Top 5 Most Popular Pocket Pets

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Have you ever wanted that one special pet but just wasn’t ready for a dog or a cat? A pocket pet could be a great pet to start with.  A pocket pet refers to any small mammal commonly used as a household pet.  Here are the most popular pocket pets to own.

  1. Guinea Pig

These little cuties are originally from South America. They are inexpensive, sweet-tempered pets that just want love.  They come in a variety of colors and patterns and can have long or short hair. There are four main breeds: Rosette, Roman Nose, Sheen, and Resilient.  Guinea pigs can live anywhere from 5-10 years. They make great starter pets for anyone. They require Calcium C, pellets, fresh vegetables, fresh water, a clean environment, and a good supply of Hay daily.

  1. Hamsters

This group of pocket pets can come in all shapes and sizes. They are perfect for the budget conscious, time constrained, but furry loving people.  There are five main breeds of hamsters: Syrian, Campbell’s, Winter White, Roborovski, and Chinese. They generally live for just 2-4 years. They require fresh pellets, fresh water, and occasional fruit treats. They also need to have a running wheel for exercise and some sort of item for shredding in their environments. This will help to keep them busy and entertained.

  1. Rabbits

Rabbits are fluffy, adorable, quiet, and have personality. They can also be easily trained.  They come in a variety of breeds and colors. Rabbits generally live 5-10 years. You can litter box train rabbits. They require fresh vegetables, fresh water, pellets and occasional treats. Daily exercise is required.

  1. Rats

A lot of people are grossed out by at the idea of owning a rat or rats. However, these pets are very intelligent and easy to care for. They bond do their humans and generally live 2-4 years. They come in a variety of breeds and color patterns. They require fresh pellets, fresh water, a clean cage daily and exercise. You can train rats to come, climb ladders, play fetch, etc.

  1. Gerbils

Gerbils are generally playful, inquisitive and fun to sit and watch.  Similar to hamsters, gerbils generally live about 2-4 years. They require fresh pellets, fresh water, an exercise wheel and also items that they can shred in their environment. They are very busy and very smart. Daily interaction is key to keeping them entertained.

Remember that all pets regardless of breed or type, require proper care and should be supervised at all time around young children.

Amber Kinzel has been a vet tech for 5 years. She works at the Airport Animal Hospital in Duluth, MN. She is the proud mom to 2 dogs and 4 cats. The make sure there is never a dull moment in her house. She loves to take her dogs out for walks on the beach. You can see all of her animals on her MeowWoofChirp page here.