Savic hamster Heaven

Savic Hamster Heaven Review

The hamster cage market is awash with unsuitable and in-humane

Savic hamster Heaven
Savic hamster Heaven

monstrosities so it is refreshing to finally find a great hamster cage!

The Savic Hamster Heaven is an awesome example of  a premium hamster cage. It is made to the highest standards by the Belgian company, Savic.
First off, this is a very large cage and it meets all the minimum standards for Syrian hamsters in both North America and Europe.  The cage comes complete with two platforms, a hamster wheel, tubes leading to nesting area, water bottle, food bowls and a slide. The hamster heaven cage has plenty of room for hamsters to play and explore whilst providing them with lots of exercise and climbing opportunities.

The hamster wheel is a little noisey like with all basic wheels and would be best replaced with a silent spinner or something like that.

The cage is build from very high quality plastic forming the deep tray allowing hamsters to dig and burrow to their hearts content whilst keeping your carpet free from substrate and bedding.

One of the key features of this cage is the hamster penthouse at the very top! Your hamster will have a bed in a room with a few which is accessible via tubing. Dwarf hamsters may struggle with these tubes, but they are ideal for Syrian hamsters. The tubes have plenty of holes to give good ventilation.

The hamster heaven is very securely made with heavy duty catches that lock the wire bars to the base tray very securely and the tubes are made very robustly. It’s very unlikely a hamster would be able to escape from the cage.

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hamster heaven cage

 

Hamster Tales

“Ah Boy” has always been the least favourite of my hamsters as he is the hyperactive type. He would not sit still and was prone to mood swings from time to time nipping his cage mate very violently hard or chasing him around the tank. He’s drawn blood on my pearl so many times. Furthermore he is the skinniest of all my hamsters. I considered him the ultimate bully
and he scorns any hamster gorging/hoarding food by chasing him around the tank and nipping him.

“Ah Boy” came all through as a problem hamster. He has caused me constant worry. From the beginning he began to develop a type of skin rash which left his skin inflamed red and in folds…however after going through so many websites I decided on self treating it with a compound for dermatitis. Luckily he recovered but that did not wane his sense for adventure and dangerous stunts.

He will hang from the upper bars of his Safari cage swinging and dropping himself down…occasionally doing back flips or just plunging down when his tiny arms would hold him no longer; on his back or rump. He would continue to do this a few times and it made me so worried he may injure himself. He would also take to his wheel like a marathon runner.

One day as I took him out to inspect his receding rash..he began to limp and drag his foot in an awkward twisted position…being the concerned owner I was, I panicked and was determined to bring him to the vet the next day as it was already late. I could not sleep that night with ceaseless worry that he may never walk properly again.

Even as sleep befell me I had visions of “Ah Boy” in a cast.

The next morning, I was chastising “Ah Boy” and at the same time preparing his transport tank; I took him out and to my amazement he was walking fine. That evening he was repeating his performance stunts like a star who could not let his adoring fans down.

Weeks later….another problem cropped up…he started to sport a swollen lower lip like an abscess. I was worried sick as to how he was going to eat etc…..would it break open or fall of….should I bring him to the vet to cut it open ….a dozen questions crossed my mind….

Finally, I decided to leave him for a day or two to see if the swelling would go down….he laid quite listlessly in the corner and looking very sorry for himself. No more stunts!! I fed him soft pear, yoghurt drops and shelled sunflower seeds. The only acknowledgement he gave was lifting his head when I came near his cage. I took him out every night and the swelling seemed
to go down…but in my inspection, he squirmed and wriggled so much that I had to put him back..even his pearl room mate took to cuddling up to him and sleeping on his tummy.

Up to the Hamstermeet he has recovered fully of all his infirmities except for a small red dot on his lower lip like a lipstick stain.

In fact what surprised and amazed me most was his behaviour as the meet. He sat so still when he was stroked as if he enjoyed it so much. He sat so motionless and made no attempts to move as if a dog or cat being stroked when otherwise he would be a mini Tarzan at home.

