by Andrea Sparks
Small animals make great pets, and using the right pet cages keeps them safe and sound for your family to enjoy. Whether your family pet is furry, feathered or scaled, the right pet supplies, including the cage, are important to his health and well-being. Not only do pet cages provide security, they also create comfortable environments for your pet to thrive in. Your pet's cage is typically the first pet supply you'll buy, so you want to make sure it's right for your pet. The following article will help you understand the best small animal cages to use for your new pet.
Birds: Your feathered friend needs a cage that is spacious enough for him to move and fly around comfortably. A bird cage should have at least one perch for your bird to sit on, and a perch near his food and water will help him eat and drink comfortably. Look for bird cages designed for the type of bird you have, including bar width and perch diameter. Different types of birds have different requirements in a cage, so make sure you find the right one for your feathered friend to keep him comfortable and happy.
Rabbits: Rabbit cages, or rabbit hutches, should provide space, shelter and entertainment for your bunny. Many rabbit hutches have several levels for your rabbit to climb, and should provide plenty of space for him to hop around and play. You may also want to purchase a rabbit cage with solid side sections where your bunny can sleep or hide. This will help your rabbit feel more secure and at home in his hutch.
Small rodents: Hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and other small rodents need small animal cages to keep them secure and safe in your home. Look for cages with narrow bars that your furry friend can't squeeze between. A good rodent cage will have a removable tray for cleaning, and easy installation of water bottles and food dishes. You may also want to equip your rodent cage with a wheel and climbing tubes and ladders for entertainment.
Reptiles and amphibians: When you're purchasing a pet cage for a reptile or amphibian, make sure to research what type of cage your specific type of pet needs. Ground dwellers and tree dwellers will need pet cages with different orientations and landscaping. Most reptiles and amphibians need glass or plastic cages, called terrariums, to create the right environment for them to thrive. You'll want to outfit your pet's terrarium with appropriate heating lamps, lighting and landscaping as well.
Small dogs and cats: Smaller breeds of dogs and cats, as well as kittens and puppies, can benefit from pet cages too. A trip to the vet is easier with crates and kennels, and exercise pens give your furry friend somewhere to run and play in safety, indoors and out. Cats love to sleep and hide in cat cages, and small dogs can enjoy a safe car ride in a dog cage. You can also use cat cages and dog cages for training your pet as well.