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Cut the fat

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Cut the fat

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Cut the fat

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Cut The fat

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Cut the fat – Bird Advice

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

How to slim down your fat cat

More and more cats are kept as indoor cats. Little exercise and plenty of treats pile on the pounds. A doting cat owner often does not realise that fat cats get sick more frequently and that it is likely that the life expectancy of the cat is reduced as well. What can you do if the cat is already overweight, how can the cat lose weight?

Help for breeding birds

Why it’s so important to feed birds in the spring The winter may be behind us, but wild birds still appreciate extra food rations. These animals continue to rely heavily on our help during the spring. When the temperatures drop to below freezing and a thick blanket of snow hampers the search for food, many […]

Complimentary feed for birds

Seeds, grains, fresh herbs and fruit provide our ornamental birds with everything they need. However, if they have a higher requirement for certain vitamins and minerals, it may be a good idea to provide them with complementary feed. To cover their vitamin and nutritional requirements, ornamental birds need a species-appropriate, balanced diet. The basis of […]

Rabbit illness warning signs

They can’t tell us where it hurts and won’t let on for ages that it does. Due to this pet owners often only first notice an illness in their rabbits when it has reached its advanced stages. The vets from Maxi Zoo give advice on what to look out for and how to notice the first stages of an illness. If the animal is then taken to the vet, his chances of survival are good.

Partnering rabbits

Rabbits live together in large groups in their natural habitat, which is why pet rabbits definitely require the company of members of their own species too. Getting rabbits used to each other does not always go according plan, because the animals can be very picky. The vets from Maxi Zoo explain why a partner is so important and the best way of putting the animals together.

Keeping Dwarf Rabbits healthy

These little bunnies are cute and cuddly and invite you to observe their behaviour and body language. As with other pets you should make sure you know just what dwarf rabbits need for their wellbeing. The experts from Maxi Zoo have put together the five most important points on this topic.

Baby rabbits

The thought of silky soft fur, tiny paws and big eyes makes many rabbit owners clucky. But there are several important questions they need to ask themselves first – Do I have enough time? Can I find them good homes? Should there only be one litter? A doe is capable of breeding again just a few days after giving birth. This can quickly get out of control for inexperienced owners, so it is recommended you have the buck castrated after successful mating. Males can remain potent up to six weeks after castration, which means that strict gender segregation is a must.

Agility for rabbits

Rabbits can be really snappy little hoppers. Jumping over little hurdles, creeping through tunnels and coursing through slaloms can all be really wicked fun for them. Agility for rabbits will get your pet going, prevent excess weight and make for an amusing activity. The creature’s enjoyment, however, should take absolute priority over the personal ambition of the rabbit’s owner – which is why it’s very important not to overdo it.

Ferrets

Although actually a wild animal, the ferret has been tamed and bred by humans for thousands of years. The animal experts at Maxi Zoo know that for some years now this lively and inquisitive predator has also been very popular as a pet.

Degus

If you want an animal to cuddle, a degu is probably not the pet for you. These lively, active rodents are better for observing than cuddling and for this reason alone are less suited to children. But if this doesn’t bother you, degus make great pets, bring energy and life into your home and can be observed for hours on end. With patience, they can become hand tame and can be touched and hand-fed. It is important to care for your degu properly so that they stay fit and healthy.

Chipmunks

Chipmunks are popular for more than just their beautiful striped backs – they are a popular pet and delight human fans with their lively, lovable character. To keep them happy, chipmunks need space and species-appropriate activity, as well as some peace and quiet during the winter months.

Sick mice

Mice are small but very robust little creatures which seldom become ill – but only when the cage hygiene, care and feeding are right. Those who keep tabs on their little rodents on a daily basis can tell very clearly whether everything’s OK with them. If mice appear apathetic, afflicted with rashes, or has diarrhoea you have to intervene and go to the vet.

Hamster habitat tips

Hamsters are way too active to be happy in a boring home. Use simple tools to make the cage an adventure playground for your little rodent.

Intelligent guinea pigs

They’re so small – and yet so smart! Guinea pigs are intelligent rodents that can be taught many things. They need variety and don’t like being bored.

Guinea pig health tips

Important: guinea pigs need the company of their own kind as they are socially gregarious creatures.

Help- My pet’s stopped eating

It can happen in the best families… Fido or Felix won’t touch their food. Or the pet guinea pigs suddenly stop eating. Vets from Maxi Zoo explain how pet owners should interpret this and what to do about it.

Household safety tips for rodents

Out of the cage and into the wilderness of the living room – rodent owners should let their pets out regularly, at best daily, to ensure that they receive sufficient exercise and stimulation. There are however a few things to keep in mind, says the team of experts from Maxi Zoo.

Rodent cage setup

Rodents are fantastic pets to observe – jumping and scampering about, climbing or simply interacting with other members of their species. To be able to do all this, they need a species-appropriate enclosure. It’s easy for rodent lovers to turn this into a real eye-catcher, according to the experts from Maxi Zoo.

Pet sitter

Even if we would most prefer to have them with us round the clock, we can’t always take our pets with us on holiday. Most cats and other small animals react to strange surroundings with stress and even the dog has to stay at home sometimes such as when a plane journey is on the itinerary. The alternative: a reliable pet sitter or a pet boarding kennel.

Natural products for pets

While the economy and financial markets are in crisis, the bio sector claims to still be growing, because consumers have finally sat up and taken notice. They don’t just want products that are good for their health; they also want the goods they buy to come from sustainable production and livestock husbandry that’s appropriate to the species in question. That’s why natural and ecological products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers and, according to the experts at Maxi Zoo, that includes pet owners.

Feeding tips for your dog

You should usually feed your dog twice a day. Whether you feed your dog one ‘main meal’ and a smaller meal, or two similar sized helpings will depend on your dog. Some animals are fussy eaters and they are best fed two similar sized meals. Dogs belonging to the “insatiable” class of dogs should be given a main meal and a smaller helping per day.

Fitness basics-exercise the healthy way

“Fitness” has become a catchphrase that covers just about everything to do with physical and mental health. For dogs the focus is on three important areas – diet, exercise and play. Animals with a good weight, strong cardiovascular system, well-trained musculature and a clear head live happy and healthy lives well into old age.

Getting fit with your dog

Many a pet owner quite consciously chooses a dog as a pet because they can keep fit along with it while others come to it later: exercising together with their four-legged friends not only trains stamina and fitness… it’s also fun. As well as the classic dog training sports, mainly new, unusual types of sport are increasingly gaining followers.