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What Kind of Small Pet Should I Get?

Gerbil? Rat? Guinea pig? Hamster? Compare and contrast.

Overview

Guinea Pig

  • Adults grow up to 12 inches
  • Lives 5 to 8 years
  • Diet consists of hay, pellets, fruit, vegetables and Vitamin C supplements
  • Great for beginner pet parents

Gerbil

  • Adults grow up to four inches plus a four-inch tail
  • Lives up to three years
  • Diet consists of pellets, fuit and vegetables
  • Great for beginner pet parents

Rat

  • Adults grow seven to 10 inches, plus a six- to eight-inch tail
  • Lives up to two years
  • Diet consists of pellets, fuit and vegetables
  • Great for beginner pet parents

Mouse

  • Adults grow two to three inches
  • Lives up to two years
  • Diet consists of pellets, fuit and vegetables
  • Great for beginner pet parents

Chinchilla

  • Adults grow nine to 10 inches, plus a six-inch tail
  • Lives up to 10 years
  • Diet consists of pellets, fuit and vegetables
  • Great for intermediate pet parents

Hamster

  • Adults grow three to seven inches
  • Lives up to two years
  • Diet consists of pellets, fuit and vegetables
  • Great for beginner pet parents

Rabbit

  • Adults grow two to 10 pounds
  • Lives six to 13 years
  • Diet consists of hay, pellets, fuit and vegetables
  • Great for intermediate pet parents

Petite-pet pointers

  • The tinier the pet, the more easily they can slip through small spaces. Make sure your pet’s habitat is escape-proof.
  • Handle with care: small pets can be wigglers and may be injured if they’re dropped.
  • Children younger than 5 should be supervised while handling small pets, which can bite when frightened.
  • Little pets and big pets don’t always mix: a hungry or curious dog or cat might regard your small pet as more meal than comrade.

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