Is your Hamster Wheel the right size? Five Sources for Purchasing a new Hamster Wheel.

Sources such as http://thehamsterhouse.com, and http://www.second-opinion-doc.com state that a hamster wheel should be nearly seven inches for a dwarf size hamster, and at least eight inches for a Syrian Hamster. An exercise wheel is critical to the health of your hamster. It is a must have for their habitat. If after reading this information you realize that your hamster wheel is too small, and it needs to be replaced then check out the list of resources we have compiled below for making your next purchase. (We received no compensation for this listing. Resources were compiled based off  of the size requirements stated above.)

CarolinaStorm Bucket Wheel

The Carolina Storm Bucket Wheel

(Photo compliments of shop: CarolinaStorm on Etsy. Details listed below. This photo and shop information was shared with the permission of the shop owner.)

  • etsy.com, Shop Name: CarolinaStorm, they carry custom handmade hamster wheels in a variety of colors and sizes. Size ranges are adequate for dwarf and larger Syrian hamsters. Their wheels accommodate much larger small pets as well. The price ranges are typically $17.99- $24.99. Some even come with attached litter pans for your convenience. The reviews for this seller, and this product are excellent. We love supporting these types of small business owners!
  • amazon.com, Love Hamster Wheel in the 8.3-inch style, this wheel is attached to a metal stand and comes in blue or yellow. Current list price is $18.99. Ratings for this wheel on amazon rank this product as having 3.7 out of 5 stars.
  • ebay.com, Kaytee Giant 12-inch silent spinner/exercise wheel, currently listing on Ebay for $19.99. Current ratings for this listing on Ebay give this product 4.5 out 5 stars. If you’ve ever looked around Ebay you know that listings are added all the time so it’s possible you may stumble upon this product at a cheaper price point if you search around.
  • https://www.chewy.com, Chewy has silent spinners by Kaytee that are available in different sizes. Some of the reviews on these wheels tend to vary from almost 4.5 stars down to 3 stars out of 5. I suggest reading the reviews and deciding for yourself. The cost here is between $9-10 dollars.
  • http://www.exoticnutrition.com, has an 8 inch “rodent wheel” in black that is on a stand. They currently have one full 5-star review from a hamster owner. Cost is $16.40.

Please keep in mind that the prices listed above are just for the wheel, and do not include shipping fees. Prices for shipping will vary according to each site’s requirements. You may be able to land free shipping on Ebay, or possibly on Amazon if you’re a Prime customer. Happy hunting!

FYI: Any site we have researched also recommends getting a hamster wheel with a closed back for the safety of your hamster. For your convenience, all the wheels listed above have a closed back!

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Check out this cool little Rabbit/Hamster supply shop online.

This post is going to be short and sweet. As pet owners we can all identify with needing to buy supplies for our pets. Sometimes the gifts we purchase for our furry friends are practical, and other times they are just for fun. The store @ http://www.thehareandhamster.com is a mix of both of those things. Currently, items are only available for shipping within the U.S. On the plus side, if you live in the U.S. items on this site are currently shipping for FREE! Yay, for free shipping! They have a promotion code on their site from now until 6/30/2017, that you can use if you spend $25 or more you can get 10% off of your entire purchase. Pretty sweet deal! Happy shopping!

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Guess who hopped into the top 5 pet list in the U.S.A.? Our friend the Rabbit!

It’s no surprise to rabbit lovers all over the world that the hare is now a top 5 pet competitor in households across the United States. What’s all the buzz about? I know what you’re saying, “Well duh…, they’re totally adorable.” I agree. As far as small pets are concerned the indoor pet rabbit may also have a lengthy life-span compared to some of its other counter-parts. Rabbits can also be litter trained which enhances their appeal to some potential owners. In addition to the reasons listed above, there are also a variety of breeds to choose from when you decide to add a rabbit to your household.

