Thinking of adopting a rodent?
If you're thinking about adopting a rodent, whether a hamster some mice or a gerbil or two, there are certain things you need to consider before deciding which species you'd be best suited to. Some rodents are a lot easier to look after than others.
Before adopting please make sure you can provide the following.
It's essential to invest in the right cage for your pet or pets, so they don't escape or injure themselves.
You need to understand your pet's nutritional needs so they get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need to stay healthy.
You need to make sure you use the right sort of bedding for your pet. There are some types which are dangerous to certain rodents, which can harm their respiratory systems.
You need to provide toys for your adopted pet so they are kept entertained when you are not around. However, you have to make sure the toys you give them are suitible and safe to use.
Make time for cleaning their cages, make sure they are in a draught free area and at a regular temperature.
To be taken to a vet if ill or injured.
To be looked after by a competent person when you are on holiday.
Adopting a hamster or gerbil?
Both hamsters and gerbils have life spans of around 2-3 years and where as hamsters like to lead solitary lives, gerbils on the other hand are very social creatures preferring to to kept with others of their kind. Dwarf hamsters are very cute and are very popular pets these days, however, they have earned themselves a reputation as biters which is why they need to be well handled. Hamsters and gerbils require different habitats.
Adopting a mouse?
Fancy mice make great pets and live for around 1-3 years. They are really easy to keep but mice need to be kept in same sex pairs or small groups. The thing to bear in mind is male mice tend to fight each other which is something to watch out for.
Mice are very entertaining to watch and make great pets for older children as long as they understand their pet's daily needs and the importance of cleaning out their cages regularly.