For Small Animals, it’s the Little Things That Matter Most
It’s estimated people in the U.S. will spend $69.36 billion for their pets. If it continues to grow at the same rate, it could be $76.6 Billion in 2021, a 10.4% increase!
Whenever you hear about people having pets, you always assume they are talking about dogs and cats, but there’s more than just that. I’m talking about the unsung heroes that live in kids’ bedrooms, classrooms, and the pets that can have a home in almost any home. Hamsters, rabbits, Guinea pigs, fish and birds are the often overlooked but have a great market potential. According to Technavio, market research analysis predicts the global aquarium accessories market to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% over the forecast period (2020). Also, according to APPA (American Pet Products Association), you can see that even though cats and dogs somewhat dominate the market, there is still a lot to be made from small animals, birds, and especially fresh water fish.
Below we have collected some of the biggest trends for small animals, fish and birds whether it is where they live or what they play with!
Small Animal Cages:
When it comes to most small animal cages, there are the very basic models that consists of just a metal cage and a floor and then there are the luxurious models that have stairs to multiple stories with different toys on each floor. According to hamstercageguide.com, there are five important characteristics when it comes to buying a cage: Size, Material, Safety, Bar Space and Cleaning. They also recommend that a cage for hamsters should at least be a minimum of 360 sq. inches with small gaps between the metal or plastic bars to prevent limbs from getting stuck and it should be easy to clean.
Niteangel Small Animal Habitat
Durable design and powder coated wire cage. Ready to assemble cage, no tools required. Easy cleaning and removable.
Acrylic Hamster Playhouse
It is portable, easy to unlock and clean. Your pet can run, climb and play in this activity fun zone. The habitat that provides everything you need for safely housing a small animal. It is suitable for hamsters, dwarf hamsters, mice and gerbils.
Small Animal Toys:
When it comes to small animal toys, there are three main categories: mazes, chewing toys and the classic hamster ball. Most mazes consist of some hallways tied into a few ‘hideaway’ cubes and these typically fit inside of their cages. Chewing toys can actually be really healthy for small animals, especially hamsters because it allows the animal’s teeth to stay trimmed. Finally, you have the classic hamster ball. These allow the hamster to roam around your house relatively safely and have fun while doing it!
Kaytee Puzzle 5.37 x 2.12-Inch Playground
Puzzle Playgrounds, the expandable, connectable jungle gym for hamsters, gerbils, and pet mice. Whatever the configuration, these snap-lock plastic components provide a unique concept in expandable small animal accessories. Fun for small pets and an educational challenge for pet owners of all ages.
Interpet Limited Superpet Nut Knot Knibbler Wooden Toy
Kaytee Medium Nut Knot Nibbler is a colorful play toy for small animals that is safe to chew. Your pet will have hours of fun chewing and gnawing to get to the nut treat that is trapped in the center. 100-Percent natural wood has safe vegetable dye coloring.
Kaytee Dwarf Hamster Mini Run-About Exercise Ball
Specially designed to make exercise easy for dwarf hamsters and mice, these perfectly sized Run-about balls allow tiny pets to maneuver with greater ease. The clear mini Run-about balls provide pets and pet owners with interactive fun during playtime. Mini Run-about balls also make a great temporary area to keep your little critter while you are cleaning their cage. For added safety, use your mini Run-about ball on Kaytee Hamtrac and provide your pet with a controlled exercise environment.
There are two main types of bird cages on the market, free standing bird cages and bird cages that you set up on top of a table. Most high-end bird cages also include a play area on top of the cage. According to Best Reviews, the Vision Bird Cage is considered to be the ‘Best Bang for your Buck’. It is a clear plastic and metal cage that sits on top of a table and generally suitable for one bird. On the other side there is a cage that is made by Yaheetech. It is a standalone cage that is very large, has a play area on top and considered ‘The Best of the Best’ by Best Reviews.
