Before you acquire a small mammal
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House rabbits make wonderful companions - for the right people. According to veterinarian Jennifer Saver, "a rabbit person is someone who enjoys observing as much as handling, and who does not get overly upset at a rabbit's natural tendencies, such as chewing and digging." House rabbits are easily litter trained, learn to respond to their names, and a few simple commands. The life-span of a well-cared for rabbit is seven to ten years, with some living into their teens. Rabbits should be spayed or neutered between four and six months. This will make them nicer to be around, more trainable, and healthier. Unsterilized rabbits will lunge, mount, spray, and box, and females are at risk from uterine cancer.
Small Rodents and Ferrets
Small rodents such as mice, rats, gerbils, and guinea pigs, are fairly easy to care for and are a joy to have as companion animals, especially for people with busy lifestyles or small spaces. If handled gently and regularly from a young age, these small rodents will lavish you with affection and provide hours of entertainment. Although these small rodents are fairly low maintenance, they do have a few requirements to ensure they lead happy, healthy lives. Ferrets can be lively and entertaining pets, as long as they have a proper environment, plenty of entertainment, and are handled appropriately from a very young age. Pet ferrets should be spayed or neutered and have their scent glands removed when they are young.
General Tips for Small Mammal Care
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