Aunt Bea A Critter's Choice Plainfield, IN

(Photo Credit: Love this bunny, and interested in adopting? This is Aunt Bea she is being cared for by A Critter’s Chance in Plainfield, IN. You may contact them for more information regarding adopting her. http://www.acritterschance.org)

There are approximately 49 recognized breeds of rabbits in the U.S. according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Coat types range from short-haired to long-haired varieties. Eye colors are varied and can range from brown, black, blue, marbled, and red just to name a few. There is a plethora of coat colors to choose from as well. The size of your rabbit can range from dwarf sized breeds to standard sized breeds. If you’re stuck trying to decide there are plenty of great websites out there where you can investigate the various breed types. Just remember the larger the rabbit is, the larger their accommodations will need to be in order to provide them with a full and enriching life.

For many people who decide to get a potential pet they need to consider the average life-span of that animal. Life-span=commitment to ownership. Statistics tells us that pet rabbits that are healthy and housed indoors could potentially live to be anywhere from 8-10 years old. Barring any major health complications, that is a large span of time to take into consideration when deciding to bring home a pet rabbit. Therefore, if you’re considering bringing this animal into your home on behalf of your children then you should probably be a bunny lover too. Otherwise, this could lead to some heartache if your child decides they are no longer interested. Additionally, some rabbits may get along well with other pets, and for some being around other animals may produce a great deal of anxiety. The types of pets and the personalities of pets already living in your household should be taken into consideration before you bring home a new pet.

Sources: (www.petmd.com, www.arba.net,www.barbibrownsbunnies.com)

DIY Fairy Hamster Bed/Photo Prop. Our first DIY project here @ The Hare and Hamster.

Are you looking for a unique photo prop to transport your little hammie into wonderland? This fairy hamster bed is comfortable, and it even has an attached ramp for safety and mobility. I would say this bed took approximately 30 minutes to put together with the exception of the fact that I put the hinge on upside down the first time…oops. I picked my supplies up at Hobby Lobby and the cost was around $15. I experimented with a more “pedestrian” version of this by using household products but it didn’t yield the “wow factor” that I was looking for. That being said props are only to be used for entertainment, photos, or when your pet is being fully supervised. Hamsters love to chew and although I purposely left the wood untreated I am unsure of the exact type of wood it is and wouldn’t want anyone’s pet ingesting it. This is not intended for use in the hamster’s cage. Now that we’ve covered safety let’s move forward with what you’ll need for this project.

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The supplies I used for this project are 2 wooden fairy cutouts, 1 pre-made wooden box (approximate measurement in inches below in photo), chair cushion material (poly foam) for the “mattress”, cotton fabric, one small wooden plank (available with all the other wood supplies), and a miniature gold hinge with screws. You’ll also need scissors to cut the poly foam, a pen to trace the outside of your box onto the foam, a hot glue gun, and a very small sized phillips head screw driver.

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Step 1: Go ahead and plug in your glue good so it can heat up. Trace the outline of your box onto your cushion/foam. Go ahead and cut it out.

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Step 2: Check the height of the foam in your wooden box to see if it’s where you would like it. For the one I made I chose to go ahead and add a little extra foam just in the center for height. This is up to you. You know your hamster better than me. Go ahead and glue the two pieces of foam together if you chose to add additional height.

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Step 3: Next lay your newly assembled foam mattress on top of your chosen fabric. My best advice since we aren’t sewing this would be to treat the mattress as though it were a Christmas present and wrap it accordingly. Try to keep your edges as neat as possible to yield a nice square shape. Be careful because the hot glue can burn your fingers during the gluing process if you aren’t careful. If by chance you know how to sew you could also employ that method for covering the foam mattress.

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Step 4: Trim fabric and glue just as you would a Christmas package. This is what it should like at this point…Yay! Mattress complete!

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Step 5: Glue the fairies onto your box. Be sure you glue the fairies so that your box will set completely flush with the ground when it is sitting on a flat surface. I had to adjust one of mine slightly. Double check this so that your bed is stable.