Vision Bird Cage Model S01 – Small
The Vision Small Bird Cage #S01 is a suitable cage for budgies, canaries, lovebirds and finches. It provides your bird with lots of room to move around and Vision makes it easy for you to take care of your bird. Bird movements cause air currents, which flow outwards, and in the case of most standard bird cages these air currents eject waste and seed debris outside of the cage and onto the floor. With Vision Cages, the combination of the debris guard, the deep base and the placement of the seed/water cups helps combat air currents to keep the majority of the waste and debris inside the cage. This reduces the amount of mess and time-consuming clean ups, leaving you more time to enjoy your pet. The Vision Small Bird Cage is a great home for your new bird.
Yaheetech Pet Bird Cage Play Top Parrot Cockatiel Cockatoo Parakeet Finches
This product is durable wrought iron construction enhanced by a non-toxic powder-coated finish. Inside the cage, there’re three stainless steel cups and a perch, large front door and a door lock. The bird cage makes the perfect home for multiple parakeets, canaries or finches. Bottom drawer slides out for convenient cleaning
Birds also need more to entertain themselves than just a play area on top of a cage. According to Doctor Foster and Smith, the best bird toys aren’t just the ones that are fun, but the ones that have 6 key characteristics: texture, color, taste, sizes, sounds, and challenges. You also have to keep in mind that birds like to chew things, so the toy shouldn’t fall apart and break after time. They recommend that you have an arrangement of toys that are treat toys, educational toys and toys for them to swing on and to rotate between them so the bird doesn’t get bored with them.
Develop body and mind with this versatile bird enrichment toy. With a little creativity, the Buffet Ball can be a different toy every day. Fill polycarbonate Buffet Ball with small treats, shreddables, pellets or anything that tempts your bird. Place on the floor of play gyms or any flat surface where your bird is allowed to play and watch your bird enjoy hours of foraging fun.
Teach Box & Bank Bird Toy
Parrots love to grab objects from your hand. This bird toy teaches your bird to grab and drop acrylic coins, on command, into this toy’s slotted acrylic bank. Box doubles as a training platform when interacting with your bird. Includes full training instructions and 28 acrylic pieces (discs and shapes in different sizes). Some shapes fit inside the slots and some do not. White box, assorted shapes and colors.
Regular Activity Wall by Super Bird
Fun-to-chew seagrass grid is a launching pad for your bird’s playtime shenanigans. Watch her climb the various seagrass rungs and chew the multitude of textures, all while enjoying the variety of visually stimulating colors. Activity Wall is made of seagrass, vine chains, paper donuts, wood and plastic toy pieces, and shoelace. This toy is sure to extend your bird’s playtime entertainment and shreddiing satisfaction. Safe and nontoxic. Ideal for conures and similar-sized birds. 14″ x 3″ x 12″ high.
Finally, Freshwater Fish are one of the most underrated pet markets. There are about 139.3 million freshwater fish living in about 12.5 million different homes across just the United States. Depending on what type of fish and how many fish you have will determine what kind of tank will suit you best. According to Aquarium Advisor, when trying to buy a tank there are 5 main things you need to focus on: the cost and fish type, tank size, filtration equipment whether it is built in or an add on, fish tank lights and fish tank construction. Here are two different designs that are both highly rated for their specific style and function.
Coralife Biocube, Size 29
The newly refined Coralife BioCube boasts key features and improvements to overall function and performance. In addition, the new design remains compatible with all existing BioCube accessories. Tank size is 20×20.75×18.75 with a net volume of 23.5 gallons and is made of glass.
SeaClear 50 gal Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set
No one can match the quality of SeaClear’s virtually invisible seams, which are backed up by the industry’s most extensive warranty. For the discerning aquarist for whom nothing but the best will do, SeaClear can make even the most extreme aquatic dreams come true. Product Features: *Combo means: the aquarium, reflector and electrical 24″ light fixture are all included * Acrylic is clearer than glass fish tanks * Acrylic is 17 times Stronger than Glass * Weighs half the weight than glass * More Impact Resistant making it less prone to chipping or cracking than glass, making it safer around children and pets * Safe for Salt and Freshwater * This SeaClear Aquarium is beautiful and you won’t believe how your fish and decorations will pop when viewing your aquarium.