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Animals make the world a better place, and as they play such an important part in our lives, the care of ALL animals is our highest priority!

At Animates we believe that there are five foundations of pet care, and we are committed to providing the best pet products, advice and service to anyone who owns/looks after an animal to ensure their needs are meet and every animal in NZ can live happy and healthy lives.

The Five Foundations of pet care are:​

  1. Food and Water:  All animals need clean water and a well-balanced, healthy diet.   
  2. Shelter: All animals should live in a comfortable place to keep them healthy and happy. All animals need shelter and a comfortable resting area.   
  3. Medical Care: All animals should be taken to a vet if they are sick or injured and given regular health checks.   
  4. Exercise: All animals need enough space to move around and have regular exercise.   
  5. Love and Understanding: All animals deserve to be happy and live without too much stress.

The second foundation of pet care is making sure all animals have the right shelter.

For your small furry friends, plenty of space to move around inside & outside, and selecting the right house and bedding to create a warm clean space is important to remain safe & healthy.

Read on for expert advice and our huge range

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    Selecting the correct sized house is important to the health and wellbeing of your small pet:

    • View our rat & mouse cage range

    • To get your rabbit or guinea pig through winter shop our temporary indoor small pet cages

    • Head in-store to get the best advice on what is best for your small pet

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    Our wide range of bedding caters to many different needs:

    Pine helps increase absorption and reduce bacteria

    Paper is majority dust free for your pets respiratory system

    Aspen helps suppress odour for freshness and helps with respiratory issues

The first foundation of pet care is making sure all animals have clean water and a well balanced, healthy diet!

Our smallest furry friends need the right hydration and nutrients in their diet to thrive, just like us. Feeding your rabbit, guinea pig, rat or mouse the right food is an important key to their quality of life​.

Read on for expert advice and our huge range

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    Hay consists of 80% of rabbit and guinea pig diets and is essential for these pets in many ways:

    • View our best seller

    • View our hay range, which includes meadow, Timothy and Lucerne

    Repeat delivery is a very popular service to keep up with your hay supply

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    Pellets are high in natural fibre to promote well-being and vitality. Our pellet range has options for:


    Guinea Pigs

    Rat and Mice