Small Animals

by Debbie Ducommun on Aug 1, 2015
“The habitat or cage is one of the largest purchases a small-animal owner will make and one of the biggest sales in the department. One of the best ways to encourage cage sales is to carry a large selection that ensures every customer will find a product they like. Fortunately, there are more cages to choose from than ever, so retailers can offer a range of designs and price points to meet customers’ various needs.There…”

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by Debbie Ducommun on Jun 30, 2015
“These days, there are diets for almost all small pets, and these products include all the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals. Most of the time, these diets do not need to be supplemented. However, illness, injury, stress, pregnancy and aging can increase an animal’s need for certain nutrients. Supplementation…”
by Debbie Ducommun on May 28, 2015
“Small-animal pets fall into three groups when it comes to diet. Rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, degus and prairie dogs are herbivores. Ferrets are carnivores, and the small rodents—rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils—are omnivores. Most small, exotic pets are omnivores, with a few exceptions. Knowing the natural diet their ancestors would…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Apr 27, 2015
“One of the most important sales retailers can make to small-animal owners is bedding and litter. Cage odor is one of the main complaints customers have about small pets. In fact, if this problem is bad enough, it can actually cause some people to get rid of their small pets.…”
by Debbie Ducommun on Mar 30, 2015
“Bottles and bowls for delivering food and water will always be staples in the small-animal department. However, that does not mean retailers should stock them and forget about them. To make the most of this product category, retailers need to understand small animals’ needs and be able to explain to…”