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Pop-Up Pet Playland Designed for Pets by Inspiring Kid

I’m very excited to talk about a brand new product on the marketplace designed specifically for critters (such as hamsters, mice, gerbils, lizards and more). Best of all, this product was invented by an 8-year-old girl named Olivia Kessler, who I think we can all agree, has a very promising future ahead of her as an inventor and entrepreneur. 

The PopUp Pet Playland operates on a simple premise: all pets need to play and making it simple for us makes it better for our favorite critters, like mice, gerbils, rats, hamsters and more.  

The PopUp Pet Playland is a very large pop-up book that morphs into a playground for your kids' pets. Olivia designed it after discovering that playing with her hamster in its small cage is harder than it looks.

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BioBubble Transforms to Multiple Environments

I know that despite it not being a good idea, many parents are planning to fulfill their child’s wish this holiday season and get their kids a new pet. If you’ve done your due diligence, you understand that this requires a large commitment of time (and micromanagement) on your behalf. So it’s important to start with something small that helps you teach children how to responsibly care for animals.

This is why we absolutely LOVE BioBubble Pets and particularly, the BioBubble Premium. The bottom line is that it’s a system that allows you to move into different species as your children mature. Start with an herb garden, move into an aquarium, turn it back into a land-based environment for lizards, then into critters, then eventually into small birds.

This is all done by adding or deleting risers in a single BioBubble Premium Habitat. It’s a planter, terrarium, aquarium or small animal habitat:  all in one, beautiful, affordable environment. Which also makes it the perfect educational tool for teaching children about responsible pet care.

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Choosing a Guinea Pig as a Pet

Guinea pigs are fantastic little critters to have as pets. These intelligent little rodents are not only easy keepers, they are entertaining and fun to watch.  However, choosing a guinea pig can be a bit challenging as each breed has very different personalities, grooming requirements, and feeding requirements. Before you run out to pick one up as a pet, make sure you understand their individual needs and what you'll need before committing to any adorable guinea pig.

To begin with, you should consider adopting a guinea pig rather than purchasing one from a store. Most shelters have many of these little guys up for adoption. If you're looking to adopt for a child, this is even more important as you will have the added advantage of teaching your son or daughter about the importance of saving a life. Humane education is an area where most children are seriously lacking, so it's really up to the parent to teach their children about the responsibilities of pets and how to care for them.

Guinea pigs will require routine maintenance, which means cleaning their cages out at least once a day and grooming them regularly. How frequently they will need to be groomed depends largely on the length of their fur. Be sure you read the profiles of each type of guinea pig, which we have listed in our guinea pig section.

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Dookie Houser Ferret Hideaway

At PetsWeekly we aren’t just about cats and dogs – we endeavor to cover the entire scope of pets that our readers have in their lives.  Lovers of ferrets and other small critters, you are no exception.

As you probably know, ferrets love curling up in small, dark spaces.  If you’re the type of ferret owner who likes to keep your ferret out of their cage for most of the day while you’re around, you should take a peek at the Dookie Houser wooden burrows from Ferret Hideaway. These all natural wood hideaways are a decorative and fun way to give your little critter a place to sneak off for a nap when they feel the need.

Each Dookie Houser is coated with a soy-based, non-toxic finish to protect the wood from wear, moisture damage, and mold.  Not only that, but they have a neat flip top lid that makes them easy to clean, and makes it easy to reach in and pick up your little furry friend when you need to.  They make them all by hand meaning every burrow is a one of a kind.  There are currently 17 hideaway designs to choose from on their website, but if you don’t see a design that catches your eye, they will gladly custom build one for you.

Read more: Dookie Houser Ferret Hideaway

Choosing a Ferret as a Pet

Ferrets are intelligent, mischievous members of the"mustilidae" family, which means they are cousins with mink, weasels, skunks and even the European polecat. These little guys capture our hearts with their antics and are a great addition to any home (as long as you don't live in New York, California, Hawaii or Washington D.C. where ferrets are outlawed). Before you think about purchasing or adopting a ferret, be sure you check your local laws as well as the laws and regulations at local levels (including your home owners association).

If you've done your homework and you think you're ready to add one of these charismatic creatures to your home, we have a host of articles to help you integrate them into your family and keep them healthy. Remember that a ferret's normal lifespan is 7-9 years, so you need to be sure you're ready to commit that time to this entertaining and affectionate pet.

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