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Choosing the Right Small Animal

Handling a Hamster

Kaytee has all the products you need to enjoy your new small animal — small animal food, treats, bedding and even small animal toys. But, you need to decide what kind of small animal is best for you and your family.

One thing to consider is who will be the animal's primary caregiver. Hamsters, gerbils, and mice make great pets for kids. They are often kept in small sized cages and take up relatively little space. Being nocturnal in nature, they tend to sleep throughout the day and become more active at night. If handled properly, they can be very gentle and tame when held.

While rats require a larger living area than hamsters, gerbils, and mice, they are very affectionate pets. Chinchillas, on the other hand, require slightly gentler care and require much cooler temperatures.

Small animal pets such as rabbits and ferrets are social creatures with a lot of energy, running around, playing, and needing space to romp. They also need more human interaction. Guinea pigs are very low energy animals and like to stay in one place most of the time.

The lifespan of your pet should also be considered. Some small animals live for only a few years, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats. With proper care, chinchillas can live 10-15 years. Rabbits and ferrets live about six to eight years.

Whether you choose a hamster or a chinchilla, small animals make excellent pets and companions. With proper care, food, living space, and love, your new pet will become part of the family. Doing research before you buy or adopt your new pet will help you make a great fit when your new family member comes home.

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