What pocket pets lack in size, they make up for in personality and everything else! Pocket pets make a great addition to a pet owner's home. Depending on the amount of time you have to dedicate to your pet, there is a range of low and high-maintenance options that can best suit your needs.
How should I care for my pocket pet?
Pocket pets, as their name suggests, are typically small enough to fit in your pocket. They include mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, and more. Pocket pets, like any other pet, require specialized care to maintain their health. Depending on the pocket pet you choose, they come with varying health concerns, lifestyles, temperaments, and typical life spans. For example, the average lifespan of a hamster is 2-3 years, whereas chinchillas can live for up to 20 years. One of the most important choices you'll make for your pocket pet is their cage. Based on the type of pet you choose, it's important to pick a cage that'll have more than enough room to safely move around. Ensuring cage latches are securely closed is also essential, since some pocket pets routinely plan their escapes. You should also pet-proof your space by closing crawl spaces that could be accessible to your pet.
How often does my pet need veterinary visits?
For most pocket pets, yearly visits are enough to support their overall health. Pocket pets can develop underlying health conditions like parasitic infestations, respiratory issues, and dental issues. By regularly taking your pet for visits, we can ensure they don't have any unmet health needs. If you notice any signs of illness in your pet, please contact us at 709-256-3891. Some signs your pet could be ill include:
- Runny eyes or nose
- Difficulty breathing