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Which Small Pets Need To Be Kept In Pairs, And Which Are Best Housed Alone?

Which small animals should be housed solo, and which need to live in pairs or groups?

Ready to adopt a new pocket pet… or two?  Owning more than one small pet means extra care costs, but they’ll keep each other from getting lonely when you’re not around. Some small animals are social creatures that live together in the wild, while some are strictly solitary, prone to fighting when housed together. Here are some of our favorite social and not-so-social small animals: Guinea Pigs At the top of our list of most social small pets is the guinea pig. Sweet, cuddly and intelligent, they are herd animals that need lots of love and affection. Guinea pigs always need[…]Read More…

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Pet Rats – The Little Friend You Didn’t Know You Needed

Pet rats are affectionate, intelligent animals that are remarkably easy to care for. Understandably, many people still see them as scraggly survivors that run rampant in subway systems – but pet rats are so much more than that. Give rats a chance and you’ll discover what you’ve been missing. Whether you’re unable to keep cats and dogs, or just love to try something new, you’ll be impressed by how sweet, clever and charming these animals can be. Where To Get Your First Rat You may see dozens of rats at your local pet store. Pet stores tend to be bad places[…]Read More…

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10 Unique Pets That Make Great Family Members

Cats and dogs have been snuggling their adorable ways into our families for generations, but they’re not the only animals that deserve a spot in our family portrait. 1. Ferrets Ferrets are just as cuddly as dogs and cats and have been known to get along swimmingly with other animals. They’re excellent for apartment-dwellers. Be sure to train your ferret and provide puzzles, toys, and games for mental stimulation to make full use of their intelligence. You might be surprised at how much personality you’ll discover in such a small package. Requirements: A large, multi-story cage, a few hours of playtime[…]Read More…

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Rats As Pets : Do domestic rats make great pets?

Rats can be very good pets to pet lovers who are responsible. Keeping rats as pets might have grossed people out in the past but they are amazingly popular pets nowadays. All kinds of rats, brown rats, black rats, giant pouched rats, are kept as pets today. First native to Asia (around India and China), the black and brown rats found their way around the world via the western trading ships that traded with Asian countries. At first they were considered as pests and disease carrying rodents but since the 19th century, special breeds of rats have been kept as pets[…]Read More…