Rabbits are a very popular pet for children and adults alike. They are relatively inexpensive to keep, easy to house and feed, and can live for over 10 years if well taken care of. Rabbits also tend to be hardy little animals and don’t easily contract diseases.
It is a common misconception that rabbits are rodents – which they are not! Rabbits actually belong to their own order called Lagomorpha.
Guinea pigs, also known as cavies (cavy), are a very popular pet for children and adults alike. They are relatively inexpensive to keep and easy to house and feed. They tend to be hardy little animals that don’t easily contract diseases. If well taken care of, a guinea pig life span can run between 8 – 10 years.
Classed as rodents, they originated in South America and are the descendents of the Tschudi Guinea Pig (Montane Guinea Pig) Cavia tschudii.
Mice are great pets for several reasons. They are small, inexpensive, and very easy to care for. They are very clean animals that continually groom themselves by licking and combing their fur. Female mice are odorless. If they are well taken care of and handled often they can become very tame and enjoyable. They are a great first pet for children.
Mice are the smallest mammals to ever be domesticated, and mouse breeding is an ancient hobby. The common mouse is a curious little creature that makes a very interesting companion. (They are also very cute!). They have a life span of 1 to 3 years.
The Mongolian Gerbil is a small furry animal with sparkling dark eyes and a cute tufted tail. They are fastidiously clean; eating in one area of the cage, nesting in another area, and making their bathroom in still another. This makes their daily care easy and undemanding. They are also hardy and much less prone to respiratory illnesses than other small rodent pets.
Their small size means Gerbils can be housed in a relatively small cage though they are quite active and will need room to play. They have a natural curiosity and need to explore, but they are also very quiet. They are gentle, attractive, and amusing to watch. Gerbils are great pets for anybody but especially for people living in apartments or houses where space is at a premium.
Gerbils should be kept as a pair or in small groups as they are very social and need the grooming and attention of their own kind. They do not do well with strangers though so It is best to get gerbils from the same colony or when they are young. Keep same sex gerbils together if you don’t want to have babies!
Hamsters are small animals which makes them easy to care for and inexpensive to keep. Their small size means they can be housed in relatively small cages, even an old birdcage or an aquarium can be used.
Hamsters are gentle, attractive and amusing to watch. They are virtually odorless and are habitually clean. All this aspects make them great pets for anybody but especially for apartments or houses where space is at a premium. They are nocturnal, so 90% of their waking hours are at night when the cage is dark. They can also be a bit nervous when moved to a new home, so they may take a bit of time, along with patience and love, to become settled.