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9 Must-Have Habitats to House Pocket Pets

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Give your critters a happier, healthier home.

Mice, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, oh my! Since small furry pets were not created equal, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to providing them with a comfortable home. Unless you are a retailer that specializes in pocket pets, it can be tricky to know how many different cages to carry. With that in mind, we’ve selected a few key products that will help you narrow down the choices and selection. 

Right Sizing

When helping your customers choose a habitat, it’s important to recommend the right fit for the type of animal. For instance, small hamsters and mice can squeeze through the gaps in wire cages designed for guinea pigs and rabbits. Customers should also consider the number of pets they will be housing. Even if they are starting with one, they may want to add a few more down the road, and it’s better to have more room than close quarters!

CritterHome 
Kaytee

KEY FEATURES: This colorful home is available in two sizes and is best suited for rabbits and guinea pigs. Front and top access doors, and deep base. Comes with food dish and water bottle.

SALES TIP: Let your customers know about Kaytee’s $20 mail-in rebate with the purchase of a CritterHome and Kaytee Guinea Pig or Rabbit food and Kaytee Clean & Cozy Bedding.

kaytee.com, (800) 529-8331

$99.95 – $129.95

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Bunny Villa 
KW Cages

KEY FEATURES: Made in the USA, powder-coated steel construction on caster wheels. Double decker, with extra room for bunny or guinea pig to move around.

SALES TIP: Point out the finishing touches such as carpeted ramp and “terra cotta” laminate flooring, so your customers will see this is more than a typical cage.

kwcages.com, (800) 447-2243

$299.50


Deluxe Critter Cage 
Prevue Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: Made in USA. Spacious multi-level cage has tight wire spacing appropriate for many small animals, especially active ones like ferrets, rats, and sugar gliders. Comes with platforms, ramps and hammock to create four levels.

SALES TIP: Highlight the details that make the pet parent’s life easier, such as the cage is mounted on casters, which makes it easy to move around, and there’s storage room underneath for food, treats and other supplies.

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prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$299.99


Mod Squad

Part of the fun of small pet ownership is being able to add personal touches to make their house a home. The modular, modern habitats featured here are eye-catching, colorful, appealing to your customers who have an eye for design or appreciate a unique look. And better yet, they are customizable, with a full line of additional accessories such as tunnels, ramps, wheels and hideaways, giving your customers more reasons to come back.

OVO Dwarf Hamster Habitat 
Habitrail (Hagen)

KEY FEATURES: Part of the top-selling OVO line, this home is designed specifically for smaller hamsters and mice. Includes food dish, exercise wheel, water bottle. Clear tubes make for easy viewing.

SALES TIP: Point out that this modern look also meets small rodents’ natural desires to tunnel, with a result that’s pleasing for pets as well owners who have an eye for design.

habitrail.com, (800) 353-3444

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$40


CritterTrail LED Lighted Habitat 
Kaytee

KEY FEATURES: Highlight of this award-winning design is the two “Bubble Plugs,” battery-powered LED lights. The habitat also features expandable ports compatible with CritterTrail accessories, and comes with water bottle, exercise wheel and food dish.

SALES TIP: Set up a demo cage to show off the nighttime red light, which will allow pet parents a glimpse of what their gerbil is really getting into after hours.

kaytee.com, (800) 529-8331

$39.95


Critter Universe Ava Tower
Ware Manufacturing

KEY FEATURES: Three-level design that stimulates burrowing instinct. Compatible with line of Critter Universe cages and accessories. Comes with cube hideouts, water bottle and bowl.

SALES TIP: Your customers can connect multiple habitats and give their pets more legroom than first class.

waremfginc.com, (602) 257-8803

$43


Kid-friendly

Since hamsters, gerbils and mice are perfect first pets for children, it makes sense to carry some cages that appeal to youngsters (and their parents). Here are some starter homes, pet-tested and popular with people of all ages. Add some accessories, food and bedding to create your own kits, for an easier sell.

3-Level Hamster Cage
Iris USA

KEY FEATURES: Sized for a single hamster, this tri-level home has a plastic front and wire sides for good air circulation.

SALES TIP: Point out the cute and colorful background, which pairs perfectly with a kid’s bedroom.

irisusainc.com, (800) 320-4747

$54.99


Hamster Haven
Prevue Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: Colorful tri-level cage, available in an assortment of base and component combinations. Comes with platforms, ramps, hideaway dome and exercise wheel.

SALES TIP: Newly redesigned retail-ready packaging is available in English, French and Spanish, making it easier to sell to customers in diverse markets.

prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$49.99


Pink Princess Castle
Penn Plax

KEY FEATURES: Lives up to its name, with plenty of accoutrements. Multi-level home has “cellar” to replicate underground. Comes in two- or three-level sizes.

