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Rodent pets make great additions to a variety of home environments, and they take up much less space than dogs or cats. Whether you’ve had your fair share of rodent pets in the past or you are looking to bring your first one home, here is a list of some of the best rodent pets for a variety of households: 

Hamsters: With their expressive faces and twitchy whiskers, hamsters are an adorable addition to any home. Hamsters like to stay busy, so if you are planning to get one, be sure to purchase a habitat with plenty of activities like tubes or wheels. Hamsters are nocturnal by nature, so you might want to put their habitat outside of your bedroom or they might keep you awake during the night.

Gerbils: Naturally social creatures, pet gerbils do the best when they live in pairs or groups. Solitary gerbils display characteristics of depression like being overweight, and often even have shorter lifespans. Since gerbils are chewers, you want to avoid buying wood or metal enclosures for them. Instead, opt for a fish tank or something made of plastic. Gerbils are very delicate, so if you have them in a house with children, you should be sure an adult is there to supervise any time they directly interact with the rodents.

Mice: Mice are smart and active creatures, and tend to do best in metal enclosures that they can climb. Another social rodent, you might want to have a few mice so they can keep each other company. Mice love toys like ropes and ladders and will provide hours of entertainment if they have them in their cages.

Rats: As with many other rodent pets, rats are nocturnal and social animals, so they will thrive if they have at least one buddy in their living space. They need a lot of exercise daily, so you might want to give them about an hour of time outside the cage each day.

Guinea Pigs: Guinea pigs need larger enclosures than many other rodents, especially if you have more than one (since they, too, are social creatures). If you get multiple guinea pigs, try to get only one gender so you don’t have to worry about lots and lots of baby guinea pigs. Be sure to feed them food with plenty of vitamin C.

Know How To Care For Your Rodent Pet

As with any pet, it is important to research what your rodent pets need to live happy, healthy lives. Schedule regular wellness visits with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is feeling his best. Be sure you are feeding your rodent pet the proper amount of the right kind of food for her needs. If you notice anything strange in your pet’s behavior or you have a question about the best way to care for him, the exotic veterinarians at Springbrook Animal Care Center are happy to help. Give us a call at (630) 428-0500 to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your rodent pet.