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Considering Rodent as a Pet?

When considering a pet, it is important to find a good match! Think about how much you have to invest financially, how much space you have and if you want one or two pets. Then depending on if you want an easy pet for your child, or if you live in an apartment or have too busy of a life style for a dog or cat, get a rodent!

The most popular of these furry pets can be found at local pet stores and consist of; mice and rats, hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils. It is fun to research the various rodents and their personalities to help you decide the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

If you want a pet that is active, loves attention, sociable, and best for kids, consider a rat, Guiana pig or chinchilla. Also, if you are interested in having multiple pets, rats should not be housed alone and are great when housed with other rats. For lifestyles that do not have a lot of time, gerbils, hamsters and mice are great choices! They are very happy in their cages and are less active. Hamsters tend to sleep all day and are most active at night and run in their wheels.  They make good pets for people that are night owls or stay up late.

When it comes time to pick up your new furry pet, chose one that looks healthy. Observe the rodents behavior and insure they run around comfortably and are energetic and active. Watch to see if they cough, sneeze, have discharge from the nose, eyes or mouth and have healthy looking teeth.
Each pet from a pet store will have a designated enclosure. If you choose a hamster, mouse or gerbil for example, they have specific cages sold at local pet stores. It is important to keep in mind that rodents should not have wooden enclosures, as they love to chew and can destroy their homes. A glass or plastic aquarium with removable tops are best. These cages must be escape proof because these little critters are escape artists! It is highly discouraged to allow your rodent to room around your house. They can damage items, chew on cords and are at risk for injury or death. Although handling your pet outside of the cage with care is always encouraged! Rodents are sensitive to heat and their environment temperature should be kept between 65 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Guinea pigs and chinchillas are susceptible to heat stroke and require those lower temperatures.

The lifespan of a typical rodent can last between 1-3 years and are good for people that are not ready to commit for longer. Although they have shorter lifespans, it is important to be able to provide them with all the care that they will need as they are not disposable pet.

These loving little creatures can make very nice pets, if their needs are taken into consideration. When you have a happy, healthy pet,  both pet and owner can live happily ever after!




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