I was so impressed by his angelic behaviour that I would have awarded him star status if only he could sign autographs as well. Anyway, I was so proud of him for his quality to actually sit still for some half an hour. Even when he was passed around, he still made no attempts to move except to stretch himself out like a cat to ease stroking his whole back.

From my least favourite, he has elevated to my most favoured. The only thing left is to fatten him up slightly. Anyway, he is back to his old hyper self, and we will have to see at the next meet if he makes a repeat of his angelic performance. I do hope it’s not a one time performance only!!

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Typical Costs for Common Auto Procedures

There are a number of ways to save money on car maintenance. Things like brake pads – learn more – and transmission repair and maintenance can be done by the average person with just a

car auto repair
car auto repair

little bit of studying and an investment in the right tools which if done correctly can save you a ton of money based on the average transmission rebuild cost by a professional mechanic. You can also save money on car repairs by avoiding the more costly repairs. This is done by keeping up with preventative maintenance in order to avoid bigger problems. A bad spark plug can lead to catalytic converter problems, old oil can clog an engine and improper cooling can cause the pistons to melt and your engine to seize. All of these items make your maintenance bill go through the roof and are easy to avoid by taking car of your car. You should also consider building a relationship with a local area mechanic you can trust.

Doing Some DIY work Yourself

As with anything else, doing the work yourself can save you money in exchange for your time. Changing your oil, replacing your brake pads, replacing filters and even auto window tinting (read more: how much is window tinting?) can keep you from having to pay a mechanic to do these things. Your car paint job can even be touched up by you which will save you the money reported by websites on google. This type work might not seem like much but it adds up over time, particularly if you are working on more than one car. The brake pad replacement cost highly depends on what quality and materials used in brake repair.
Taking a class is a good way to learn more about your automobile and might even give you access to tools you don’t readily have at home. This is often how people start out down the car hobby road. It can be very fun to work on a vehicle, especially if your day job is in an office. There is something cathartic about working on an engine and figuring out problems on your own in a very hands-on way. All of this works as therapy for you and saves you time at the mechanic’s shop. You don’t have to turn in your car and you don’t have to pay for a rental. It can be a real great situation.

Building a good Relationship with a Mechanic

You should also work on building a relationship with a mechanic. Mechanics like to know they have won over your business. If they can count on you to bring them cars, they can afford to charge you less when you are a regular customer. They need to have a steady flow of work to pay the bills and keeping regular customers happy helps ensure this. It also means they have a vested interest in keeping you happy.
Mechanics often get work through recommendations. They want you to like them and they want you to tell your friends about them. The more people you tell about their services, the more valued a customer you will become. Some mechanics offer particular discounts, will give cheap or free estimates or even run diagnostics without having you pay. All of this adds up over time and saves you money each and every year. Such savings can then be extended to other vehicles and you can even get the advice of your mechanic as to what new car you may want to buy next or even check out a great used car.
Saving money on car maintenance is a great way to lower your household bills. Often there are times where it seems that you don’t have enough time to keep up with all the small items, but that can cost you in the long run. Making sure to keep up with preventative maintenance will help you save money and will keep your car working on a regular basis. The smallest things can make a difference and keeping good records of your car’s service will help you stay on top of all the required maintenance. Don’t ignore scheduled service calls, stay on top of the recommendations of the manufacturer and get things tested immediately if they start to go wrong. All of these simple steps will keep your repair bills low while keep your car in perfect working order.

