Small mammals are highly dependent on the new owner to provide all the necessary assistance
for their survival. However there are a few exceptions to the certain but all the same these also need
attention and care but with neglect, it could eventually cause their passing.
Some of these small mammals that would make ideal choices would include hamsters, guinea pigs, sugar
gliders, gerbils, rats, mice, rabbits and chinchillas. Some of these have comparatively short lifespan while others
can live for longer periods, but all need the support, care and attention of the owner in order to have a happy and
Some of these small mammals are nocturnal creatures and this would be quite frustrating as a pet for
children. This would be because these animals would spend most of the day sleeping while the child would only be
interested in playing with it. This could lead to a very stressful situation for the pet and the owner.
Also some of these pets are not really very active animals and even when awake they would rather just curl up
comfortably beside the owner as opposed to running around and performing tricks. The owners who are more
knowledgeable would probably understand the need for a quiet and cool location for the cage, thus they would make
every effort to make sure this is done. Having other more boisterous and active pets around may not be the best
thing for some of these rather sensitive mammals.
Types Of Small Mammal
You May Want
When deciding on the particular type of mammal to choose from as a pet, the potential owner
would have to consider several different facts to ensure the right and most suitable choice is being made.
This choice would depend on a variety of factors which either directly connect to the choice or indirectly
Small mammals as pets usually cover a wide range of choices, such as mice, rabbits, gerbils, sugar gliders,
hamsters and guinea pigs. Even as small sized as they are, most of these pets can be really active and playful and
would require a lot of attention and care. Aside from their furry cuteness, these mammals are entertaining and
rather interesting to watch. Most pet owners of small mammals will attest to simply being content with observing
their pets for hours due to their often entertaining nature, if the quest to acquire such a pet is a priority for
the owner, taking the time and effort to be as informed as possible about the particular small mammal chosen
would be very beneficial to both parties. Failing this, the new pet would most likely suffer the consequences of
poor care and thus eventually the expiring of the pet.
Elements to consider when conducting a research to find a suitable match as a pet, would have to include matters
such as the feasibility of acquiring the particular breed, the convenience of having it around permanently, the fit
it makes into the current lifestyle of the individual, its food and housing needs, if the others pets will be able
to adapt to the new comer, if the new pet will be able to adapt to its new environments and a whole host of other
considerations, that should be taken into account before the small mammal is actually purchased.
Determine Which Pet
Will Best Fit With Your Family
Finding out a little about each of the small mammals beforehand will help the individual
make a more informed choice as to the best pick for a pet, which will suit the family unit. The following are
some information on the different types of small mammals that would make ideal family pets:
Hamsters are small mammals that don't really have a long life span and usually live up to about 2 to 3
years, only. An adult hamsters would be about 6 inches in length and usually most comfortable as solitary pets.
They don't really require large cages, because of their active nature a bigger cage would be better than a smaller
one. Being sociable and having simple dietary requirements present this choice as a good one to pick.
Gerbils too have a short lifespan of about 2 to 3 years and are very sociable animals. This breed would be
comfortable in pairs or even in small groups provided the living space provided is big enough to comfortable
accommodate the number you decide on. It should be noted that if they are to co-exist as a group, getting them
together from a young age would be better than introducing a fully grown one into an already existing group.
Keeping only males or females would be a good idea, if the pet owner does not want to be burdened with a population
explosion as these creature breed really fast.
Mice are also suitable creatures to pick as pets as they are quite small and easy to maintain. Their cage
size requirements are comparatively smaller that other animals and they interact well as a group. Being very
playful and interactive, they also make excellent pets. However due to their really small size, human interaction
may prove to be a challenge and they are more entertaining to watch rather than handled.
Considering Other Pets In The House
When there is an interest in getting an animal as a pet to be introduced into the current family unit, a lot of
insinuating circumstances should be first considered carefully before a final decision is made. Introducing a
new pet into an already existing environment where there are others pets, could prove to be a challenge
especially if the existing pets perceive the new comer as a threat to them.
Choosing a small mammal as an addition to the family unit should be
done only after a lot of serious consideration. It would be normal for the family members to now focus all their
attention on the new comer, thus neglecting the existing pets. This would cause psychological damage to the other
pets and this would either result in deteriorating heath of the pet or aggression towards the new pet. Some pet
don't take too kindly to a new comer and there are often episodes of incidences which jeopardize the survival of
the new pet.
Besides this, the new small mammal pet will be put under unnecessary stress from the intrusion and
presence of the existing pet. As pets are equally sensitive creatures, any changes in the environment would be
traumatic enough and adding to this any outside disturbances will be more than it can take and this may result in
some really negative outcomes. Matters can be complicated further if the new pet is looked upon as a food source
for the existing pets. There would be a constant attempt by one party to try and eat the other and this of course
will not be an ideal situation to say the least. Therefore careful consideration needs to be given to ensure all
parties are comfortable and accepting of the situation.
Consider Your Budget And Resources
Getting a pet especially a small mammal is not as easy as it may appear to be. This is mainly due to the
fact at the beginning the small mammal may seem like an ideal pet but over the course of time, the pet may
suffer the consequences of the owner not really being well equipped to handle it or the owner abandoning the
In the quest to acquire a small mammal pet, the positional owner should consider a few key points that would be
pivotal in the whole process and this would include elements such as the budget available and the resources
available for this new addition.
Budgeting can often be a rather tricky thing to handle as a lot of the time, there are hidden costs that the new
owner may not be aware of, thus throwing the situation in a turmoil when funds are limited and yet the needs are
very real. One way of assessing a reasonably complete budget would be to do a lot of research on the desired small
mammal pet in mind. This will help the owner make informed decision based on sound knowledge acquired.
Another way would be to actually consult others who own such pets. These owners would be able to give, the
potential pet owner, a clear picture of what it entails in caring for the particular small mammal chosen.
Information on tools needed to make the animal comfortable and its living condition requirements would all be able
to be forth coming through information given by seasoned pet owners. This source of information is very beneficial
as sometimes these seasoned owner are able to improvise to save on the pet budget thus giving the potential pet
owner ideas on how to do the same.
The Dangers Of Choosing
The Wrong Small Mammals
If the owner and other family members are not really well prepared for the pet mentally and
physically, with the specific knowledge needed to create the ideal relationship, a lot of things can and
usually do go terribly wrong. This of course would eventually lead to the pets deteriorating state or the
owner making the decision to either give away the pet or abandoning it altogether. Neither of these scenarios
is a good one to unfold, thus the need to be fully prepared for the new small mammal pet.
Hamsters are a popular choice but it should be noted that while they are really cute animals they don't really do
much during the day except sleep. This is because they are predominantly nocturnal animals and thus most of their
activities are at night when everyone else is trying to sleep. The disturbances from this activity and the
nocturnal sound they make can be very annoying and unsettling. Hamsters are also able to squirm out of a person's
grasp quite easily and are also known for the rather painful bites.
Mice are another cute and thus a popular choice. Mice are not really fond of human contact or handling and they
would try to escape every chance they get. Another downfall is the fact that mice is the pungent smell of their
urine and no amount of cleaning will completely rid the cage of this smell. Because of their small size, it would
be very difficult to catch one should it slip out of the grasp of the owner.
Predominantly most small mammals seem to make ideal first choice pets, and most of the time this is very true,
especially if the owner is knowledgeable about all the various aspects of the particular pet. Here are a some book
selections when it comes to owning a small mammal: