You want to live longer? Can’t stand stress? Feeling alone? Then get a pet. It also gives you a better psychological well-being and lower blood pressure.
Guinea Pigs are not pigs, nor are they from New Guinea
Size: Maximum of 10 inches in lenght, at 2-3 lbs
Grub: Pellets fortified with vitamin C, timothy hay/alfalfa, clean water
Lifespan: Five to seven years or longer
Emo-meter: Interacts with owners, but who males housed together may fight
Cute but…: A bit timid if they’re not familiar with it’s owners, prone to injury when dropped.
Awww factor: Squeks and purrs when excited, doesn’t bite.
Size: Maximum of six inches in lenght
Grub: Pre-mixed hamster food, veggies occasionally, clean water
Lifespan: 2-3 years
Emo-meter: Nocturnal, thus grumpy during the day; prepare being house singly
Cute but…: If they’re not tame yet, they nip; gnawing activity at night may disrupt your sleep
Awww factor: Tiny like a mouse, but furry and without a ghastly long tail
Size: From two pounds (Netherlands Dwarf, Mini-Lop) to 20 pounds (Flemish, British Giant)
Grub: Rabbit pellets, fresh veggies, hay, clean water
Lifespan: Five to 12 years, depending on breed
Emo-meter: Gentle and tame, grows attached to its owner
Cute but…: Entails a long-term commitment because of it’s longer lifespan
Awww factor: Lick and nuzzles, doesn’t bite, and those ears!
“Little Pets” Bill of Rights
Hamster are best housed in plastic homes made especially for them, although cages are suitable for them, too. Make sure they have secure latches because these rascals love recreating Prison Break. Meanwhile, Roger Rabbit and a guinea pig should be kept in cages with ample space. Plastic containers and aquarium are discouraged because they cause greenhouse effect.
Just give them something to chew. This includes gnawing blocks and mineral stones for mice, hamsters, and guinea pigs or hay for rabbits. provide the with pipes to explore.
Ironically, it’s smaller pets like mice and most especially hamster that tend to bite. But there’s no way of getting around their teeth. if your small pet is new to you, don’t disturb them at first, give them time to familiarize with your voice and scent.
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