Small Animals That Make Good Pets

If you’re one of those animal-loving fellas but can’t afford to keep a dog, consider getting one of the pets recommended below.

Most families are not in proper conditions or ready to adopt a large pet like cats or dogs. Plus, a dog for instance, takes a lot more work to train than smaller animals and is more difficult to manage. However, every pet has its own requirements and issues so you want to do full research before taking responsibility. We have presented to you a list of affordable and trouble free pets that make good companions; you can choose one according to your conditions and how your family is toward animals.

Rabbits

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Pets

Domestic rabbits are as smart as cats, plus more friendly and easy to take care of with a lifespan of 10 years or more if you take good care of them. A bunny will crave your love and attention during the day. According to Dawn Burch, director of animal care, education and compliance for Petco, you can even take your rabbit to walk on a leash using a small-animal harness.

Considerations

  • Space Needs:Rabbits need quite a large area to hop around and stay active. A pen about four times your rabbit’s size will keep them out of trouble and prevent your possessions from being chewed.

  • Chewing Habits: Generally, rodent teeth grow very fast and you better find appropriate solutions to help keep their teeth in shape. Provide constant access to chew sticks, mineral chews, or long-term hay to maintain their teeth.

  • Feeding: You may already know that your rabbit loves carrots and clover, but did you know that they shouldn’t eat alfalfa? A diet consisting of commercial rabbit pellets along with leafy and suitable veggies will help your bunny remain healthy.

  • Grooming: Rabbits keep themselves clean but will need regular brushing and monthly nail trims, so it’s important to keep grooming in mind with your pet bunny.

Hamsters

Small Pets
Pets

Hamsters are social, active and very much charming animals. You probably have an image of a hamster running in a wheel or plastic ball in your mind already, and it’s true. These energetic pets will run nonstop in the wheel before getting tired and having a little cuddle before sleep.

Considerations

  • Lifespan: Before you get a hamster, you may want to take into account how long it will be around for. On average, hamsters only live two to three years.

  • Socialization: Hamsters are easy to handle once socialized, but they can nip if startled so they may not be the right fit for young kids. Keep in mind that hamsters are nocturnal as well, which means they would be alseep through the day and be active all night.

  • Cleanup: Investing in a critter potty will help keep their cage clean, which is important to consider with hamsters because they’re known to choose a favorite spot to go to the bathroom—and because you’re the one that has to clean it up.

Guinea Pigs

Small Pets
Pets

Guinea pigs are generally friendly with their owner or another guinea pig with same gender. Once they’ve socialized, handling them will be no trouble at all. “They’ll often do a popcorn jump, which means they’re super happy,” Burch says.

Considerations

  • Handling:

    According to Jill M. Patt, D.V.M., founder of Little Critter Veterinary Hospital in Gilbert, AZ, guinea pigs are really jumpy and people are likely to drop them. This is a serious issue to be considered about your family’s and your own capabilities at handling animals.

  • Feeding: Since guinea pigs are unable to vomit, you should always keep an eye on your pet’s eating behavior and poop conditions to make sure they don’t have an upset stomach. And because they can’t make their own vitamin C, you’ll need to give them C infused food, treats and a daily C supplement.

  • Grooming: Just like rabbits, guinea pigs need chew sticks or mineral chews to prevent excessive teeth growth. They also need regular brushing and monthly nail clipping.

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