What rodents make good pets?

Having a pet is always a great responsibility and often enough it comes with great sacrifices too, but the overall feeling like there is a being that loves you unconditionally is priceless.

And, while cats and dogs are the most common pets people buy or adopt, there are also the trickiest to look after. So if you’re trying to teach your kid to become more responsible or simply want another soul in the house with you but you’re not really ready to commit to a large pet, rodents remain the best alternative.

From chinchillas to squirrels, rabbits, Guinea pigs, and hamsters, there are countless types of rodents that will make great pets for the entire family. Below you will find a list of the most common types of rodents people adopt as pets and the main things you need to know about them before inviting them into your home. In the end, it is you who has to decide which rodent will make the best pet.


They are not entirely classified as rodents anymore but remain some of the best pets to have in your house or in your backyard. Affective and extremely sociable, rabbits will easily attach to the person they get in contact most often. They will often act like cats or dogs in terms of behavior, meaning they can get extremely curious.

They require all of your love and attention and are willing to give it back to you. Rabbits are also extremely fertile and can reproduce as young as 4 months old. During their lifetime, they can give birth to over 100 other rabbits, so make sure to understand that before buying a pair.

Rabbits come in various breeds and their size differs accordingly. The small breeds are the perfect companions for apartments as they won’t weigh more than a few pounds.

They require a source of fresh water even when their diet is mainly based on wet foods. They also require enough room to walk, run, and jump.


They are quite pretentious and should be really taken care of. They are sensitive to light and climate changes, so make sure to maintain an optimum temperature inside (15 to 25 degrees Celsius). Keep the cage of your pet away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

They are typically nocturnal creatures, so they will be less active during the day. This is why it is best to store their cage in a quiet and dark corner of your room.

They are warm and compassionate creatures and often like to live in herds. The males even babysit newborns.


Hamsters are also nocturnal creatures so don’t feel bad if your fellow is mostly asleep during the day. They love sweet treats like berries and can live for several years, depending on the breed.

They can easily get overweight, so make sure to watch their diet and never serve them more food than necessary. Hamsters require plenty of physical activity to avoid overweight and obesity, so make sure to place at least a running wheel in their cage.

What do hamsters eat?


Hamsters are not particularly pretentious when it comes to what food they eat because they pretty much eat anything. If you get a pet hamster, you should focus on providing your little friend with varied foods, to keep it healthy and happy. In the wild, hamsters eat seeds, grains, leaves, and even insects. Let’s see what sorts of food they love most and how you can provide a proper diet.

A few guidelines

One of the most significant dangers when taking care of a hamster is to overfeed it. These small creatures are hoarders by nature, and they may hide a lot of food from you, just to make sure they have something to munch on later. That can lead to all sorts of problems. For starters, you may make your hamster obese, and that will impact on its health.

Another thing that can happen is that the hoarded food will be hidden under the bedding of their living space. There, it can become spoilt and rotten, and cause the hamster to fall ill before you can notice that there is something wrong.

The best advice you can get is to feed your hamster only a tablespoon of special pet food you can buy from the store. The combination of various foods is well balanced in such food, and it prevents the hamster from cherry picking only what it likes best. Prevent your pet from such bad habits by following these guidelines.


What kind of foods can you feed your pet hamster?

Fruits and veggies are an optimal choice for hamsters, but you must bear in mind that their little stomachs cannot digest a lot of this type of food without disturbing the functioning of the digestive system. In many cases, feeding your pet hamster with too many fruits and vegetables can cause diarrhea.

As far as proteins are concerned, a good thing would be to give your hamster a small treat once a week. You can give your pet little bites out of a hardboiled egg, or treat it to some mealworms.

What foods to stay away from?

Some foods are not that good for your hamster, although they may look like a wise choice. It is true that hamsters love carrots, but these are high in sugar. Another thing to bear in mind is that acidic fruits and veggies can cause an upset belly in the small creature.

You must make sure that the foods you feed your hamster are always fresh. Avoid foods that may cause problems to the hamster’s delicate cheek pouches. That means that no sticky foods should be allowed. Also, another thing to bear in mind is to avoid feeding your pet with highly nutritious seeds and nuts, as these may surpass the permitted caloric intake.


What you should know about hamster housing


Hamster owners know how important it is to make their cage look like a cozy little place where they can have lots of fun, sleep, eat, and repeat.

When I first bought my hamster I was clueless about so many aspects. In time, I’ve managed to learn a thing or two after observing my rodent in action.

The first thing you need to pay attention to is the cage of the hamster. It’s better to invest in a spacious one because, if you decide to get a new team player, they must have room enough to share. However, you need to understand that hamsters are quite solitary and territorial and need their own cage.

Syrian hamsters require the best hamster cage that needs to feature at least 2 cubic feet or free room. Because they are lone creatures that don’t like to be disturbed, you need to keep them alone from the others.

I think it’s better to get separate cages if you breed more than one hamster. If you find this solution a tad pricey, you can always purchase large plastic containers and use them as cages.

The main reason you should provide your hamster a roomy cage is that you can clean it up easily. Also, to reduce the chances of your pet getting agitated or bored which is a problem since it can lead to serious compulsive behavior.


If you don’t know where to put your hamster and your space is somehow limited, you need to know that there are several types of cages to choose from. Depending on your hamster specie, each has their own personal preferences. For example, a wire hamster cage that features a bottom made of plastic is a common choice that doesn’t cost much.

If you like dwarf hamsters and you want to get a young one you should buy a compartmentalized cage that looks like a maze.

Another option is the aquarium that is outfitted with a mesh wire lid that you can take it off when you want to feed them.

You shouldn’t overlook the ventilation factor. It’s imperative that hamsters get as much fresh air as possible, otherwise, they risk getting sick. Unfortunately, some cage models that are made of plastic prevent a proper airflow. This is a common issue for aquariums, even though they provide a small level of protection against the cool air.

We all know how important is to ensure our little hamsters spends its time in a tidy room. Therefore, we must do consistent cleanups in order to remove the debris and the residuals left from food. Larger cages are a tad easier to clean but they more time than smaller units.

I need to point out that you need to make sure your hamster can’t escape the cage. So, measure the space between each bar and make sure it’s no more than 0.5 inches for Syrian hamsters and 0.25 inches for dwarf hamsters.