Rodents, although small, do require quite a bit of pet care. They are basically tiny escape artists and can be ultra-sensitive to sound and light.

Basic Requirements of Rodents

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Food for Small Rodents

Some rodents have a flexible diets where others are strictly one or the other.  Rats and mice consume plants on a regular basis along with grains, grass, seeds and small twigs. Most rodents are also nut eaters.  In natural settings rodents will consume fruits and berries. Rats are especially prone to eat meat and fish. Depending on what type of rodent you have, you may have to try a few different types of food or consult your pet care professional on which food would be best.

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How To Select

If you are not sure which rodent you should get as a pet I suggest you check out this article : https://www.thespruce.com/small-rodents-as-pets-1237271 This article covers hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, and guinea pigs. It also goes on to say that other options include chinchillas, jirds, degus, dormice, duprasi, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, Patagonian cavies, and more. Also what should be taken into consideration is their sleeping pattern. Pet hamsters and rats are nocturnal creatures, which means they’ll be up playing when you’re asleep and tired out when you’re awake. Gerbils, guinea pigs, and mice are more likely to be on your daytime schedule.

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How Many Should I Get?

Hamsters and Mice tend to fight when kept with a companion. If you must get more than one hamster or mouse, you should definitely make sure that they have plenty of room to get away from one another and have their own space, if you can’t get two separate cages. Gerbils, guinea pigs and rats are social and should definitely have a pal if you want a happy small pet. If you want to socialize your pet into your family they require daily attention.

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