This can help rodents in the fall
Do the animals notice that it is autumn?
Yes, we are convinced that rodents and rabbits notice this. We see it happening and the animals not only see it, but also feel it. For example, the days are getting shorter. That is a first trigger for the animals that change is in the air. In addition, it is getting colder, both outside and at home.
The fur coat is being made
Some rodents such as the Russian Dwarf Hamster prepare very well for winter and that starts in the fall. As soon as these animals notice that the days are getting shorter because, for example, they are in a room that is not lit at night, their body receives a signal that a winter coat must be produced. Did you know that the males become sterile when they get a winter coat?
How do rodents prepare for winter during the fall?
The bunnies that stay outside start with the production of the winter coat to keep warm in the winter and the Syrian Hamsters should not notice that it is winter, otherwise it can go into hibernation.
At Ratjes we can notice that they lie together more and longer in a warm hammock or snuggle up together in a cozy house. Rats are real heat lovers. Besides being social animals, they keep warm together, which is why it is very important to keep these animals together. Just like with Mice, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Bunnies, Chinchillas and Degus.
Can we lend the animals a hand in the fall?
Yes you can! Each animal, of course, in its own way. In the overview below we have highlighted some winter products that can help you get through the winter. We also briefly discuss them one by one to explain their use and purpose.
1. Resistance: If the resistance is already supported in the autumn by, for example, herbs or vitamins, it will remain better during the winter and the animals will feel better about themselves. A good multi vitamin can help with this, it does not have to be given all year round. Offering during the autumn months ensures a good vitamin build-up that supports the body during the winter months.
2. Herbs: Can provide excellent support for the resistance. The number 1 herb when it comes to resistance is of course Echinacea ! Of course, we can't forget Parsley . This small but powerful plant stimulates the kidneys to remove waste products from the body and the less waste products in the body, the less the body is taxed and therefore more energy is left for building up the resistance. If animals are short of breath or have problems with the respiratory system, Thyme can have a very good supporting effect.
3. Vegetables: Healthy and complete nutrition is of course very important. In addition, these vegetables increase resistance. Already in autumn you can start feeding: celeriac , parsnips , parsley root or beetroot so that the coat can start building.