SALES TIP: If a man’s home is his castle, then a girl’s pet hamster’s home is a princess castle. Set these out at eye-level for pint-sized customers to grab their attention.

penn-plax.com, (866) 625-2385

$39.99/$69.99


This article originally appeared in the February 2018 edition of PETS+. 

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8 Styles in Dogwear — From Buzz Lightyear to a Cozy Sweater

Know what to stock and make them available.

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THE NATIONAL RETAIL Federation confirms the trend: More than 31 million Americans have an itch to dress up their pets for Halloween — and that’s just one day of the year! When you’re stocking dog clothing, look for daily wear and special event clothes, plus lots of sizes so there’s something for everyone.

Wonderful Coat

Parisian Pet

KEY FEATURES: The modern design features a faux-fur trim on bright red and light gray tones — a striking contrast to make the coat truly stand out.

SALES TIP: Pretty and practical, this coat is both a fashion statement and cozy.

parisianpet.com, (305) 463-7151

$29.99

Fashion Pet Plaid Reversible Coat

Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: This machine-washable coat features imitation tortoise shell toggle buttons and a hook-and-loop fastener belly band.

SALES TIP: It’s a BOGO — this navy plaid fleece reverses to an all-black version.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$39.59

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Long Sleeve Tees

Paco & Lucia

KEY FEATURES: Peruvian pima cotton T-shirts made of expensive fabric and thoughtful details like contrast stitching.

SALES TIP: Crossover artists: These precious pieces are made by seamstresses experienced in making luxury baby clothes.

pacoandlucia.com, (917) 447-4313

$39

Cookie Monster Costume

Pet Krewe

KEY FEATURES: A plush, bright blue costume of Sesame Street’s foremost food reviewer. It’s easy to get on and off, and good for pets who don’t really like dressing up.

SALES TIP: An Instagram-able “walking costume” where the dog looks like he’s carrying cookies.

petkrewe.com, (504) 458-8911

$24.99

Buzz Lightyear

Rubie’s Costume Company

KEY FEATURES: This officially licensed Buzz Lightyear costume shines with light-up wings, an easy to adjust chest piece and a flexible doggie helmet.

SALES TIP: Stock up for June 21, when the highly anticipated TOY STORY 4 hits big screens.

rubies.com, (516) 326-1500

$24.99

The Bood & The Snood

Ruffina NYC

KEY FEATURES: The Bood is a pullover coat for the body, cut in different styles for male and female dogs, and the Snood is a button-on scarf to keep everybody’s neck warm.

SALES TIP: A two-piece for pets — sell them as a set or mix and match complementary color combinations.

ruuffina.nyc, (917) 499-7888

bood-$40; Snood-$25

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Stumptown Jacket

Ruffwear

KEY FEATURES: A fashionable quilted coat with side-release buckles, reflective trim and a leash portal so it can be worn over a harness.

SALES TIP: An insulated jacket that provides cozy warmth for pups who like cold-weather adventures.

ruffwear.com, (888) 783-3932

$64.95

Jackson Elk Sweater

PetRageous

KEY FEATURES: A light gray sweater accented with a darker gray collar and trim, and set off by the main feature, an elk head silhouette.

SALES TIP: This woodsy design looks high-end but it’s made of wash-and-go material.

petrageousdesigns.com, (800) 893-9893

$17.99

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Fix Up Your Reptile’s Digs with These 8 Products

Set the right scene — and provide comfortable digs — for your reptile friends.

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IN REPTILE HABITATS, pet owners get to use their imaginations. Building micro-studies of rainforests and river bottoms lets people design imaginary ecosystems and innovative environments. Stock up on reptile habitats and accessories designed to keep the dream alive. If you’re building a fantasy rainforest, why spoil it with a metal bowl?

Rainforest Terrarium

Exo Terra / Hagen

KEY FEATURES: An extra-tall glass terrarium with secure, swinging front doors and a fully ventilated top.

SALES TIP: Ideal for tree-dwellers — think boas, tree frogs and leaf-tailed geckos.

exo-terra.com, (800) 724-2436

$159.99

Flexible Climbing Vine

Penn-Plax

KEY FEATURES: A 5-foot stretch of flexible, bendable climbing vine can be used to fill in the gaps between plants and substrate.

SALES TIP: Keep things interesting — this natural-looking climber vine can be bent to create hiding spots and climbing areas.

penn-plax.com, (866) 625-2385

$6

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Bamboo Hide

Galapagos

KEY FEATURES: This 18-inch habitat hideaway is made of real, natural bamboo. When it’s filled with moist moss, the water is slowly released to boost humidity levels in a terrarium.

