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What Are Good Small Pets?

Last Updated: 27.02.20


If you want to get a pet hamster, you’ll need to get some hamster accessories to make it feel more at home. However, some people may want to look at different options for small pets since there are really a lot to choose from and a lot of things to consider before buying one. You may consider getting hamsters, Guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, but also reptiles or arthropods.


‘’Pocket Pets’’

When it comes to small domestic animals, people like to use the term ‘’pocket pets’’. This definition can include anything from hamsters and gerbils to ferrets and rabbits. A lot of people opt to get a pocket pet instead of the traditional cat or dog because they are easier to take care of and require less maintenance and attention than their canine and feline counterparts. 

Especially if you happen to live in a smaller space, a large or highly active pet can spell trouble since you won’t be able to properly take care of it. Pocket pets are great for non-dog and non-cat people since they can offer them the affection of a companion without really asking for much in return. 

Preparing For Your Pocket Pet

Even though these small animals are much more low maintenance than larger ones, you’ll still require some time to prepare your home and your heart for them. Oftentimes, this may mean the need to invest in a cage, tank, a terrarium, and other such accessories designed for the happiness of your future pet. 

Many would-be owners wrongly assume that because small animals are, well, small, they don’t need a lot of space so they might buy a hutch for their new pet rabbit, line it with a thin layer of shaving and call it a day. However, these types of environments are not acceptable because pocket pets still need plenty of space to run around it, foliage to hide beneath and even toys.

This is why you have got to be prepared and think this thing through. Even though owning and caring for a small animal is indeed rather easy and inexpensive compared to other pets, setting up their living environment can often be quite a costly endeavor. 


Everybody Likes Something Else

Depending on what pet you want to get, you will need to do different things to make sure they come home to a comfortable living space and a peaceful life.

Reptiles, for instance, need a climate-controlled environment to be able to thrive and be healthy so a good owner should always remember this.

Rodents, on the other hand, very much like toys such as spinning wheels and tube mazes so these should never miss from their collection because it also gives them a chance to get in some much-needed exercise.

Furthermore, remember that most small animals are used to being the prey out in the wilderness so objects for them to hide under and behind are really important for their sense of security. Out of all the pocket pets, this is especially true for rabbits.

If you get yourself a ferret, you’ve probably got one of the more curious pets out there so we really wish you good luck ‘’ferret-proofing’’ your house before you buy one else you run the risk of meeting it everywhere you go. 

Other small creatures like rabbits or chinchillas are not very good at the whole ‘’self-centered’’ psychology so they need a companion in their lives to remain emotionally happy and this is something you should not look down upon since it can positively or negatively impact their lifespan. 

If you’re planning to get a bird you really need to do some research beforehand and find out how much they can live because some species, such as parrots, can live for up to 80 years. Since that’s quite the commitment, you should reconsider your pet-of-choice if you don’t feel you (and possibly your children) will be up to the task.

More special pets such as hermit crabs can also live for up to 40 years when properly cared for in a climate-controlled environment. The downside to them is that as they grow, their cage will need to grow with them.

Fish are the definition of a good, small pet that is fairly easy to care for, but even they need good basic care and the rarer the species, the more demanding its care is going to be.

Easiest Pets To Care For


Starting off with hamsters, we have to say that while they are fun and active pets you need to remember that they are also nocturnal, so they can be a disappointing first pet for small children. If you work long days and you come home in the evening, this furry animal might be ideal for you since they are full of joy and energy when the sun goes down.

They’re relatively low-maintenance and if you provide them with a hamster wheel, tubes, and some toys they will pretty much entertain themselves. For their comfort, they only require a wire cage with a solid bottom, preferably something that is nicely padded with shavings.

Guinea pigs

Even though people often tend to lump guinea pigs and hamsters into the same category, they are very different animals. Guinea pigs are much more active and much more sociable than their cousins and, unlike hamsters, prefer to run around freely instead of spending time in their own little bubble. 

Be warned that they need to be with others of their species as loneliness can affect them quite strongly and even contribute to depression.


Again, people tend to make the wrong assumption here and consider rabbits ideal pets for small children. While these fluffy, long-eared creatures are indeed great pets, they are pretty difficult to care for and temperamental, requiring a very specific environment to thrive and be happy.

Rabbits cannot be placed in an enclosed space and simply left there since that’s just not going to work. They do need that space for sleeping and resting but it has to be attached to an outdoor or at least large area where they can run around and play in a secure environment, preferably with some coverage spots as well. 

Remember that in order for them to be happy both physically and emotionally they need a companion of their own kind.


Chinchillas are cute and cuddly little creatures that are also very intelligent and with a happy disposition. Once you get to know each other and become best buds you will find that you can even teach them basic tricks provided you’re the kind of owner who’s loaded with treats. 

Like hamsters, chinchillas are nocturnal animals so, again, they may not be the most suitable for small children who have to be in bed at an early hour. They don’t require much maintenance but a special need of theirs is the fact that their large cage also has to have a dust bath in it. 

Chinchillas do enjoy their dust baths rather enthusiastically so be prepared to sweep up and clean up the dust on a frequent basis with one of those fluffy companions around you. Like guinea pigs and rabbits, they need a companion to live with in order to be happy.


Ferrets are a lot like cats in their manner of being independent, curious, and even mischievous pets. However, they are also highly intelligent and have great energy so, when trained properly, they can really be the loyal and low-maintenance companion you would desire for your children or for yourself. 

Due to their natural curiosity though, keeping your home ferret-proofed is a must to ensure their and your house’s safety and long life.

Sea monkeys

If anything from the above sounds like too much work, you may find sea monkey to be the perfect companion for small children who just want to look at things moving. The only maintenance these little guys require is to be fed growth food every five to seven days, and you can wait even longer if the water starts to get too cloudy.




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Irina Ionescu

As a long-term learner and animal lover, Irina helps her readers find the best products and accessories for their pets, as well as the latest training techniques, tips & tricks on how to handle animals.

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