Small Animals FAQs

There's a broad spectrum of small animal species available for children or adults seeking the companionship of pet but don't want the traiditional cat or dog. Many animals from the wild make wonderful pets, too. Guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats, and many more exhibit docility, sociability, and gentleness that make them suitable for anyone. Most of these animals have been domesticated and so get accustomed to human contact readily. Because they require minimal food and maintenance, they are a great option for anyone who wants to make their first foray into the world of pet ownership. The most basic needs of small animals are clean, comfortable housing and food. There are variances in dietary needs among species, but these can be easily learned through research. Because small animals are sensitive and fragile, knowing proper handling of species is also essential before buying one.

What are the beginner pocket pets for children?

Nearly all pocket pets are good first pets for children. These small, furry creatures are typically harmless and easy to maintain. Foods are easy to find and affordable, too. One of the most popular pocket pet for kids are guinea pigs. These rodents look adorable. They are sturdier than rats and, when handled properly, don't scratch or bite. Guinea pigs can be trained to respond to a whistle...


Can small animals be trained?

Some, but not all, species of animals can be trained, and the level of difficulty involved in training these animals vary from species to species. Rats, for instance, intelligent species that they are, are very easy to train, while hamsters are not. Training small animals require a high level of care, understanding, and commitment. Their individual personality traits and capabilities have to be...


My pocket pet is sick. What should I do?

Loss of appetite, unusual lethargy, diarrhea, self-imposed isolation, wounds, hair patches, and problems in breathing are the most common symptoms of illness in small animals. If you notice these symptoms in your animal, bring your pet to a local vet for appropriate medication. Make sure the veterinarian specializes on care of small animals. Most illnesses are indirectly caused by poor hygiene,...


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