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Step 6: Things are really beginning to come together! At this point we are now ready to screw our hinge onto the lip of our box. I had a photo of this but removed it because I initially put the hinge on backwards and had to flip it around. But never fear, if by chance you do this just take out your screws and flip it over. The screws were pretty easy to get in. All of it was done by hand. Also, be sure with the hinge screws that you start screwing it into the center lip of the box before proceeding to attach the ramp. Measure to make sure you get your hinges put on in the center. You can also put the ramp off center but that’s a point of personal preference.

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Step 7: Double check to make sure your ramp and box sit flush when placed on a flat surface. If they do, then everything is good! Just pop in your mattress and adjust it to your liking. And voila, you have your own DIY FAIRY HAMSTER BED/PHOTO PROP! It’s simply magical!

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Ohhh,,, Ahhhh! Thank you, and we hope to see you next time! Please comment below if you enjoyed this post and would like to see more like this. Please subscribe to this blog, and like/follow us on Facebook at The Hare and Hamster. Have a great day!

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The Rabbit vs. Hamster: How do you decide on which pet to get?

What a dilemma…maybe you should just get both! Just joking! This decision merits your time and thoughtful consideration. The plus side is it’s like trying to decide between cute and equally adorable. Let’s get to it by examining the various care-taking needs required of each pet. (not an exhaustive list-details shared here are meant to be highlights)

Habitat Requirements:

Rabbit

In general, rabbits need a clean cage/hutch providing lots of space and entertainment. I recommend checking with your veterinarian, or with www.humanesociety.org for detailed recommendations on size requirements. A basic thought process behind this is that the rabbit’s cage should be tall enough for them to stand all the way up on their back legs, and it should be long enough for at least 3-4 hops. Some owner set ups even include pet gate type enclosures that allow their rabbit to run free. For the sake of cleanliness, I think a free-range habitat would be best suited for rabbits that are litter trained; or ones that you plan to litter train. You should take the rabbits need for chewing into mind when designing your bun habitat. It is essential that they are provided with chewing toys that allow them to wear down their teeth. It is said that safe temperatures for the rabbit are less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hamster

Most information I have come across recommends getting at minimum an aquarium (usually a 20 gallon), that is 24 inches long and 12 inches wide. This is the size recommended by the humane society (U.S.), as minimum best practice for a single, standard sized hamster. Aquariums should then be fitted with a secure mesh fitting over the top to keep your hamster from escaping and to ensure air circulation. (side note: hammies can chew through thin screen material easy so do your homework) This type of hammy habitat would have to be cleaned weekly and spot cleaned as needed to avoid ammonia build up that can lead to respiratory distress for the hamster. Temperature recommendations are between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. *keep cage away from drafty areas* (Additional side note: hamsters are most active at night keep this is mind when considering appropriate habitat placement)

Dietary Requirements:

Rabbits

Diet wise your rabbit should be provided with fresh grass hay, pellets, and dark leafy green vegetables, and only small amounts of fruit should be given (seeds removed). Your veterinarian should be able to provide you with sources that list all acceptable fruits and veggies. Please note: certain foods like cauliflower, cabbage, beans, potatoes, rhubarb, corn, chocolate, and apple seeds are toxic to rabbits. This is not an exhaustive list. You should consult your veterinarian regarding complete details on this topic to provide optimum safety for your pet. In addition, all pets need access to fresh clean water daily.

Hamster

A Hamster’s diet needs can usually be met by using a commercial brand of food designed for hamsters. Usually a tablespoon of seed food/or pellets per day, plus the addition of some fresh foods like a raisin, small piece of apple, greens, or a floret of cauliflower. Hamster’s are known for hoarding their food so do not assume an empty bowl means a hungry hamster. Please consult your veterinarian about foods that may be toxic to your hamster. There are some things out there you want to avoid. Just as with the rabbit the hamster also needs access to fresh clean water daily.

