The Complete Guide to Buying Pet Supplies on eBay

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The Complete Guide to Buying Pet Supplies on eBay

Many people keep pets to provide companionship, and a wide range of pet supplies are available to meet the needs and desires of many different types of pets. The needs of different pets can vary greatly; they may require specially designed, heated habitats, or have very specific dietary requirements. Supplies for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small mammals and many other types of pet can all be found on eBay.

Supplies for Dogs

Dogs make very popular pets, and can require a great deal of attention to keep happy and healthy. There are a number of key supplies that a dog owner should not do without.

Dog food is an essential supply for keeping a dog, and different types are available to suit the needs of different dogs, and can include different meats as well as vitamins and other supplements. It is also possible to buy food specially made for dogs of different ages.

Dog treats and chews can be useful in rewarding a dog when trying to train it, while chews are also available which can improve and maintain the dental health of a dog.

Dog collars are an essential item, and should be matched to the size and weight of the dog. Larger, heavier collars can make smaller dogs uncomfortable, while smaller collars on larger dogs and hurt them and restrict their movement. A wide range of tags, often made of long lasting and durable metal, which can help to identify a dog.

Harnesses are also available which can be useful for larger dogs. Different leads, including retractable modes, can also be found.

Toys are also available for dogs, and are often made of hard rubber or latex. These can be a good way to keep a dog occupied and happy, and it is important to ensure that a toy is not too big for the dog to get a grip on, or small enough for the dog to swallow.

Dog beds provide dogs with a comfortable place to sleep, and are available in many different sizes.

Supplies for Cats

Cats are another popular type of pet. Smaller and often more independent than dogs, cats have their own set of needs which must be met.

Cans or bags of cat food are available, and are formulated to meet the specific dietary needs of cats. Cats are exclusively carnivores, and cat foods contain different meats, and will contain a good balance of protein and vitamins. Kittens have different requirements to older cats, and foods are available to meet these needs.

A wide range of toys are available for cats. Swinging and bouncing toys are a popular choice, as they appeal to the hunting instincts of cats. Soft toys are also available, often shaped like mice. Some are even remote control, to give the cat the opportunity to chase.

Cat collars can hold tags to help identify the cat, and are available in various sizes and materials. Cat collars often feature elastic parts, which are important as they can allow a cat to wriggle out from being caught on objects without the risk of accidental strangulation.

Cat scratchers are another popular item for cats, helping them maintain their claws and keeping them occupied and entertained. These items can range from simple scratching posts to elaborate activity centres.  

Beds are also available for cats, and are available in a range of sizes.

Cat Flaps are also available which allow a cat to independently move in and out of the house. These can range from simple flaps, to those which include a tag for the cat to wear, and only unlock when this tag is detected.

Fish Supplies

Fish are another popular pet, particularly among those with limited space.

Fish bowls and tanks are a key piece of equipment for keeping fish. The size of the fish tank should be matched to the size of fish, as well as the number of fish, which the tank is intended for. Plastic tanks are available, which are often lighter and more resistant to damage than heavier glass tanks which are often considered to be better looking and of a higher quality. Tanks are also available in range of different shapes.

Fish food is also a necessity for keeping fish, and specific types of food can be suitable for different types of fish. Flake food is perhaps the most commonly used type of fish food, and suited to smaller fish while pellet food is often used for larger fish.

Filtration systems can be important, helping to keep the water aerated and preventing build up of algae and dirt.

A wide range of decorations and live plants are available which can help recreate a fish's natural habitat, and make a tank more interesting to look at.

Tropical fish can have further specific requirements, and may require specific food and equipment such as heaters.

Supplies for Birds

Birds are another popular pet, and a variety of supplies are available to help keep a bird.

Feeders provide a convenient and easy way to store and provide food for a bird. Dishes, cages and other types of feeder are available.

Feed and seed are essential for keeping a bird, and many different types of feed are available, which can be suitable for many different types of bird.

Cages provide a safe and secure place to keep a bird, and numerous different sizes and shapes are available. The right sized cage should be matched to the right size of bird, in order to keep the bird comfortable. Some cages include toys and feeders built in.

Toys are a good way to give birds exercise and keep them occupied, and a variety of toys such as swing toys and chew toys are available.

Perches can make a good addition to a cage, giving a bird a place to perch on.

Reptile Supplies

Another popular type of pet, reptiles have their own specific set of requirements, including specific dietary needs and a heated environment due to their cold blood.

The food requirements of different reptiles can vary greatly. with snakes only needing to eat once or twice a week, with other species needing to graze constantly. Many reptiles will eat easily obtainable pellet food, while others will prefer live food such as mealworms and stick insects.

Vivariums, sometimes called habitats or reptariums, are an essential item for keeping reptiles of all kinds. Heat sources are necessary, in order to keep the cold blooded reptiles warm, and these can include heat mats and high UV lamps.

Reptiles often appreciate somewhere to shelter, and caves and other hiding places are available to add to a vivarium.

Supplies for Small Mammals

Small mammals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters are a widely popular pet, and can often take up little space due to their small size.

The most common type of food given to small mammals is fresh fruit and vegetables, though pellet food is also available. Many different mammals have different needs. Guinea pigs require diets high in vitamin C, for example, as they cannot produce their own. Ferrets, meanwhile, require more protein and fat, needing fewer fruits and vegetables.

Hutches and cages are an important item, and different sizes are required for different animals. Pens are also available, which can be set up to give room for animals to get exercise.

Toys such as hamster balls and chew tubes can help keep pets occupied and healthy.

How to Buy Pet Supplies on eBay

A wide variety of supplies, including  habitats, cages, collars and toys, can be found on eBay. Pet Supplies can be found under the Home & Garden section. Results can be arranged by categories such as price, condition, distance to seller and the type of pet they are suitable for. The Auction and Buy it Now buying options are also available, offering flexibility in how a pen can be purchased.

Key information about items are generally prominently displayed in the item listing, making it easy to quickly see if an item meets any specific requirements. Further information can be seen on the item page, including information about the seller such as item reviews and feedback ratings. This helps to ensure that a purchase can be made with confidence. It is also possible here to ask the seller a question regarding the item.

If a particular item is required, it may be easier and more effective to use the search function available at the top of every page. Searches can be made to return results from within specific categories, or to show items from the entire site. Further information on effective use of the search function can be accessed on the Search Tips page.

Conclusion

A wide variety of pet supplies are available to meet the needs of many different kinds of pets, including dogs, cats, reptiles and small mammals. Having the right supplies for a pet can improve the animals health and wellbeing, and a wide range of pet supplies are available on eBay.

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