If you’re looking for a pet that’s straightforward to care for, then you’re probably thinking of getting a small animal. From hamsters to gerbils, mice, rats, Guinea pigs and chinchillas, small animals still pack a lot of personality into their little frames. Here we offer help and tips on how to look after your hamster, rabbit, mice and guinea pigs.

They still need plenty of care too, so you need to make sure you’re ready to take on the responsibility of a new family member. If you’re ready, owning a small animal can be a hugely rewarding experience where you’ll create lots of happy memories.

Many small animals are quick and agile, but they come in many different shapes and sizes. Lots are full of energy and like to spend hours burrowing and climbing. You need to provide everything they need to have a happy life, including plenty of space, but setting up your new pet’s home is one of the best bits.

Caring for small pets

Most small pets keep themselves nice and clean and are easy to groom, and they can be perfect if you live in a small house or flat. As they are simpler to care for than other pets such as cats and dogs, small animals are ideal for new pet owners. They’re also fantastic for kids to learn valuable skills such as caring for someone else and building relationships.

 

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