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Chinchillas originated in the Andes Mountains of South America. They have been trapped to near extinction for their luxurious fur. They are now a popular pet in the UK.
They can live from 8 – 15 years, and a normal adult bodyweight is 450 – 800g, depending on the sex of the chinchilla. They are clean, active, quiet and slightly shy, meaning that they are more appropriate as pets for older children and adults. They are naturally nocturnal, but adapt to … Read More »
Degus make great pets for older children and adults.
They generally live for 7 – 10 years and a healthy adult should weigh 176 – 315g depending on age and sex.
Degus are very sociable and in the wild, they live in colonies of up to 100 animals! They are best kept in single-sex pairs or groups of up to 6 as they love to play together and snuggle up to one another, and can become very depressed if kept on their … Read More »
Ferrets can make very friendly pets. They’re generally very clean, playful and are ideal for older children. Domesticated ferrets come in a variety of colours.
They tend to live between 8 – 10 years and a healthy adult should weigh 600 – 800g for a female, or 1.2kg for a male.
Ferrets are extremely sociable and should be housed in same sex pairs or groups. You can house mixed sex groups together if they have been neutered. Ferrets will often pile together … Read More »
They generally live for 2 – 3 years and a healthy adult should weigh 46 – 131g depending on age and sex.
Gerbils are very sociable and in the wild, they live in colonies. They are best kept in single-sex pairs or groups, and can become very depressed if kept on their own. However, do not introduce new gerbils once your gerbils are over 10 weeks of age, as it is likely they will fight. It is best to get them … Read More »
Guinea Pigs (also known as ‘Cavies’) originate from South America (where they are still considered a staple food source), but were domesticated and brought to Europe in the 16th century.
They can live from 4 – 8 years, and a normal adult bodyweight is 700 – 1200g, depending on the sex and breed of the guinea pig. They dislike change, so be very careful if you’re thinking of changing their food or habitat, as they can stop eating.
In the wild, guinea … Read More »
Hamsters make good pets for adults and children, and can live for up to 2 – 2½ years.
Hamsters are solitary animals, so prefer to live on their own. If kept as a pair, they are very likely to fight, as they are very territorial.
Hamsters are very inquisitive , so will like to explore every part of their cage, so it is important to give them a spacious cage to allow them to use up their energy! The cage will also … Read More »
Rats can make very friendly pets. They’re generally very clean, highly intelligent and are ideal for older children. Domesticated rats come in a wide variety of colours.
They tend to live between 2 – 3½ years and a healthy adult should weigh 225 – 500g depending on sex and age.
Rats love company of other rats, so it’s best to keep them in same sex pairs or groups. Do not house with any other species as they may fight.
A wire cage with … Read More »
Mice can make very friendly pets, but do not attempt to keep wild mice! Domesticated mice come in a wide variety of colours. Males have a stronger smell and tend to be more aggressive towards each other, so for that reason females tend to make better pets.
They tend to live between 1 – 2½ years and a healthy adult should weigh 20 – 60g depending on sex and age.
Mice love company of other mice, so it’s best to keep them … Read More »