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Posted on 09-12-2014
Your exotic pet is a special part of the family, but they are also living in a completely unusual environment as compared to their natural habitat. One of the biggest concerns when keeping a healthy pet is to find ways to enrich their lives. Behavioral and environmental enrichment are great ways to interact with your pet and to learn about their native behaviors.
Enrichment is intended to encourage behaviors that are appropriate for the species, and that satisfy an animal’s physical and psychological needs. For example, improvements in exhibit structure, feeding schedule or social grouping may reduce stereotypical behaviors, such as pacing or over-grooming, as well as promote behaviors which resemble those observed in the wild. An enriched environment should also offer a captive animal some sense of control, resulting from its ability to make choices for itself, such as whether or not to hide, what kind of temperature and weather to experience and when and how to acquire food, etc. Your hamster isn’t going to tell you he’s bored, but he probably is! We have all seen a hamster in a ball, out roaming the house, or a mouse running on a wheel in its cage, but there are other options! Try these suggestions and let us know what ideas you have come up with.
Have fun trying new ideas!
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