Preventative Maintenance

Taking your car in for its regular oil change is the first step in keeping it running smoothly. At this time the mechanic should check the tire pressure, the gaskets, the air filters and the spark plugs. This gives you a baseline for how your car is running. Oil change coupons offer you a savings on this standard repair and can save you money time and time again by making each a cheap oil change. You should also check your new car financing contract as sometimes it includes preventative maintenance requirements or benefits. That said, be sure you fully understand how 0% financing on new cars works as it is typically only a good deal for those with a high credit score and those that can put plenty of money down on the car.
Wind shield replacement and repair is another place where you can save money (further reading: where to get a windshield replaced?) Repairing a chip can keep you from having to pay for the whole wind shield replacement. Wheel alignments are also important for keeping your car running correctly. Out of balance tires not only ruins your gas mileage but can put undo stress on your axles according to Google websites. This can cause uneven wear on the tires as well, another expensive replacement cost that can be easily avoided.

Degus as Pets

Degu Care

What kind of Degu information should you have if you are thinking of bringing home a pet? Of course, you’ll need to find out what breed of Degu you want. You will need to know what kind of habitat to provide for them. And you’ll need to know how to feed and take care of them. Here’s a basic overview to help you get started. All of the types of pet degu can live in colonies successfully if you take care to make sure the genders are separated. It is important not to allow accidental breeding, because the colonies could get overpopulated very quickly if that occurs. Female degus are in heat approximately every four days, gestation takes less than three weeks, and as many as 14 degu pups can be born in each litter. So keeping the genders separated is an absolute must if you decide you want to keep colonies.

How much do Degus cost?

Degus can cost as much as $40, however you are often able to find cheaper pets available at pet stores.

Degu Cages

In the wild, Degus are nocturnal and cover a lot of territory every night as they search for food. So they’re used to running around in large spaces. But as pets in the home, they need to be confined to cages. It is important not to let them run around free, because they can wander into crevices, get lost, end up eating furniture or electrical wiring, or become prey for the family cat or dog. Cages are necessary for their safety. But they won’t get the exercise they need to stay healthy unless you furnish the cage with some appropriate toys. Degu wheels are perfect for this. But make sure you get solid hamster wheels (without rungs) for degus because they are safer for their tiny legs and feet.

Feeding Degus

Degus eat a wide variety of foods in the wild. They eat seeds, grasses, grains, crickets, mealworms, vegetables and fruits. So the best diet you can provide for your degus is one that approximates their natural diet as closely as possible. Even though pet stores sell degu  “treats”, you can save your money. Just use tiny portions of a food that they like. It’s healthier for them than giving them degu junk food, and they like it just a much.

Degu Illnesses

When caring for your pet degu, it’s important to be aware of their overall health. This includes being knowledgeable about their general health conditions, and being able to recognize signs of degu illnesses. A somewhat common dental problem for pet degus is and overgrowth of incisors which can injure the roof of the mouth. This condition can occur from malnutrition or injury and must be treated by a vet. Weight loss, drooling, bad breath and loss of appetite are the main symptoms to watch for. Although not technically an illness, degus are so small that their bones are quite fragile. As a result they can be easily injured is they fall, jump from heights or are dropped. Unfortunately, it is all too common for them to fall off of a table or a high surface while inside of an exercise ball and suffer broken legs or backs. There is no cure for this, and they should be taken to a vet for proper evaluation.

Degus can suffer from heat stroke when they get too hot. Symptoms to watch for are lethargy, limpness, sweat and matted fur. The proper response must be applied within 20 minutes, or the animal could die. Put the hamster immediately in a cool location with plenty of cold water available, along with cold fruits with high water content, like apples. If a degu gets too cold, it could go into hibernation, become non responsive and possibly die within 20 minutes. The correct treatment is to place the degu in a warm location, taking care not to let it overheat, and keep it warm for about 10 hours.

Bladder stones are somewhat common in degus, but they can only be treated by a vet. If you pet loses its appetite, drinks more water than usual and urinates frequently take it to a vet as soon a possible for treatment.
Tumors occur often in older females, and can sometimes be removed if they are external. But if they are internal, it’s probable that they cannot be treated due to the animals small size. Watch for odd behavior and hair loss, and take your pet to a vet for diagnosis.

