Small Pet Questions

Animal expert Marc Morrone answers your questions about rabbits, hamsters, and other small pets.
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My teddy bear hamster keeps gnawing at the cage door even though I bought her a chew log. What can I do to stop the gnawing? Will it hurt her teeth?
There's little you can do to stop her from gnawing since it's an ingrained behavior for all rodents. It won't hurt her teeth, but if you'd prefer she gnaw on something else, try putting small bits of wood in the cage. Tiny branches that contain sap, such as maple, cherry, or birch, will be the most appealing to your pet.

I have a rabbit that won't eat any kind of rabbit food that I give him. What should I feed him?
Grass hay, such as Timothy hay, is the best foundation of a rabbit's diet, and it can be supplemented with assorted vegetables -- especially greens -- and a plain pellet food. Many commercial brands of rabbit food have treats in them that appeal to a rabbit's sweet tooth. Typically, a rabbit will pick out the sweets and leave the rest, so a uniform pellet brand is the best bet.

I am getting a ferret soon and need to know how to take care of it.
Ferrets require a significant amount of care. More, in fact, than many people expect -- there is a lot of information you'll need to know. Fortunately, there's no shortage of information about ferrets, whether it be in the numerous books available in bookstores or websites such as

What is the best thing to line a rabbit's cage with? Would a soft blanket be okay?
A soft blanket isn't the best idea as it will most likely bunch up in a corner and become somewhat messy. Try a clean bedding such as Carefresh or even a straw doormat.


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