How to enrich your small animal’s environment

by | General Pet Care |

Small animals have specific needs just like cats and dogs. With a few simple steps, you can enrich your pet’s environment!

Environmental Enrichment

All small animals need the opportunity to hide. Many of the small animals in our animal centres are a prey species and so they may feel threatened or startled by any unfamiliar sound or person. They need to be provided with a safe place where they can retreat.

Hiding places might also be seen as bathrooms; therefore clean these areas more frequently. Examples of hiding places to place in a cage include, but are not limited to:

  • Plastic igloo
  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Tunnels (PVC piping, dryer piping, toilet paper rolls)
  • Tents
  • Paper bags
Nesting material

Aside from bedding, nesting material should be provided for the small animal to build a nest or resting place for themselves. This will provide physical and mental stimulation, and occupy their time as well.

Examples for nesting material include:

  • Cotton balls
  • Pieces of fleece
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Toilet paper
  • Hay

Many small animals find enjoyment in climbing. This will provide opportunities for exploration and exercise.

  • Multiple levels, perches, shelves
  • Hammocks
  • Plastic tubes that connect
  • Pull string through toilet paper tubes and hang them across the cage
  • Ladders
  • Braid fleece to make a rope to hang across the cage

Let’s keep our small animals active and stimulated! 

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