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Choosing the Right Small Animal

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We all know that pets make great companions for adults and kids alike. They keep us healthy, they teach responsibility, and we form bonds with our pets that are downright irreplaceable.

There are many factors to consider when in the market to buy a small animal. It is important to know that not every small animal is right for everyone. However, with the proper research, you can find the small animal that is perfect for you!

One thing to consider is who will be the primary caregiver of the animal. Hamsters, Gerbils and Mice make great pets for kids. They are often kept in small cages and take up relatively little space. Being nocturnal in nature, they tend to sleep great lengths though out the day and become more active at night. If handled properly, they can be very gentle and tame when held. While rats often get a bad reputation, they also can be very affectionate pets. However they do require a larger living area than hamsters, gerbils and mice. Chinchillas on the other hand require gentle care due to their fragile bones. Chinchillas also require much cooler temperatures for survival.

Another thing to consider is energy level. Small animals such as Rabbits and Ferrets tend to be social creatures with a lot of energy. These animals like to run around, play, and need more space to romp than other small animals. They also need more attention. On the other hand animals such as Guinea Pigs are very low energy animals and like to stay in one place for most of the time.

The lifespan of your pet should also be considered. Some small animals live for only a few years, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats. On the other hand Chinchillas with proper care can live on average 10-15 years. Rabbits and Ferrets can live roughly 6-8 years with proper care. It is important to consider the time commitment you are willing to give for your new furry friend.

Whether you choose a Hamster or go with a Chinchilla, small animals make excellent pets and companions. With proper care, food, living space and a little bit of love, your new pet will be part of the family in no time!