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INSIDE COLUMNS
2008 Annual Critters USA
Critters USA 2008 Annual

1 | From The Editor
BY MARYLOU ZARBOCK
More and more people welcome pets into their home every year...

4 | Lessons In Litter Training
Use these tips to successfully litter-train your rabbit.
BY LORRAINE ARCHER

14 | 10 Things Every Guinea Pig Owner Should Know
Test your guinea pig knowledge with these 10 care tips.
BY ANNE FAWCETT, BA (HONS), BSC (VET), BVSC (HONS), CMAVA

24 | Fabulous Ferret Care
First-time ferret owners can use these tips to give their pet the best of care.
BY ERIKA MATULICH, PH.D.

32 | The Hamster Decoded
We’ve got the answers to the most common care and behavior questions.
BY GERRY BUCSIS & BARBARA SOMERVILLE

40 | Danger Defused
Make your home a safe haven for your chinchilla.
BY SALLY BLACKE

60 | Rats At Play
Make free-roam time exciting with these simple games.
BY BRENDA STOKES

SPECIAL CHILDREN’S SECTION

48 | Child To Child
Youngsters advise others their age about what it takes to own a small-animal pet.
BY CRYSTAL APILADO

54 | Between The Pages
Next time you’re at the library or store, check out one of these books starring your favorite critter.
BY CRYSTAL APILADO

57 | 2008 Critter Calendar
Whether official or unofficial, these pet observance events can help you celebrate your favorite small animal.
BY CRYSTAL APILADO

58 | Critter Fun For You
Test your small-animal knowledge with these puzzles and facts.
BY CRYSTAL APILADO

68 | Breakthroughs For Health
Amazing veterinary advances are prolonging the lives of small, exotic mammals.
BY AUDREY PAVIA

76 | The Achoo Factor
Although rats, hamsters, guinea pigs and similar pets are small, this doesn’t mean that people can’t be allergic to them.
BY JENNIFER MONS MCLAUGHLIN

82 | A Mouse In The House
Discover how to keep your mouse healthy, happy and comfortable.
BY SHARON VANDERLIP, DVM

90 | All About Land Hermit Crabs
We dig up the truth on this popular but misunderstood pet.
BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ

98 | Products Galore!
Check out the latest products for all types of critters.

106 | The Critters USA 2008 Photo Contest
Many great photos were submitted. See which came out the winners.

112 | Directory of Critter Resources
Associations, Clubs, Rescues, Shelters and Contacts

120 | Directory of Critter Veterinarians

136 | Gallery of Species

140 | Classifieds

143 | Ad Index

144 | The Final Page
A quote to live by.

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