They may fit in the palm of your hand but pocket-sized pets have huge personalities that make them so easy to love. Despite their miniscule appearance, these creatures still need constant medical care like more traditional pets. Fortunately, here at Delton Veterinary Hospital, we treat pocket pets quite often. Call us at 780-475-9225 to learn about how we can keep your pocket pet healthy all their life.
What are pocket pets?
Pocket pets are those that are tiny in size. Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and chinchillas are all examples of pocket pets that you can welcome into your home.
Are pocket pets easier to take care of?
Not necessarily. This is a common myth among animal lovers and pet owners. Some pocket pets have very specific needs that can actually be demanding. For example, ferrets tend to be smelly right away so they will need constant cleaning while some types of rabbits need daily hair brushing. Guinea pigs are also a two-package deal. Because they are highly social animals, they need to have another guinea pig with them. Otherwise, their mental and physical health can suffer. They also need lots of attention from you – at least 30 minutes per day – so they may not be a good pet for those who are away most of the day.
Are pocket pets good with kids?
Some are while some are not. Not many people know that some pocket pets like hamsters can bite, so it is important to teach children how to interact with them. Hamsters in general like to be left alone (they do not even like living with other hamsters) so this is something to keep in mind. Like with any other pet, it is important to explain to children and show them how to interact safely with the animal so that everyone can be safe.
How long do pocket pets live?
You would be surprised at the variety of life spans of these small creatures! Hamsters and gerbils live between one to two years. Guinea pigs can live to about five years, while rabbits can live to 10 years. Life expectancy and the commitment they require are both important factors when choosing which pocket pet to welcome in your life.