Parrot Lifespans: How Long Do Parrots Live For?

Parrots are incredible animals, and just one of the things that makes them special is that they can live an awfully long time. But how many of these stories are exaggerated urban myths – and how long do parrots really live? General Rules Governing Parrot Lifespans Parrots as a group are quite long-lived birds, but […]

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Gerbils as Pets

While Syrian hamsters may have been the most popular children’s pet for some decades, many gerbil keepers claim they actually make far better pets – for kids of all ages. If you’re considering purchasing your first gerbil, in this article we’ll try to make a balanced argument, revealing both the good and the bad sides […]

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Chinchilla Caging: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Chinchillas are relatively large and active pets, which require a suitably large cage for exercise. In addition, they are well-known for their ability to gnaw through most materials, meaning that their cage must be sturdy. In short, chinchillas as pets require specialist caging; there are very few existing cages for other pets which can be […]

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What Every Cat Owner Needs to Know about FeLV

Feline Leukemia Virus is a retrovirus found only in cats. It is considered a serious condition which, under some circumstances, can significantly shorten a cat’s lifespan. What is FeLV? Feline Leukemia Virus, also known as FeLV, was discovered in 1964. This virus can have a wide range of effects on infected cats. Firstly, cats suffering […]

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The 9 Best Invertebrates for Children

Any pet can help teach children respect and responsibility for animals, but as a lot of invertebrates do not require handling, this can be a fantastic opportunity for children to really get to grips with the complexities of being a pet owner. It is always best to have Mum and Dad on hand, but allowing […]

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Microchipping Dogs: A Beginner’s Guide

With the forthcoming UK law that all dogs must be microchipped there are still plenty of dog owners who don’t understand the basics of how microchipping actually works. We therefore decided to interview a qualified UK microchipper, to find a little more about how dogs are microchipped, what the risks are, and what you need […]

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Guinea Pigs or Rabbits: What’s The Best Small Pet?

For many years both rabbits and guinea pigs have been popular children’s pets. However, like anything else, each option has both its strengths and its weaknesses, and some parents are surprised by what they discover after bringing one (or more) of these animals home. The aim of this article is therefore to provide further details […]

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