What You Need to Know About Taking Care of Small Mammals
Have you been thinking of bringing a new pet into your family? If you have, do you realize that it does not have to be something big like a dog? You can also have the option of going with a smaller mammal. A few examples would be a gerbil or a hamster or maybe even a rabbit or a rat.
One common reason people choose smaller mammals as a pet is if they are restricted with the amount of space they have for a pet. A prime example would be something living in a small apartment in the inner city. Chances are that there would not be enough room in the apartment for a dog to be comfortable and have room to play.
On top of that, it can be a real hassle walking a dog up and down stairs to take them outside and some dogs will require training to be able to walk in the city without problems. Training can be costly and the entire experience of having a dog in a small apartment can be full of hassles so in this situation it is probably better to go with a smaller pet.
If your children have been begging you for a pet you might want to start out with a smaller animal. Fish can be boring and children can lose their interest and forget about them in no time. At the same time, a dog can be way too much responsibility for a child, especially if they are young and it is there first pet. The perfect option for a child as their first pet would be an animal such as a hamster or gerbil.
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If you have a small animal around the house that is exhibiting some unwanted behaviors it is time that you train your small mammal. Different behaviors from different animals will require different methods of redirection. It is important to keep in mind that training a small mammal is a lot different than training something bigger such as a dog or a cat. It requires special attention and a lot of time. The whole process can be made simpler however if you know the basics on training and have a general idea of where to start.
It can be very confusing when you look up information on training animals, especially small mammals, on the internet. There are so many different sources who offer so many different types of training methods and each one claims to be the fix all method. Most of the time these methods do not work. It is important that you take it back to the basics and a more traditional form of training. After all, why try to change training methods that have worked for decades?
The following chapter will go over the basics of training your small mammal. You will be provided with tips and tricks that should make the whole experience a lot easier and less stressful.
The following chapters in this book will go over the importance of training your small mammals and will give you some tips and tricks on how to do so …
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Some of these small mammals that would make ideal pet choices would include hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rats, mice, rabbits and chinchillas. Some of these animals have comparatively short lifespan while others can live for longer periods, but all need the support, care and attention of the owner in order to have a happy and healthy life.
Some of these small mammals are nocturnal creatures and this would be quite frustrating as a pet for children. This would be because these small mammals would spend most of the day sleeping while the child would only be interested in playing with it. This could lead to a very stressful situation for the pet and the owner.
Also some of these pets are not really very active animals and even when awake they would rather just curl up comfortably beside the owner as opposed to running around and performing tricks. The owners who are more knowledgeable would probably understand the need for a quiet and cool location for the cage, thus they would make every effort to make sure this is done. Having other more active and boisterous pets around may not be the best thing for some of these rather sensitive mammals.
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