The alternative pet

copyright Lauren Helm Photography

Copyright Lauren Helm Photography

Many people are opening their homes and hearts to little furry creatures, such as mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and are learning that there are advantages to having small pets. These are great for people who live in small spaces or for those who live in apartments that do not allow cats or dogs. Many have come to understand that small pets allow for the same fun interaction and unconditional love that dogs and cats are known to provide.

For instance, rats are great pets for people who loves dogs but lack the room to house one. They are similar to dogs in that they can learn tricks, come when called, and love to cuddle with their owners. But, rats take up much less space! They can also learn to play games and be trained to use a litter box. Rats enjoy playing games created with their owner and are happier, healthier animals when given the opportunity to engage with people and to problem solve. To top it off, they brux to express contentment, much like how a cat purrs, and will give their owner kisses to show affection.

Mice can also make great pets. They tend to be very active and seem to enjoy adventures, such as traveling in their owner’s pocket during short walks. Mice usually like interacting with their human and can play games. They also love playing in a mazes and cardboard homes. Hamster tubes are also great mouse accessories. Owners can always get creative in building a unique environment for their mouse. Take a tip from the San Diego Zoo and build your mouse a house with bread – they will love it!

Rabbits also make fantastic pets. Like rats, rabbits can also be trained to use a litter box. Rabbits enjoy playing with their owners and love cuddling. Rabbits like to run free and explore their home while playing and interacting with their owner. They are very expressive animals and have many behaviors that show how they are feeling. Rabbits also give kisses and will groom their owners to show affection. Rabbits also come in a variety of sizes that allow potential adopters to choose what fits their lifestyle best. Small dwarf rabbits can weigh as little as three pounds while a Flemish Giant rabbit may weigh as much as 22 pounds. The majority of rabbits weigh around 5-7 pounds.

These are just highlights on a few types of small animals but there are so many types to choose from. If you need advice on picking a pet for your family, don’t hesitate to ask us for advice. Our hospital is staffed by cat, dog, rat, mice, bunny, turtle, and bird owners. Plus, our doctors provide services such as wellness exams, spays and neuters, geriatric exams, emergency care, laboratory testing, radiography and soft tissue surgery to all these creatures. Our goal is to help you lead happy and healthy lives with your pets, no matter their size.