Small Pet Care Advice

Cute, cuddly and endless fun, small furries are popular pets for all these reasons. They make great pets for both youngsters and adults and the wide range of species are rewarding and fascinating in their own right. From the chatty Guinea Pig to the fiesty Siberian Hamster, rodents come in all shapes and sizes, each with their unique care requirements...so research is key to ensure you can give a small pet a happy home.

Care Sheets for Small Pets

Care Sheets for Mice

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for mice, so take some time to read up on all your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Rats

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for rats, so take some time to find out more about your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Gerbils

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for gerbils, so take some time to find out more about your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Chinchillas

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for chinchillas, so take some time to find out more about your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Guinea Pigs

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for guinea pigs, so take some time to read up on all your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Hamsters

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for hamsters, so take some time to read up on all your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Chipmunks

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for chipmunks, so take some time to read up on all your furry friend's needs.

Care Sheets for Degus

The RSPCA has some great advice on caring for degus, so take some time to read up on all your furry friend's needs.

Thinking About Getting a Small Pet?

Animal Rescues and Animal Sanctuaries on Preloved

If you're considering giving a forever home to a small furry, why not consider using an animal rescue or sanctuary to help you find the perfect match to suit your needs and lifestyle?

Rehoming your Small Furry

Rehoming Your Pet

If you're looking to find a forever home for a small furry, make sure any potential buyer can give the love, care and attention they will need for years to come - find out more.

Caring For Your Small Pets

Small Pets and Fireworks

With autumn comes firework season, and across the UK there will be some pets enduring long evenings of frightening bangs and flashes. If you have small pets outside, Blue Cross is here to give you advice on how you can help reduce their fear and stress levels during firework season.

How to Care For Guinea Pigs in Winter

With autumn comes firework season, and across the UK there will be some pets enduring long evenings of frightening bangs and flashes. If you have small pets outside, Blue Cross is here to give you advice on how you can help reduce their fear and stress levels during firework season.

How To Care for Rodents in Winter

Even though small pets like rats and hamsters are likely to be indoors cosy with you throughout the winter, there are still some things you should consider through the colder months.

Give Us a Forever Home

Whether you choose a gerbil, hamster, guinea pig or rat, they will be looking for a Forever Home that gives the care and attention they need every single day.

And that's a real commitment. Are you ready to clean out their cage regularly? If you're buying a pet for your children, who looks after it if the novelty wears off? You!

A Forever Home means thinking all these things through. So make sure you know all about your furry friend by reading the advice and information here.

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