly, they are equally adorable and adventurous late-night creatures. You’ll even love the moments when they curl up into a ball and turn into a spiky little ball.
  • Birds – There is nothing more majestic than seeing our avian friends fly through the air. If you are fond of our feathery friends, we have a whole selection of birds. When you come down to the Pet Shop, say hello and find the right one for you.
  • Reptiles – They’re scaly, they love the sun, and they’re the coolest friend you’ll make. Reptiles are quite awesome with their colorful scales and wonderful personalities. They also have the best smiles. Our selection of herptiles will liven up your live as you try to figure them out and pet their scaly back.
  • Fish – Fish swim to their own tune and make great small pets because they are quiet, easy to take care of and keep you calm. If you want peace in your life, a fish is the way to go. You’ll also love buying their aquarium, decorating it with all types of rocks and plants.

Visit the Pet Shop

As we said, the Pet Shop is the best place to find your new friend. As a bonus, we offer new and exciting deals every single month. If you are located in the Allston area in Massachusetts, then come down and give us a visit. We are open every day. Mention our latest online order, and you’re sure to find your pet and everything you need for the right price.

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.

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.

Bringing Home a Pet Bird: What You Need to Know

Colorful parrot bird sitting on the perch, which makes for a wonderful pet bird.

Looking for a pet bird to bring home? Here’s what you need to know.

Does anything look more majestic than a bird flapping its wings through the air? We didn’t think so. Birds are fascinating creatures and having them as pets can be a wonderful journey. However, like any other animal, a pet bird is a responsibility. So, here are a few things to keep in mind as you take care of your brand-new pet bird.

Know Your Bird, Know It’s Species

Taking care of a bird is not as simple as just bringing it home. It’s important to know what kind of friend you are bringing home with you. Whatever feathery little friend you have your eye on, be sure to ask the pet store owner about its species. Inquire about food, temperature, and personality traits. You are not just bringing a pet home but you’re introducing a friend into your life. Be prepared.

Already Own a Pet Bird? Consider a Few Things

If you already own a pet bird and want to get another one, we can’t blame you. Birds are fantastic creatures. On the other hand, you have to once again consider its species. While some birds get along just fine, other do not. Some can be aggressive or possibly dangerous towards others. Do some research and figure out if the two need separate cages.

Buying a Cage

Along with the purchase of a new pet comes its living area. For most pets, this comes in the form of a cage. You have to remember; a bird will end up spending most of its life in its cage. That cage needs to be comfortable, safe, and most of all, it needs to keep them happy.

That means that they need enough room to fly around in, especially bigger birds. You also have to think about the bars on the bird’s cage. If they are too close together then your feathered friend can potentially get caught in it and hurt themselves. Last but not least, if you find two birds that are friendly with each other, then buy a cage big enough for two.

Why Do Frogs Make Great Pets?

A curious red eyed tree frog hiding in green background leafs. Frogs like these are typically found in Central America.

Always smiling, always happy. Frogs make great pets!

They are slimy and wet, green and colorful, and believe it or not they will hop their way right into your heart. That right, we’re talking about frogs. Pet frogs make excellent companions. You’ll be fascinated by everything this amphibian brings to your life.

Frogs Are Inexpensive

While there is always a cost that comes with bringing a new pet into your home, frogs are relatively affordable. Yes, you will have to buy them a habitat. Terrariums work best. However, these chill pets are low maintenance. They eat less than other animals, including small pets like hamsters and gerbils. Even better, most frog food is cheap as well, lasting you a long time.

Quirky Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe Them

Frogs are kind of funny. You’ll have the time of your life observing this pet’s everyday activities. They move at their own speed and hop onto the weirdest places. They are also adorable in their own quirky way. Most frog owners love looking at their big eyes and are fascinated by the mystery of what they are going to do next.

They’ll Stick With You

If there is one thing that you should not confuse a frog with, it’s other small pets like fish. While you won’t be getting your frog to do any tricks, they offer a bit more interaction. It’s fun to hold them in the hands, watch them crawl around, and pet them from time to time.

Another advantage that these pets have over most aquatic pets is their life span. The general life span of most frogs last 5 to 10 years and some even live to be 20 years old! If you feed them well, keep them happy in their terrariums, and take great care of them, they will return the favor by sticking with you for a long, long time.

A Guide for a First-Time Rabbit Owner

A little girl, who is a rabbit owner, kissing her brown rabbit.

Every first-time rabbit owner needs a little guidance.

Was it the fluffy tail? How about their cute little paws? Perhaps it was their energetic personality that caught your eyes. Whatever it was, you are now the proud owner of an adorable rabbit. Your new furry friend is going to need some proper love and care. However, as a first-time rabbit owner, where do you start?

Start by Making Them Feel at Home

Rabbits make great house pets. However, as with any pets, you have to ease them into their new environment. Keeping your rabbit comfortable is not as hard as you would think. It starts with the cage.

For rabbits, cages are their bedrooms. So, you have to be sure that they have enough room move and lay in them. A good cage is about four feet wide, two feet deep, and two feet tall. You can go a little bigger if you want to spoil them.

The bottom of their cage should be lined with some form of flat surface and hay. If you have a wire bottom cage, line it with wood planks. A flat surface prevents them from getting their feet caught in the bottom and the hay is comfortable enough to sleep on.

A Rabbit Owner Needs to Keep Their Pet Safe

Rabbits like to move around outside of their cage. They are fast moving and energetic creatures, so it’s to be expected. You are going to want to keep them safe from their own curiosity. If you want to know where they are at all times, then use a gate so you can know where they are at all times.

