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Friday, July 29, 2016
Exotic Nutrition is proud to announce the release of our 2016 Catalog. This catalog features 18 full-color pages of our products for Sugar Gliders, Hedgehogs, Prairie Dogs, Degus, Chinchillas, Skunks, Squirrels, Marmosets, Wild Birds, and Mealworms! It also includes a COUPON CODE valid until June 2017. Receive our new Catalog FREE with your next purchase or order the catalog on our website (free shipping).

by: Exotic Nutrition

Friday, July 1, 2016

With the excitement of the 4th of July weekend comes an abundance of stressful lights and noises caused by fireworks. While enjoyable for most of us, it is important to realize these celebrations can cause anxiety and stress for our beloved animals. Below are five tips for helping your pet get through the holiday weekend in peace.

Location. Location. Location. If your animal’s cage is in an open room, consider moving the cage to a more closed off area, away from windows. Cover the cage with a cage cover or blanket to help block out some of the noise and light.

Shake A Tail (Feather). Try distracting your pet from all the commotion with a fun new treat to chew on or engaging toy to play with. Small animals can find much amusement by foraging for a tasty treat…plus it gives them something to focus on besides the fireworks.

Turn it up. While fireworks and other commotions can be causing stress for your pet, there are sounds that can actually help relax them. Try playing calming music or using the TV to drown out outside noises. Even using your own voice to talk to your pet can be soothing for them. 

Recruit some help. Let our products be the saving point this holiday weekend. Pouches, nesting boxes, and many other shelters provide the safety and comfort your pet desires. Visit our website to explore the many options we offer to supply your pet with only the best care possible!

by: Exotic Nutrition

Monday, June 27, 2016
Exotic Nutrition Company, which specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of exotic mammal feeds, supplements, and accessories, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the Exotic Nutrition website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

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Exotic Nutrition has been selected for the 2016 Best of Newport News Award in the Dietitians category. 

Ensuring the health and well being of your captive exotic pet is our main concern. Our company stands behind the products that we manufacture, and continuously monitors quality and freshness to offer you the highest quality foods, supplements, and accessories for exotics pets worldwide. 

Thank you to the Newport News Award Program for recognizing this; see the full press release HERE.

by: Exotic Nutrition

Monday, May 30, 2016
Besides researching the legality of keeping a Sugar Glider as a pet in your state and preparing for its arrival home, there are other considerations. The first consideration is where to get one and from what source. We at Exotic Nutrition encourage all exotic pet owners to buy from sellers or pet stores who breed rather than sources who sell animals straight from the wild. There are plenty of domestically bred Sugar Gliders in the U.S. looking for a good home and we do not encourage removing healthy ones from the wild to be held captive. A domestically bred Sugar Glider will be more tame around humans and able to adjust to life as a pet. It is important to realize there are also many rescue sugar gliders looking for a home. 

To find a Sugar Glider for sale, check local pet stores in your surrounding area; big-box stores are unlikely to carry exotics. There are also many breeders that can be found and contacted online. Simply search the web or ask other glider owners in your area. If you are buying a glider that needs to be shipped to you, extra precaution is advised as you will not be able to examine the glider and its living situation before it arrives to you.

Before purchasing a glider, inspect its habitat well and ask yourself (and the seller) these questions: Is the cage kept clean & tidy? Water dishes should be clean and full. Food dishes should be clear of any old, caked on food. Feces around the cage should be very limited. A musky smell from the gliders is okay, but it should not smell filthy. Does the glider look acclimated to be around and handled by humans? Sugar Gliders sometimes bite, but should rarely do so if they are domestically raised and regularly handled. They may be shy at first around someone they aren’t imprinted on, but they should not act vicious. Is the seller a well-informed, experienced breeder? They should be able to describe the glider’s current age, lifestyle and diet. They should also be able to convey accurate information about the habitat, handling, bonding, vet information, emergency care, etc.

The second and possibly most important aspect to consider is the gliders health. While the quality of the habitat is a good starting condition, it is also important to inspect the gliders physical features. The eyes should be clear and round, the ears erect, and fur smooth & silky. If the glider is a sexual mature male, it may have a small mark or bald patch on the top of his head where his scent gland is. A healthy glider should appear alert and move freely about the cage.

The third consideration when choosing a glider is what sex and of what age do you want to purchase it. If you are looking for a baby Sugar Glider, consider one that is at least 12-16 weeks old. A fully mature glider will be around 10 months of age. While age does not necessarily affect how well the glider will imprint on you, a glider that is held-often and raised by humans is likely to be more docile as a pet. You may ask yourself, do I plan to get a male or female glider? Males can be more temperamental, especially around others males. It is not recommended to put more than one male with only one female. You should also ask yourself, do I plan to have my glider(s) neutered/spayed? If you are purchasing a male and would like to prevent the appearance (and smell) of scent glands, you will need to have him neutered before he reaches sexual maturity.

Overall, follow your instinct when choosing a glider and act in the animals' best interest. If it looks like it's all about money and less about the animals’ well-being, go elsewhere. For more FREE information on Sugar Glider care, visit our website:

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Exotic Nutrition is proud to announce that our very own Silent Runner wheel has been chosen to receive the Pet Product News 2016 Editors' Choice Award. Silent Runners are the only wheel with dual stainless steel ball-bearing technology and axle-free design that prevents tail/fur entanglement for your pet. For more information on Silent Runners click here. Be a WINNER and get your pet their own Silent Runner wheel TODAY!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

It is important to provide your chinchilla with opportunities to exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. Chinchillas are athletic animals native to the mountains of South America, so they are designed to run quickly and jump to and from different rock levels. While this type of mobile environment may be difficult to replicate at home, Exotic Nutrition offers the best products to promote exercise for your Chinchilla.

It is essential to have a well-equip cage in order to promote good health and a sense of security for your Chinchilla – which leads to a longer lifespan. The minimal cage requirement for a Chinchilla is 24 inches cubed, but taller cages like Exotic Nutrition’s Tower Cage or Congo Cage are recommended. If your cage does not meet the minimal cage requirements, everyday playtime outside the cage is necessary for your Chinchilla’s health and well-being. All Chinchilla cages should have an exercise wheel, some toys and accessories, and enough room for free space. Running on an exercise wheel provides animals with some of the same health benefits of running in the wild while also helping to fight respiratory infections. Having an exercise wheel that is chew-proof and non-enclosed is mandatory for the safety of your Chinchilla. Exotic Nutrition offers the most durable, all-metal flying saucer-styled wheel in the industry, the Treadmill Wheel. Cage accessories, like houses and tunnels, can stimulate interest for Chinchillas while provoking vigorous activity. Exotic Nutrition’s Large Oval Hut or Corn &Straw Tunnel encourage cardiovascular exercise that help keep a Chinchilla bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Some examples of toys and accessories to provide for your Chinchilla are Exotic Nutrition’s VeggieBasket, Pet Play Balls, or a Sandy Trimmer Tunnel. Make sure that all houses and tunnels have two or more entries/exits to ensure your Chinchilla feels safe and can explore with their natural curiosity.

Following these simple suggestions, you can be a successful pet owner and provide your Chinchilla with a life full of activity. To see more of our products and for more FREE information on caring for Chinchillas, visit our website at:

by: Exotic Nutrition