SALES TIP: Doubles as a tool for egg incubation, tarantula hide and even growing live plants.

galapagosreptilegear.com, (805) 450-6115

$19.99

ReptoHeat

Tetrafauna

KEY FEATURES: A dual temperature basking heater is designed with a microcomputer inside to control basking temperature with accuracy.

SALES TIP: Power up and save, as it’s the most efficient source of basking heat on the market.

tetra-fish.com, (800) 526-0650

$98.99

Naturalistic Terrarium Tropical Kit

ZooMed

KEY FEATURES: An all-in-one terrarium that’s good for beginners and takes up just a little space at 12 by 12 by 18 inches.

SALES TIP: A starter pack to add a little bit of the jungle to your life: day and nighttime lamps, substrates, moss, plants and a how-to guide.

zoomed.com, (888) 496-6633

$109.99

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Wetlands Bowl

T-Rex

KEY FEATURES: A water bowl that’s truly natural — it’s made from half a coconut. Good for non-sterile environments, and particularly good for dart frog setups.

SALES TIP: A multipurpose accessory, you can recommend it as a water dish or seed it to grow moss and plants.

reptilesupplyco.com, (800) 750-9065

$4.49

Bow Front-Opening Terrarium

Zilla

KEY FEATURES: Bowed front doors give extra dimension to this terrarium, which includes a realistic tree background, removable doors and inserts to maintain humidity.

SALES TIP: The bowed glass lends a new depth to this style of reptile keeping.

zillarules.com, (888) 255-4527

$149.99

Black Terrarium Sand

Reptile Sciences

KEY FEATURES: A rich, 100 percent digestible calcium carbonate that also neutralizes odor.

SALES TIP: Reptile patterns pop on this inky background, and it’s versatile — works for snakes, reptiles, turtles and dragons.

reptilesciences.com, (954) 492-8196

$14.99

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8 Habitats and Accessories for Small Animals

Exciting homes for the little furballs.

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SMALL ANIMAL OWNERS want some excitement in the aisle, so give them style options to browse. Stock high-end cages that blend into the home décor, plus cages that play with colorful designs, design-forward architecture and lighting effects. Set up a display model and fill it with related accessories like colorful habitat fillers and hides within the larger space, and point out hidden surprises like extra deep debris trays.

Care Fresh Small Pet Bedding
Healthy Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made from scratch, this ultra-absorbent fluff provides the softest, driest, most comfortable home for small pets.

SALES TIP: Add a cheerful pop of color to any small pet’s home with Tutti Frutti or Blue Paradise options.

healthy-pet.com, (800) 242-2287

$16.99

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Guinea Habitat Plus
MidWest Homes for Pets

KEY FEATURES: In just 15 pounds, this guinea pig cage offers 8 square feet of play space, plus more than a foot of ceiling space.

SALES TIP: Using special lock-in-place ramps, doors and divider panels, customers can customize the space for their pets’ needs.

midwesthomes4pets.com, (800) 428-8560

$61.99

3-Level Hamster Cage
Iris USA

KEY FEATURES: Hamsters get three levels of space in this compact housing unit that features a see-through front and wire sides to keep air flowing.

SALES TIP: ¡Claro! Pet parents will appreciate transparency of this colorful habitat.

irisusainc.com, (800) 320-4747

$54.99

Park Ave Indoor Hutch for Rabbit and Small Animals
New Age Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made with an eco-friendly and durable composite material, this habitat is nontoxic, nonabsorbent and easy to clean.

SALES TIP: A chic look in a snap — this requires no maintenance and can be assembled in minutes.

newagepet.com, (510) 887-5976

$299.99

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Grass Feeder Hut
Prevue Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: A grass and treat holder with ventilated slots and a wide corner entry opening that accommodates most small animals, from rabbits to rats.

SALES TIP: The unvarnished look gives a shabby chic look to this furniture that encourages playing, hiding, snoozing and nibbling.

prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$29.99

CritterTrail LED Color Changing Habitat
Kaytee

KEY FEATURES: The eye-popping habitat includes a color-changing LED and five color settings: nocturnal red, pink, green, purple and yellow.

SALES TIP: Super fun and super safe, this cage features narrow wire spacing and side lock latches, with secure openings on top and in the front.

kaytee.com, (800) 529-8331

$59.95

Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout
Ware Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout from is a little nook of a getaway for small animals, easy to wipe down and keep clean.

SALES TIP: A versatile piece, you can keep it inside a cage as a play place, or use it for outside the cage activities.

warepet.com, (602) 257-8803

$8.99

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Living World Deluxe Habitat
Hagen

KEY FEATURES: Elegantly styled with an arcing red wire top, this hybrid cage has an upper wire frame and a plastic bottom base, with interior hiding spots for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.

SALES TIP: Get that quality time in: This habitat features a balcony where pets and people can play around.

hagen.com, (800) 554-2436

$99.99

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