We had the pleasure of caring for Greg and Rick, two D’argent rats, last week and it was a blast. Greg and Rick live in a beautiful rat paradise with lots of fun toys and furniture to keep them busy and stimulated. They drink lots of water, nibble on their small rodent kibble, and a munch on special rat treats here and there. Because we had so much fun with them, we want to share some photos and tell our lovely followers why y’all too should consider adding a pet rat to the family!
1. They’re brilliant. Rats are smart and trainable; one veterinarian wrote that she trained her pet rat to kill bugs on command. Wouldn’t that be a huge bonus?! They can also be litter box trained like rabbits and cats.
2. They’re surprisingly clean. Despite their infamy for being dirty street pests, rats like to keep themselves and their surroundings very clean. They clean themselves in the same way cats do and their waste has a relatively mild odor. Some can have the typical “musky” rodent smell, but it’s not nearly as strong as it is with other animals like ferrets.
3. They’re playful, friendly, and fun. Rats are social creatures - in fact many people recommend keeping them in pairs - and they love to play. Greg and Rick seemed to love keeping each other company but they also had a lot of play equipment to keep them entertained. Because they’re so friendly, they make great family companions much like a dog or cat.
Have we convinced you to consider getting a pet rat? Before adopting a new furry friend, be sure to consider the time and cost investments that are involved in owning pets of any kind. Though smaller, pet rats need routine veterinary care, a safe, clean habitat, and specialized rodent food. They are well-suited to families who have the ability to give them affection and entertainment on a consistent basis as well.
For more information about adopting a pet rat, visit the VCA’s pet rat page and checkout the ASPCA’s rat care handout too.
Humans and cats have one big thing in common: diet and nutrition are key for both to live long, healthy lives. Choosing cat food can be just as daunting as trying to sort through the millions of healthy human food options these days so we’ve decided to share a few key tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re shopping for your fur baby’s next meal.
The pet food industry has lots of players who range in size and scope. As always, we recommend discussing your pet’s individual dietary needs with your veterinarian to ensure they are as healthy and strong as they possibly can be.
Trusted sources of dietary and nutritional info for domestic cats:
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Association of American Feed Control Officials
Back in January, if you would have told us we would be in the 10th or 11th week of semi-lock down mode at the start of summertime, we would have thought you were telling stories. It’s hard to believe that we’re here, but since we are, we want to keep you informed about how coronavirus affects domestic pets and what we’re doing to ensure the health and safety of everyone who interacts with The Village Pets.
The CDC says that while it may have initially spread from animals to people, the coronavirus has continued to spread primarily from person-to-person. However, while very rare, it is possible for the virus to spread from animals to people.
To prevent the spread, they recommend paying close attention to your pet’s behavior and isolating them from other people and animals if they demonstrate signs of illness. Rather than exposing yourself or your furballs to potentially unnecessary risk, the CDC also recommends using telemedicine as a first line of treatment if you believe your pet has contracted the virus. Check with your local vet - they’re probably willing to discuss their symptoms on the phone to determine if an in-person visit is necessary.
Conversely, if you have symptoms of illness, it is recommended that you limit interaction with your pets (we can help if this happens!!) and increase sanitation and cleaning regimens to reduce the risk of transmission.
To reiterate, we want to highlight that the CDC indicates that the risk of pet to human transmission is very low.
What The Village Pets is doing to stop the spread of disease:
As you begin making summer travel plans, we hope you’ll consider scheduling pet care services with us. We are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our furballs and their human family members and would be honored to support you in the future. We appreciate your trust and look forward to moving toward a safer and healthier future in partnership with our beloved clients.
To help your relationship with your pet to thrive, we love offering tips & tricks to help owners get the most out of our services.