Rabbit-proof the areas of your home where you let them play. That means keeping small objects, dangerous chemicals, and other hazards away from them. If you have electronics with wires, buy cord protectors to prevent them from chewing on them.

Give Your Rabbit Space to Do Their Business

Everybody has to go at some time. If you have had your pet for a few days, then you’ll notice that they like to do their business in one spot of their cage. Don’t let them sit in their own filth. Clean it out occasionally. If you need to easier, buy a small litter box (filled with hay) and place it in that same spot. This should keep them comfortable and happy.

Gerbil Toys: Exercising Your Pet

Baby gerbils playing on a wheel, which is one of many gerbil toys.

Which of these gerbil toys does your pet have?

Cute. Furry. Adorable. These are three great words to describe your pet gerbil. These fuzzy little creatures are playful and active, making our lives all the more joyful. However, they need a way to exert all of the extra energy they have store inside of their tiny little bodies. A great solution to this problem – gerbil toys!

Great Gerbil Toys You Should Buy

Exercise Wheel – It is always best to stick with the classics. An exercise wheel will provide your furry friend with their own personal treadmill. It’s not uncommon to find one on it multiple times a day.

However, you should be very careful when choosing the right exercise wheel. Metal bars can cause accidents, and you do not want your pet’s little legs or tail getting caught in them. Make sure the wheel has either a metal screen or is made of plastic.

Plastic Balls – Give your pet gerbil the freedom they deserve. A plastic ball that they can run around in will give your gerbil the chance to roam just about anywhere in your home. The best part is that it keeps them safe throughout their whole journey.

There are few important points you should remember about plastic balls:

  • First, you should ease your gerbil into the ball. Everything new and exciting can be scary at first. So put the ball into their cage so they can get familiar with it.
  • Second, make sure the entrance to the ball is closed tight when they are inside. Use masking tape if you have to. This prevents them from falling out.
  • Lastly, allow them only 15 minutes of play time. The ball can get stuffy, and if you leave them in there too long they will run the risk of overheating.

Tubes –  By nature, gerbils love to build and dig tunnels to roam around in. You can buy a cage with tubes in it. They will climb, crawl, and endlessly navigate their way through the maze of tubes. This will definitely provide them with endless amounts of fun.

Keep Your Pet Hamster Happy with a Clean Cage

A cute pet hamster (syrian) climbing out of its cage.

Keeping your pet hamster happy requires knowing the right way to clean its cage.

Since hamsters are a part of the rodent family, you may not think of them as being a particularly clean animal. However, cleanliness is very important to hamsters, and keeping your pet’s cage in the right condition will be a big part of whether or not your pet hamster is happy. Here are a few tips for making sure your habitat is in good shape for the well-being of your furry little friend.

Occupying Your Pet Hamster During Cleaning

This quick little animal can easily make a break for it during the cleaning process. Therefore, it is a good idea to move your pet hamster somewhere else while you care for the cage. An exercise ball that allows your hamster to explore the home outside of the cage while you do maintenance is a great idea, and also gives your pet some needed exercise and recreation.

Care for Toys Properly

First, take all of the toys out of the cage. Use warm soapy water, and be sure to rinse all of the toys thoroughly so there is no chance of the soap making your pet ill. Leave the toys on a paper towel so they can dry while you care for the cage itself.

Cleaning the Cage

Remove all of the bedding. Then use a specially designed hamster-friendly disinfectant to clean the cage. If you don’t have access to a safe disinfectant, you can make your own with a 1-1 mixture of water and vinegar. Leave the cage to dry completely before you lay down the new bedding and return the toys to the cage.

Important: Your pet hamster will remember where everything was when you removed him from the cage. Thus, putting everything back just so is important to keep your pet happy. You might want to make a note in advance before you remove everything from the cage to make sure you can replace it in a reasonably similar way.

That’s all it takes to clean a hamster cage. Clean your cage weekly if it is a smaller-sized one. Larger cages can go a little longer between cleanings.

Is a Guinea Pig the Right Companion Pet for You?

Are you looking for a companion pet, but don’t want something to care for like a cat or dog that requires more time? A guinea pig may be just the pet for you.

Why You Will Love Owning a Guinea Pig

  • Health – Of course, any animal can get sick, and guinea pigs are no exception, but as long as they are well fed and don’t get overheated or dehydrated, this is a hardy
  • Easy – Bedding, water, veggies, and some specially formulated supplements are pretty much all your pet will need. Make sure the cage is big enough. Every day, give the guinea pig some attention. Other than that, the only thing to remember is that guinea pigs become fertile at less than one month of age, so don’t keep males and females together unless you want a litter.
  • Kid-Friendly – They are tougher than rabbits and don’t scare as easily as smaller pets like hamsters. Obviously, you need to keep an eye on your child to ensure he or she plays nice, but these are good pets for a school-aged child.
  • Longevity – Guinea pigs live five to seven years and can get into their teens on occasion. That’s a far cry from the two or three years lifespan you will get from rats, gerbils, or hamsters.
  • Personality – Like with other animals, guinea pigs each have their own unique temperament. It is important to interact with your potential pet before bringing it home to ensure that you are getting what you expected.
  • Human-Friendly – Unlike many small pets that are afraid of humans, guinea pigs not only enjoy the company of people, but will become particularly attached to their owner. They make unique sounds of delight like little squeals or purrs, and they may even respond to the sight of you by trying to climb the side of the cage to get closer. If you want a pet that you can actually hold and pet, this is an excellent choice.

The fact is, a guinea pig is a good choice for just about any pet owner. Ease of care makes them a good pet even if you have no experience in caring for an animal.