Gerbils and Hamsters
Gerbils are small rodents originating from the desert areas of Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their long tails help them to balance on their hind legs. They’re social animals who prefer to live in family groups. Hamsters are nocturnal rodents that originated in the Middle East. They prefer a life of solitude, but they make interesting pets. They come in many colors and types of coats.
Mice and Rats
Pet mice come in an amazing array of colors. And they are always busy and playful. As weird as it sounds, rats are a very good choice of pet for households with responsible children. They are gentle, intelligent, interactive, and can be taught numerous tricks! They’re also relatively easy to care for (if housed correctly and given proper diet.)
Rabbits are very popular pets and can be kept indoors or outdoors, if properly housed. Most indoor rabbits can be litter-trained. Providing good nutrition, exercise, and gnawing toys will help keep them healthy. But, remember, they are prone to diseases if stressed or kept in unsanitary conditions.
Guinea Pigs & Chinchillas
Guinea pigs, also known as “cavies,” are from South America. And they do have some special dietary needs. However, if these needs are met, they make very good pets. The first time you pet a chinchilla, the first thing you’ll nice is his amazing softness. It’s important to have the proper housing ready BEFORE taking home your guinea pig or chinchilla. And you’ll also want to know as much as possible about their behavior, diet, and common diseases.