Wet tail is a serious type of diarrhea that can occur as a result of stress. Bloody or watery stools are the most obvious signs. There is danger of dehydration, and the condition should be treated by a vet. Salmonellosis can be contracted from eating contaminated fruits and vegetables, and may be passed along to humans. It can be avoided by washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before feedings. Demodectic mange is a parasite that lives in the skin and hair. Although it can be treated by a vet, it may be a result of a weakened immune system due to other more serious problems. Intestinal parasites, like tapeworms or pinworms, must be treated by a vet. Take precautions when handling pet degus if you suspect these parasites, since they can be easily transmitted to humans.

Pet Degus
Degu Pets

 

 

Hamster Cage Guide

Hamsters are great animals to keep as pets and as such, it’s important to choose a great hamster cage for them to live in. If you want your hamster to live for a long time (over 3 years) then a good living environment will greatly increase their health and mental well being giving you a greater chance that they will live longer. This guide will help you choose the best habitat for your hamster as well as point out the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Habitat Size

There have been numerous studies that have proven that hamsters can become very stressed and upset when in confined conditions so you should strive to give your hamster as big a cage as possible. If you are keeping dwarf hamsters, it is also important to give them a large roomy area in order to encourage good relations and stop them feeling territorial to each other. Dwarf hamsters much prefer wide open spaces as opposed to those crittertrail habitats that have tubes and compartments.

Tank or Hamster Cage

Hamster Cages

savic hamster cage
hamster heaven cage

There are a few different options for housing your hamster, the most common is the traditional hamster cage. These types of cages are basically a plastic tray covered over with metal bars that keep your hamster from escaping. The main problems with hamster cages include the fact that if your hamster is prone to bar chewing it can be quite a noisy experience for you especially if your hamster lives in your bedroom. Another disadvantage could be a messy carpet! If you like to give your hamster a lot of substrate or bedding, it can be easy for them to start kicking out out of the cage and through the bars onto the room floor. Finally, if you want maximum visibility to see your furry friend, bar cages are not the best due to visibility obfuscation from the metal bars. Hamster cages offer maximum ventilation for air flow providing your hamster with great fresh air. It also helps ammonia caused by urine to disperse easier.

Hamster Habitats

Dedicated hamster habitats are becoming more and more popular these days. Bends such as habitrail or critter trail provide hamster compartments which can be linked up with hamster tubes. They do not represent a good home for dwarf hamsters living in pairs or small groups due to them encouraging territorial behaviour. Habitats make a great add-on compartment for a large hamster cage.

Tanks or Aquariums

Another great option for your hamster home is an old used glass fish tank or a plastic aquarium. Glass fish tanks offer superb visibility for your hamster pets however they can be very heavy to move around and difficult to clean out. A good alternative to glass is plastic. You can buy numerous small pet habitats that are made of a transparent plastic material making great visibility and ease of movement. If you are going to use a glass aquarium it is important to create a home-made tank topper made form mesh or cage bars in order to maximize airflow which is not great to start out with anyway. The price of a hamster cage can vary dramatically. You can get really good quality from brands such as Savic, or you can pay cheap prices and get very poor quality from supermarkets or from online retailers such as Amazon.

Accessories and Toys

Once you have purchased your hamster cage, it is important to furnish it with some toys and necessary accessories. Hamsters need a heavy food bowl in order to prevent them from tipping it up and soiling food. They need a water bottle (not a bowl) in order to provide them with a clean water supply daily. Hamsters love to exercises and when in the wild they can cover great distances over several miles so it is important to provide them with a hamster wheel. Hamsters teeth are constantly growing so it is important to provide them with chews in the form of wood, loofah or cardboard.

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Dwarf Hamster Care

Dwarf hamsters are captivating and clean animals to keep as pets. They have a high level of energy and are greatly entertaining. One key characteristic of these animals is the fact that they are social animals able to live together in pairs or even small groups.

