Having Rodents As Pets
Thu, April 22, 2021

Having Rodents As Pets

If you decide to choose a rodent as a pet, make sure that you consider the opinion of all members of the family, as owning an animal is a huge responsibility, no matter how big or small the animal is / Photo by: Nikola972 via Shutterstock

 

It could be said that pets are important to families, and owning one could be a very good experience for particular family members. Carefully considering a pet is essential so that it could suit one’s lifestyle. For most households, the common choices are dogs, cats, and fish. However, others choose more exotic pets. Some decide to care for reptiles, while others may choose to love rodents. There are several advantages to owning small rodents at home. For one, they’re not very difficult to maintain since they are mostly caged or kept in small spaces. Many children also fond of handling small pets, while some adults who do not have time to take dogs for a walk choose rodents for their ease.

According to an article on the American Veterinary Medical Association page, a website that provides information on pet and animal health, rodents can be considered special and exotic pets. Though they may be small in size, as pets, time and effort should still be invested in taking care of one. If you decide to choose a rodent as a pet, make sure that you consider the opinion of all members of the family, as owning an animal is a huge responsibility, no matter how big or small the animal is.

Choosing the Right Rodent

Most people like small, cute pets. Even kids are more fond of small puppies rather than big pooches. In choosing a rodent pet, you have to consider some essential factors so that your pet can be a match for you and everyone else in the family.

Some rodents have already been domesticated throughout history, like rats and guinea pigs, so owners will not have any problem taming them and making sure that they will not act wildly when at home. You should also check if the rodent you are choosing is nocturnal or more active during the day. Some species might want to be alone and might not like any company inside its cage. However, there are also rodent species that are very social and should be kept in pairs or in groups. If so, you better choose a bigger cage for them.

Here is a list of rodents you can choose as pets, according to The Spruce Pets webpage, a site that gives essential information and advice on pet care. This information can help you choose the right kind of rodent for your family and home.

(*) Gerbils

These rodents live for about two to three years, though some can live up to five years. These rodents are very social and active, and should be kept in pairs or in groups to be happy. If you want to control the number of pets you have, make sure that you keep them only with males or females to avoid breeding. Also, if you want to make sure that gerbils will get along with each other, get them while they are still young as most adults find it difficult to get along well with each other.

Gerbils live for about two to three years, though some can live up to five years. These rodents are very social and active, and should be kept in pairs or in groups to be happy / Photo by: kmsh via Shutterstock

 

(*) Mice

Mice that are kept as pets are quite different from those we see as pests. They live for about one to three years, and they are considered some of the easiest pets to take care of. They are also social animals and would prefer to be in groups rather than in solitude. They can easily be tamed, though they can be hard to catch if you accidentally let them loose from their cages. Since they are small, they won’t require a big cage or a large space to live in.

(*) Rats

Just like mice, these rodents are very social, and should be kept in pairs or groups. Keeping a same-sex pair is recommended to avoid having too many younglings in their cages. They live for about two to four years, and enjoy interacting with humans as well. Some rats can also be taught some tricks for your amusement, and are considered to be very smart. As long as there is constant interaction, it would be easy to tame and love them.

(*) Hamsters

Hamsters live for about two to three years, and are considered to be introverted creatures. However, they are very active and should be provided a cage that has more space and added toys for them to be active with. One thing that a future hamster owner should know is that they bite when they are not handled well. They are also more active at night, so it’s better not to bother them during the day so as not to annoy them. For those who have not taken care of a pet yet, a hamster could be a very good training animal since they usually just want to be alone, and are not hard to take care of. One good thing about them is that you can just have one hamster instead of a number of them. They like being alone.

Hamsters live for about two to three years, and are considered to be introverted creatures / Photo by: Dmytro Leschenko via Shutterstock