The Good and the Bad: Caring for Rabbits, Ferrets, and Sugar Gliders*
Guest article by Jordan Walker from Coops and Cages
* Some Countries, States or areas cannot keep these animals as pets. Please check the legal situation in your area.
Small pets are always perfect for people who have limited space in their home. Rabbits, ferrets and sugar gliders are among the most popular small, furry companions. These animals are also classified as exotic pets. Only a few pet lovers can cater to their special needs. Animal lovers who are interested in keeping these small animals as pets should know what they’re getting into. They have to do research about the animal that they want and make sure that everything is all set, before their furry guest enters their home.
The Good and the Bad: Rabbits
Like other pets, rabbits can be purchased from a breeder or adopted from a rescue centre. If a bunny is well cared for, it can stay with the pet owner for at least ten years. Specific ailments should be noted and targeted early, with the help of an exotics vet. Take note that bunnies have impressive digestive systems. See to it that they digest their food properly. It is always a good sign if they always eat and poop. Bring the bunny to the exotics vet if it has not eaten or defecated.
An exotics vet or a veterinarian for exotic animals can do more than treat dogs and cats. They can also handle cases that involve reptiles, birds, and small mammals. Rabbits should always be inspected for genetic ailments, allergies, and parasites. If the bunny is adopted, its medical history should be reported in detail, so that the new owner can be informed of what to do right.
Bunnies have always been known as great beginners’ pets. Take note that they may not be appropriate for children. If the children in the house are well-oriented about bunnies, they may be able to handle the small pets. Bunnies need their backs supported when they are handled. They should not be dropped or left alone on a high surface. Any play time with small kids should be well supervised.
Here are the good things about keeping a rabbit for a pet:
The Good and the Bad: Ferrets
Ferrets are gorgeous pets, but pet owners have to make sure that they’re ready for them. Research about these small, exotic pets well and know that they need attention. They are small, energetic animals. They will assess the owners and test them through biting. As they grow, the owners tend to clean more poop and spend at least two hours with them out of their cages.
Below are the good things about having a ferret:
The good and the bad: Sugar Gliders
These tiny pets are not for all pet lovers. Some sugar glider owners say that they are adorable pets, while others say that they are not. Sugar gliders are marsupials. For those who want marsupials for pets in their homes, here are some of the good and not so good aspects of owning them:
The good things:
Whether it’s a rabbit, a ferret, or a sugar glider, choosing a small, exotic pet has its pros and cons. Potential owners should prepare well in having them as part of their lives. Proper education primarily helps in caring for them optimally.