Small Animals at the Big Pet Store
We stock products for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice and Ferrets as well as Degu’s and Chinchillas and even Chickens
We apply the same nutritional view as much a see do with dogs and cats and aim to provide not only the best quality food and treats but also the best advice.
We don’t sell animals in our store as there are thousands just waiting to be rescued from the many rescue centres around the UK. We believe selling pets will only add to the problem.
We pride ourselves on supplying the freshest hay and straw and the newest and safest products in food, treats, toys and cages, with specialist staff trained in small animal care you are sure to get the best possible service!
We champion small animal welfare at The Big Pet Store. We will only sell the right size enclosure for your pet and advise on the best care. For information on rabbit welfare and the rules we apply when we sell rabbit hutches and runs visit www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk
If you are looking to re-home a rabbit please give fat fluffs a visit at www.fatfluffs.com or visit:
www.guineapigrehome.org.uk for guinea pig rehoming information.
www.rabbitrehome.org.uk for a list of rescues and rabbits available.
www.rabbitrescueandfriends.co.uk for rabbit rehoming in Worcestershire.
Hay is Important
Hay might look boring to humans but for rabbits it’s their main dish of the day, with 80-90% of their diet needing to be hay! (and grass is very good too!) It keeps them healthy and helps them function in a number of ways, the main ones being:
- Hay keeps the gut moving
Hay is made up of long fibres that help the muscles of the bunny’s gut stay strong. A rabbit’s complex digestive system means they need to constantly snack on hay throughout the day to keep things moving inside, and help prevent blockages. Blockages can often be fatal, If a rabbit doesn’t eat enough hay then this can slow down the rabbit’s intestinal functions and cause serious problems
- Chewing hay grinds their ever-growing teeth down to a safe level
Rabbits’ teeth continually grow, including all of their back ones. If these aren’t kept in check by wearing them down on hay and grass, they can grow out of control and cause painful abcesses, and even grow into the eyes from within. It’s a fast process – rabbit teeth grow about 12cm a year! Eye problems are often linked to the teeth. Other foods (even hard pellets) do not wear the teeth down like the side-to-side jaw action used when eating hay.
- Keeps bunnies busy rearranging it and searching for the best tasting pieces
- Teaches rabbits good litter tray habits