Do rats make good pets?


Owning a pet is a great responsibility so you should consider a pet only if you are mature enough to understand its needs and provide a welcoming and safe environment. And, while most people decide on a dog or a cat, these animals are quite hard and expensive to look after. They will also require plenty of petting and your spare time, so don’t adopt them if you rarely stay at home.

If you still want a pet but don’t want to hustle with vaccines, periodic vet visits and endless hours spent grooming and petting your animal, you could opt for “lower-maintenance” animals such as rodents.

Rats are usually not your first choice when thinking about a new pet, but they could prove loyal and easy to train if you have the time. If you consider owning a rat as a pet, here are some pros and cons of it.



Rats are extremely intelligent and they can be trained depending on your skills. If you spend enough time with your new pet, you can teach it how to use a litter box or how to do small tricks. Keep in mind that most scientists use rats as part of their scientific research because they are aware of their intelligence. Never underestimate the intelligence of your pet rat!

Another advantage of having a rat as a pet  is that they are very affectionate creatures. Believe it or not, once they get used to the presence of humans and their new home, they will easily grow fond of their owners. Contrary to most people’s opinion, rats will build a close relationship with their human companions and will seek any opportunity to show their affection.

A trained rat could easily cuddle with you on the sofa and feel happy when you pet it. Rats are also easy to take care of. Unlike dogs and cats, rats won’t need specific grooming products or expensive foods and visits to the vet. In addition, they won’t occupy too much space, meaning you can easily shelter them in apartments or condos.



On the other hand, there are plenty of cons of owning a rat pet so you should consider both the positive and the negative aspects of such a pet before adopting one.

For instance, rats, similar to many other rodents, are nocturnal creatures, meaning they are mainly active during the night. So they won’t make great pets for children who have school in the morning or for adults who find it hard sleeping with noises. It isn’t any fun waking up at 3 AM because your rat decided to exercise and get in shape again.

Another downside is that rats have short lifespans. They usually live 2-3 years so, even though they are less of a commitment, you will get your heart broken pretty soon.


What should hamsters eat?


It’s essential that you don’t overfeed your hamster since they can quickly develop health issues, including obesity. This can lead to heart conditions and premature death, meaning you have to learn how many calories your pet needs and to give it products that are not rich in sugars and fat.

One of the best methods to ensure a proper food intake is to buy a pre-packed seed mix which you can find in most pet shops. Musli and pellets seem to be the most popular choices among pet owners. Stay away from colorful foods, because just like in nature, bright colors are usually full of poisons such as artificial colorants and other additives.

When it comes to pet hamsters and the wild ones, their diets are a bit different. Free hamsters usually live near deserts, so most of their food consists of seeds, wheat and all types of grass. The mouse-like creatures are omnivores, but in the wild food is scarce, so they usually only eat insects. The house hamsters have a more varied diet since humans can provide the required food without too much fuss.

I’ve once watched a documentary that has emphasized the fact that hamsters love fruits and most types of vegetables. But be warned that too much fruit can cause diarrhea since they are high in sucrose. Besides, just like humans, they need fibers. If you happen to celebrate a special occasion, you should give them some tasty treats once in a few months  – hamsters adore carrots and bananas.

One food you should never feed your pet is citrus, as the acid can burn their tiny digestive tracts. Also, one awesome treat to give your pet when you’re feeling generous is a hard-boiled egg, because eggs are rich in cholesterol. Also, regarding the protein necessities, mealworms can make great snacks for hamsters.

When it comes to deadly food, never give your pet expired food or something that is sticky or sharp. Their oral cavities are highly sensitive, and such food can easily suffocate them, even if you have the best intentions, to begin with. If you do your research, your pet will be very happy and well fed, and accidents will not be part of your schedule.

You need to fill their food bowls every morning, and when you leave the house, make sure they have plenty treats to last them until you come back. The ideal daily quantity of food is around 10g, twice a day. But that varies according to your pet’s metabolism and personality. A more active hamster will require more dry food and proteins.

Now that you know what makes this type of pet happy, maybe you should start shopping. They are not fussy eaters, but there are a few foods that can be lethal if you don’t pay enough attention to your companion’s diet.


Do rabbits make good pets?


If you want to get out of the mainstream, or if you want a pet that is low maintenance but which will still bring you heaps of happiness, then I suggest going for a rabbit. It’s a fairly unknown pet, which people usually associate with farms. However, they are furry little animals that can accommodate to any type of any environment if you provide the food and the love they need.

One thing that I think makes rabbit such unlikely loyal companions is the fact that they are social beings, which like to explore and to hop around to find delicious treats. They like to roam free, but at the same time, they don’t find small spaces such as boxes or cages unpleasant.

It will be a joy to watch them being clumsy and discovering your house. You and your family will start in no time hiding carrots or apples around the living room, and you will release the rabbit just to see it play detective and to see it discover the delicious secrets.

Another great thing about bunnies is that they can be litter box trained. If you rescue one from a shelter they might or not be already trained. But even if they’re not, with the proper cage, they can be easily taught good manners. There are heaps and heaps of resources on the Internet regarding the litter training of your pet, so this aspect shouldn’t bother you too much.