Grooming:

Rabbits

Rabbits groom themselves regularly. Just keep an eye out for hairballs. It is recommended that long hair rabbits have a daily brushing with a soft brush. Brushing is recommended at least 2-3 times a week for shorter hair varieties. They shed normally every 3 months. You should never try to bathe your rabbit in water-they are prone to hypothermia and it takes a long time for their dense coats to dry. Consult a veterinarian if you encounter a situation where you feel your rabbit needs grooming beyond your area of expertise.

Hamsters

Hammies are fairly maintenance free when it comes to grooming. So long as they are provided with sufficient chew toys to grind down their front teeth they are usually happy. A nail trim from time to time may also be in order.

Random tips/advice: Immediately after purchase/adoption of your new rabbit or hamster take them to your veterinarian for evaluation. Both animals can suffer injuries easily if they are not handled carefully. Speak with your vet about best practice scenarios so that you can enjoy much needed handling time to bond with your pet. Regular interaction/handling is recommended to keep both types of animals entertained and friendly.

We hope this post is helpful as you endeavor to choose a pet Rabbit or Hamster.

Sources: http://www.humanesociety.org, and http://copakeveterinaryhospital.vetstreet.com, http://rabbit.org/faq-grooming/

Ready to find your new rabbit or hamster? Let’s go down the rabbit hole…

So you’ve decided to open your home to a new pet bunny or hammie….this opens up a variety of questions. Those questions may be something like…1.) Where do I find a pet rabbit or hamster? 2.) Are pet shops the best source for finding your new friend? 3.) Are there any other reputable sources for obtaining your new furry friend?

The answers to these questions varies depending on who you might ask, but we’ll try to lead you in the right direction. 1.) Where do I find a pet rabbit or hamster? The almighty Google machine is a good way to find information regarding local breeders or rescues in your area. There are also various Facebook groups dedicated to specific pets. Also, your search results may likely lead you to a pet store. This leads us into our second question…2.) Are pet shops the best source for your new friend? This is a tough one to answer because you will likely find people who have had both good and bad experiences buying from a pet store. There are certain things to keep in mind when you consider purchasing from a store. You generally do not get an opportunity to “see” the environment where your pet comes from. This brings up issues related to cleanliness, disease, and overall support to you as a new buyer if you were to have any questions related to care in the future. This brings us to answering question number 3.) Are there any other reputable sources for obtaining your new furry friend? There are websites such as Petfinder.com where you can find information on adoptable pets and rescue organizations in your area. Generally speaking, if you support a local rescue the pet you are adopting will have been cleared by veterinarian, been treated for any conditions, and you will have a short bio/history regarding pertinent health and behavioral information. Rescues should also relay to you any special needs requirements that an animal may have prior to the application submission process for adoption. Reputable rescues will spend time reviewing important questions with you to make sure you and your new pet are a good match.

We hope this article has been helpful to you in your search for your new furry friend!

FYI: If you think the little hamster above is adorable and you live in or around the Indianapolis area, her name is Vera and she is available for adoption at A Critter’s Chance in Plainfield, IN. (Rescue details and photos are printed with the consent of admin from A Critter’s Chance)

Welcome to the Hare and Hamster Blog!

I’m excited to say this is our very first blog posting here at the Hare and Hamster. If you’re reading this right now, “hello!”, and thank you for joining us. We are here to provide you specifically with information regarding pet rabbits and hamsters. While we love all pets these furry creatures are our current focus. Please continue to join us in the coming days for articles regarding, pet tips, DIY’s, and visit our shop beginning June 1, 2017 for pet products. (www.thehareandhamster.com) From time to time we will also be doing contests/giveaways for our members. Be sure to stay tuned…our first contest/giveaway will be happening soon!

Again, we thank you and hope you are able to find something here on our blog that enhances your experience/knowledge as a small pet owner/or potential small pet owner!

FYI: If you love the photo of the little bunny (Alex, Jersey Wooly) posted with this article he is currently for adoption with, A Critter’s Chance, in Plainfield, IN. You may contact them and find out more information on their rescue site @ http://www.acritterschance.org

(photos and rescue information were posted with direct consent of the admin for A Critter’s Chance.)