Species

  1. Campbells Hamster
  2. Winter White Hamster
  3. Chinese Hamster
  4. Roborovski Hamster
roborovski
robo dwarf hamster

Dwarf Hamster Facts

  • The average size of a dwarf hamster is between 2 and 4 inches long, this depends on the species.
  • The average life span of a dwarf hamster is up to 2 to 3 years and sometimes even longer with proper care.
  • Dwarf hamsters are herbivores.

Diet

Dwarf hamsters need a well-balanced and healthy diet. You can provide this by giving them a high quality commercial hamster mix consisting of hamster pellets with limited amounts of grains. Alongside their main hamster food, you can supplement them with a few pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables every few days in order to avoid stomach upsets. Do not feed your dwarf hamsters caffeine, alcohol or chocolate as these can give serious harm to your pets. Depending on their species – Dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes, so it is prudent to keep them away from sugary treats or food.

Feeding

There are some important things to remember when feeding your dwarf hamsters. There should always be fresh food and water available to your pets. Remove fresh food that has not been eaten within 24 hours should be removed in order to prevent your pet eating rotten food. You should not feed your hamster treats that exceeds 10% of their main hamster food.

Housing

Because of their natural habitats in the wild, hamsters acclimatize well to the average household temperature so there is not much to worry about unless you live in extremely cold or hot climates. Your hamster cage should not be in a drafty area or direct sunlight.

Your hamster cage should be metal, plastic or class. It should be escape proof with a solid bottom. Your hamster should have plenty of room for exercise and it should include a hamster wheel. You should fill your hamster cage with 1 to 2 inches of hamster substrate or bedding. Proper hamster bedding includes dedicated paper based carefresh or similar, crumbled paper based bedding or wood shavings.

Dwarf hamsters are generally social animals and should be kept with company of the same species. Sometimes dwarf hamsters may fight with each other, but this is normal and is social hierarchy establishing play fighting. You have a much better chance of keeping two dwarf hamsters together in peace by choosing two litter mates. You can introduce dwarf hamsters to each other if they are young enough to make friends.

Normal Behaviour

Dwarf Hamsters are nocturnal animals and spend most of their waking hours during the night time. Sometimes hamsters can adjust their time awake to your schedule. Dwarfs are easy to handle but they move quickly, especially Roborovski hamsters which are especially quick and small. They are less likely to nip or bite than the larger Syrian Hamster. They love to chew on objects in order to maintain their teeth length. Their teeth grows continuously so it’s important to provide them with lots of wooden chews. Dog biscuits are great chews for hamsters to use their teeth on.

Cage Maintenance

Dwarf hamsters are very clean animals and will generally choose a corner of their cage in order to go to the toilet in. If you provide them with a sand bath, they will often use this as a potty especially if it is on the opposite corner to their nesting area.  The cage should be cleaned and had the substrate replaced weekly or fortnightly depending on the size of your cage.  You can clean daily if your hamster is going to the toilet it in one particular area.

Hygiene and Grooming

Dwarf Hamster are very clean animals and you should never be given water baths. Dwarf hamsters absolutely love sand baths and it helps keep their coats clean and free from grease. You can spot clean your pets with a damp wash cloth or an unscented baby wipe. You should seek advice from your veterinarian if your hamster’s nails or teeth become too long.

Health

Signs that your dwarf hamster is healthy

  • Alert, active and social
  • Eating and drinking regularly
  • Healthy clean fur and shiny clear eyes
  • Normal regular breathing and walks without a limp
  • Yellow teeth

Signs of an unhealthy dwarf hamster

  • Weight loss
  • Breathing distress
  • Dirty rear end or diarrhoea
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Loss of fur
  • Dirty rear end or diarrhoea
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Overgrown teeth
  • Breathing distress
  • Loss of fur
  • Lethargic and tired
  • Nasal or Eye discharge

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