Speaking of cages, rabbits have their own type of housing. There are a plethora of models on the market for you to choose from according to your breed. But one factor to bear in mind is that rabbits and their living spaces are easy to maintain. This is one of the pro arguments that most people appreciate about living with bunnies.

As pets, they are lively and playful and kind. And feeding them will be simple, as the market is filled with all kinds of pre-mixed boxes of food, which contain all the nutrients and all the diverse vegetables and seeds a rabbit could need to have healthy digestion. Their primary food is hay grass, and that needs to be accessible at all times.

The essential thing you need to be careful with when raising them as pets is that they get stressed very easily. Remind yourself that, especially when traveling and when you are changing their environment. And when handled by small children, educate them not to make sudden movements or to hold them by the ears.

Rabbit can become more than pets. They can become a lifestyle because they are easy to love and since they offer plenty of great moments of being adorable and clumsy. And their fluffiness will keep you warm at night when you want to get rid of stress while playing with your favorite furry friend.


Interesting facts about Guinea Pigs

Owning any type of pet is a great responsibility, so I encourage more people to change their lives and adopt a pet. They provide unconditional affection and are warm creatures that can hardly wait for you to come back home and fill you with their love.

Guinea Pigs are no exception as they can make great pets for people of all ages, including children. They are not complicated to look after and generally live a few years, depending on the conditions you are willing to offer them.

My fascination for Guinea Pigs started with my own pet when I was a child, and only grew bigger over the years. And, since I couldn’t stick to only the main characteristics of them, I made a list of the top interesting facts about Guinea Pigs.

They love company

As with many other rodents, Guinea Pigs love the company of other fellows of the same kind, so make sure to acquire at least a pair if you want to keep these pets happy and active. Sure, you may be facing an enlarged family anytime soon, but Guinea Pigs are at their best when they have a companion. In fact, the enjoy grooming each other as they are very clean animals.

And, the happier and better they are looking after, the more you will get to enjoy their presence. The average lifespan of a Guinea Pig is between 4 and 7 years, depending on how much time you dedicate to them, and how happy they are with what you provide.


Choose the right type for you

There are three main types of Guinea Pigs, depending on their length and fur. The American/ English pigs are the most common type and feature short hair and a smooth coat. They are also the easiest to look after as they don’t require constant combing and grooming.

The second type is the Abyssinian Guinea Pig with a wiry coat that often forms swirls and requires combing. The last type is the Peruvian Guinea Pig with silky, long, and straight hair. These are the most pretentious when it comes to combing and looking after, but you will also have the most fun with them.

You can create countless hairstyles for your beloved Guinea pig, so they will make great companions for those who feel a little lonely.


Believe it or not, Guinea Pigs have nothing to do with pigs or the country Guinea for that matter. The origins of their name have plenty of theories, none of them fully approved or tested.

One of the theories suggests that the name Guinea was given, in fact, by their market value of one Guinea, a type of English coin that was used for trading in early ages.


What you need to know about Mongolian gerbils


Having a pet implies a certain degree of responsibility so I can only encourage more people to appeal to this. Apart from the great feeling of looking after another being, you will also be rewarded with unconditional love, regardless of the type of animal you choose as a pet.

Many people consider that only pets like dogs and cats get attached to their owners, but that’s clearly not true. If you show your pet love and trust, it will offer you trust and love in return. It is the same with all rodents, regardless if you choose a regular hamster, a chinchilla, or a gerbil.

And, speaking of, although it may seem tempting, keeping your animal in specific cages for gerbils may not be the best option, especially if you have a small kitchen where they can run free. If you decided to look after such a furry animal, here are some things you should take into account about their breeding and lifestyle.

They are extremely sociable creatures

Creating a bond with your gerbil could prove a bit difficult at the beginning, but once the rodent can trust you, you will receive in return love and devotion. Unlike other rodents that tend to be lonelier and night creatures, gerbils are very sociable and curious. Thus, they require external stimuli to trigger curiosity and help them improve their knowledge about the surrounding environment.

Since they are social creatures, the best way to keep your gerbil happy is to buy at least one other individual to share a cage. The more the merrier but don’t forget about keeping the environment interesting as well.

These creatures are also very attached to their offspring, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the children often choose to learn all their survival skills from their parents, by constantly being by their side until they’re mature enough to go on their own.

They are very clean animals

Unlike other pets, having a gerbil won’t require too much effort on your behalf. In fact, these pets are used to warm and dry climates, so they adjusted their body heat and internal needs to don’t drink too much water, and, so, not urinate that often. As a result, their cages remain clean for a prolonged period of time, while the air remains fresh. If you want to keep this fresh scent even longer, make sure to choose the right type of bedding.

I strongly suggest opting for cellulose bedding and not the regular wood dust because this contains essential oils that are harmful to Mongolian gerbils. You can also buy scented bedding made from the same cellulose if you don’t feel like freshening up the cage too often.