If you’re thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, you might want to consider a “pocket pet.” Hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, rabbits, and ferrets are some of the most popular pets.
- Hamsters and gerbils can be a bit too small for young children, but can make nice pets for older kids.
- Guinea pigs are bigger and can make good pets for just about all ages - the more they are gently handled the more social they can become.
- Rats (domestic ones) can make wonderful pets for children as well. They tend to enjoy being handled, are clean, and very smart.
- Rabbits are the largest of the group and can make good pets if socialized properly. They typically need a bigger living area than the others and a bit more exercise.
- Ferrets require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation and as such require a bit more time than the others. They are also the only “pocket pet” that requires vaccines - similar to a cat. They are funny, playful and mischievous.
So whatever you’re looking for, there’s probably a pocket pet to fit your lifestyle.
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