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Choosing the Right Rodent

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There is now a wide selection of domestic rodents to choose from. From hamsters to chinchillas to rabbits, it can sometimes be difficult to make a decision. All of these animals have different personalities and lifestyles, which need to be carefully considered before falling in love with one of these furry creatures.

What are my expectations?

You first need to define what you are looking for. Are you looking for a pet for your young children, your teenager, or yourself?

Are you looking for an animal to bond with or do you prefer to observe it for long periods?

Life expectancy of rodents

The lifespan varies greatly depending on the species. If you choose a chinchilla, you should expect to take care of it for over 10 years. However, if you choose a mouse, it will only live for 1 to 3 years.

A rodent with a long lifespan may eventually be neglected by your child. On the other hand, if that’s not the case, the child will soon be confronted with the death of the animal.

A unique lifestyle

Some rodents are less suitable for young children because they are nocturnal. The child will then see their hamster or chinchilla sleep all day. If you have also placed the cage in their room, the child may be awakened during the night.

Rabbits and degus have a lifestyle that suits children. They are most active at dawn and dusk.

Rats, on the other hand, adapt to the owner’s lifestyle. They can be either diurnal or nocturnal.

Choosing the Right Rodent

Where should I house my rodent?

The choice of cage is very important for a rodent. You need to consider the space you have available, which will guide your decision.

A mouse will only take up a small amount of space in your home. However, if you choose a guinea pig, a rabbit, or a chinchilla, you will need a cage that is at least 1 meter long.

Coexistence and sociability

Sociability also varies greatly among rodents. If you only want to have one pet, prefer a hamster or a chinchilla. However, mice, gerbils, and degus prefer to live with others.


Most domestic rodents are fragile and have specific needs that must be carefully considered.

Handling a chinchilla can be difficult, and they do not tolerate constant petting. This animal is perfect for people who enjoy observing. On the other hand, guinea pigs love to be petted, making them more suitable for young children.

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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