Owning and caring for any sort of pet can be an extremely rewarding experience. For first-time pet owners, however, it can also be stressful. All types of animals, from fish to guinea pigs to dogs and puppies, require specialized attention and care. The exact equipment necessary to provide this care will, however, depend on the type of pet in question. Below is a brief summary of what pet supplies in Folsom CA are absolutely essential for keeping various types of animals.
What Fish Need
Whether saltwater or freshwater, all fish require a tank. The size of the tank will depend on how large the fish are and how many will be kept in it. The tank must have gravel at the bottom, which helps to keep waste under control. Equally essential are the filtration systems, heaters, water pumps, and lights that come with some full set-ups. And, of course, fish food.
What Birds Need
Be sure to buy a large enough cage to accommodate the size and number of birds intended to be kept as pets. Different species have different space requirements, so it’s important to do some research before making a purchase. The same goes for food, as each species will have different dietary requirements as well. There is, however, one thing they all have in common: in addition to meeting basic needs, birds require some form of entertainment to live happy lives. Check out mirrors, hanging toys, and other accessories before purchasing a bird.
What Pocket Pets Need
Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, and other so-called “pocket pets” all require special cages. These should be equipped with either drip water bottles or bowls and a secure place where they can build nests and hide. Most small mammals are prey animals in the wild so they tend to be skittish. This tendency makes it essential to provide both a secure hiding place for them and a means of getting sufficient exercise, such as a rodent wheel or hamster tubes, depending on the type of animal. The type of bedding lining the cage will depend on the particular needs of the new pet’s species.
Particularly when it comes to families with small children, it’s important to do some research and pick the right kind of pet. Direct any questions about care or supplies to a professional before purchase.