Small pets are in so many cases the perfect pet for many people and they come in lots of different shapes and sizes but sometimes it’s hard to know which one is right for you and your family. This blog is here to help you with your choice so that everyone, including your pet, is happy!
Gerbils are great fun to engage with. They are burrowing animals by nature and they spend lots of time digging for pleasure which can be mesmerising! Because of they so quick and agile, young children can find it quite tricky to hold them without squeezing so hard so they’re generally more interesting to watch than to handle. Gerbils are fascinating but if you have young children and want them to be able to handle their pet, it might be favourable to consider another smaller animal.
Hamsters are very cute and highly active pets. Not only are they nocturnal which means they can be a bit disappointing for kids because they’re often asleep during the day and then they come out just when it’s time for bed. If they are woken up from sleep they tend to bite and their vision isn’t amazing so they’re easily startled by quick movements.
Mice are explorers by nature and can provide hours of fun to watch as they climb up ropes and rush through tunnels. Mice are often friendly and they don’t tend to bite but, as they’re so little and fast, it can be tricky for small children to hold them. To pick a mouse to uphold them from the base not from the tip of their tail gently but firmly and then lift their back end and slide your hand underneath their body.
Guinea pigs can make good companions for adults and children. They are fun to watch and have varied emotions. Once you get to know them it is possible to tell when they are happy, sad, excited or angry. They are not happy just to be left in a hutch at the back of the garden but need shelter from all extremes of weather and a run where they can graze freely, safe from any predators. It’s vital that they are with another of their own kind. Gentle by nature, guinea pigs can be a good first-time companion for a child (as long as there is considerable parental interest).
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