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What to Consider Before Adopting a Pocket Pet

What is a pocket pet?

Pocket pets are small pet mammals. The category includes hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, mice, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, and sugar gliders. If you’re looking for a furry friend, a pocket pet is a great alternative to a dog or cat when your home isn’t suited for a larger animal or your schedule calls for a less demanding pet. Pockets pets are little bundles of endless affection and entertainment. Don’t be fooled by their small size, however. Pocket pets require the same respect and care as their larger counterparts. If you are thinking about buying or adopting a pocket pet, there are a lot of factors to consider.

 

Does my lifestyle support caring for a pocket pet?

While in some ways pocket pets are less demanding pets than dogs and cats, they still require proper, diligent care to live happy and healthy lives. Before you adopt a pocket pet, you should consider whether your schedule allows enough time for routine care. Keep in mind that some pocket pets are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. It is also important to consider whether you live in the right environment for a pocket pet. Most pocket pets are susceptible to stress because they are prey for many animals in the wild. Therefore, they can be uncomfortable in a noisy home or around larger pets.

If you have children, it’s important to consider if they are an age at which they can treat these small animals properly. A child who loves his or her pocket pet may want to carry it around all the time, but these animals are fragile and can be injured or killed just from being squeezed or dropped.

 

Do I have access to veterinary care for my pocket pet?

South Kendall Animal Hospital proudly offers veterinary services for these special pets!

Just like dogs and cats, pockets pets need regular veterinary care to live long and healthy lives, but sadly only 2 out of 10 pocket pet owners consult a veterinarian for their small pet. Before you buy a pocket pet, consider whether you will be able to provide proper health care. Find out if there is a veterinarian in your area who specializes in caring for small mammals. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend the best diet for your animal and offer other helpful tips for promoting your pocket pet’s health. If your pet ever becomes sick or an emergency arises, you can avoid heartache by bringing your pet to your trusted veterinarian.

Overall, hamsters, rabbits, and other small mammals can make wonderful pets, but before you make the decision to adopt one, you should consider whether you can provide the complete care your pocket pet will need. We recommend doing further research on the specific type of pocket pet you’re interested in before you adopt to make sure it is suitable for you and your family.