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Small pets need special care. Learn how to tend to your little four-legged friend with these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Small-pet books, magazines, and websites for research
- A pet-supply store, either real or online
Always get the largest enclosure you can afford, even if your pet is tiny. Just like larger animals, 'pocket pets' need plenty of space to roam around.
Keep in mind that small-pet cages fall into three main categories: Glass aquariums with wire covers, wire cages, and plastic habitats.
Choose glass aquarium for larger pets
If you have a 'larger' small pet, such as a rat or teddy-bear hamster, consider a glass aquarium that’s 20 gallons or bigger. These provide enough room to run around, with space for toys and exercise wheels.
Consider wire cage
If you’re looking for something inexpensive and easy to find, go for a wire cage with a plastic tray bottom. The tray makes the cage easy to clean.
Make sure bottom is solid
If you select a wire cage, make sure that it has a solid bottom that can hold bedding and is comfortable for your pet to walk on.
Check cage’s bars
A mouse can squeeze through an opening no wider than a pencil. So if you choose a wire cage for a mouse, make sure the cage’s bars are close enough together to contain the little critter.
Consider plastic habitat
For gerbils, mice, and hamsters, consider a plastic habitat with tubes and tunnels--but keep in mind that these cages are more expensive and a bit harder to clean.
Get an exercise wheel
All rodents, big and small, love exercise wheels. Make sure your cage is big enough to hold the right-sized wheel for your little friend.
Set your pet up
Lug the cage home and set up your pet in his nice new habitat!