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Designing a Small Animal House

 Thinking of vamping up your little pet’s housing situation? Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as it may sound. A small housing facility can suffice, if the right one is chosen. The most basic elements you should put into consideration include the intended use, the available resources, and the local environmental conditions.

With such factors in mind, designing the facility is easier than it has ever been. However, it is important is to observe the basic requirements that apply to virtually all forms of housing with an agreeable physical environment and heightened care for animals.

Basic requirements

An agreeable physical environment simply means an area with a combination of harmonious factors ideal for healthy living. The house is warm, dry, odour-free, ventilated, sufficiently lit, and clean. It is equally important to adjust the necessary factors depending on the time of the day. For example, while lighting is intense during the day, the house should be adequately dark at night to ensure your animal is entitled to a great sleep.

Is it comfortable?

The facility requires you to establish regular access to both ‘toilet’ areas and water. Regardless of how trivial this may appear, it helps in gratifying the animal. Even better, coupling this with appropriate feeding and companionship sees your animal enjoy the healthy mental stimulation. Generally, a good animal housing promotes the welfare of pets. You simply have to honor the ‘Five Freedoms’, which include:

  • Freedom from thirst and hunger
  • Freedom from injury, pain and disease
  • Freedom from noise, stress and fear
  • Freedom to manifest normal behavior
  • Freedom to comfort

Comfort, Security and Engagement

A big animal house does not necessarily boost the pet’s satisfaction. Contentment and relaxation of an animal are components of comfortable and secure housing. Despite the small size, animals easily adapt to new housing situations, especially when the environment is conducive.

In the first days, make sure the animal masters the different sites, particularly their toilet areas. The two areas should be raised and away from each other. Again, ensure that the house is not liable for accidental injury, whether abrasive surfaces, sharp edges or hazardous substances from cleaning/bleaching agents.

Pay attention to your animal and its mind, engaging it significantly. Do not let boredom and anxiety come in between you and your animal. Whether the small animal housing is purchased or customised, the sole aim is to ensure that it facilitates a conducive internal and external environment.