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Choosing a Guinea Pig as a Pet

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Guinea pigs are fantastic little critters to have as pets. These intelligent little rodents are not only easy keepers, they are entertaining and fun to watch.  However, choosing a guinea pig can be a bit challenging as each breed has very different personalities, grooming requirements, and feeding requirements. Before you run out to pick one up as a pet, make sure you understand their individual needs and what you'll need before committing to any adorable guinea pig.

To begin with, you should consider adopting a guinea pig rather than purchasing one from a store. Most shelters have many of these little guys up for adoption. If you're looking to adopt for a child, this is even more important as you will have the added advantage of teaching your son or daughter about the importance of saving a life. Humane education is an area where most children are seriously lacking, so it's really up to the parent to teach their children about the responsibilities of pets and how to care for them.

Guinea pigs will require routine maintenance, which means cleaning their cages out at least once a day and grooming them regularly. How frequently they will need to be groomed depends largely on the length of their fur. Be sure you read the profiles of each type of guinea pig, which we have listed in our guinea pig section.

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Choosing a Ferret as a Pet

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Ferrets are intelligent, mischievous members of the"mustilidae" family, which means they are cousins with mink, weasels, skunks and even the European polecat. These little guys capture our hearts with their antics and are a great addition to any home (as long as you don't live in New York, California, Hawaii or Washington D.C. where ferrets are outlawed). Before you think about purchasing or adopting a ferret, be sure you check your local laws as well as the laws and regulations at local levels (including your home owners association).

If you've done your homework and you think you're ready to add one of these charismatic creatures to your home, we have a host of articles to help you integrate them into your family and keep them healthy. Remember that a ferret's normal lifespan is 7-9 years, so you need to be sure you're ready to commit that time to this entertaining and affectionate pet.

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A Guide to Basic Rabbit Care

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While people don’t normally consider rabbits as companion animals, domestic rabbits are surprisingly affectionate and sociable. Just like cats and dogs, rabbits will follow you around, sit with you and beg for treats. They can even be clicker-trained to jump over obstacles and come when they’re called. But, just like dogs and cats, there are a number of things you need to consider before you decide to adopt a rabbit. (Be sure to take a look at our rabbit adoption resources before you consider purchasing one!)

Housing Your Rabbit

Different breeds of rabbits will have different housing requirements based on their size. While a dwarf rabbit only grows to about 2 pounds and needs only 3 square feet of space, Flemish giants can reach over 20 pounds and need 12 more square feet of room. Be sure to check what size requirements your rabbit needs and choose a cage that is appropriate. Many pet stores and websites sell well-made cages and even “bunny condominiums”. If you have the skill, you can even try building your own house for your rabbit. Several websites have instructions for doing this.

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Choosing a Rabbit as a Pet

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Rabbits make excellent pets for just about any home, but there are a few things you should ensure you're ready for before adopting. In this section, we discuss the pros and cons of bunny adoption, what type of diet they require, health concerns that you should consider, and how to make sure your home is "critter-proof". We also provide a Bunny Adoption Checklist so you that you can make sure you're ready.

There are several species of rabbits and not every one of them make great pets, so please take a look at our section on rabbits as well as our health section, which details the major health issues of these delicate little guys.

Bringing a bunny into your home is a big commitment that you shouldn't take lightly. With lifespans ranging from 7-12 years, it's important you're in it for the long haul. With proper care and lots of love, your bunny can be as affectionate as your dog and as entertaining as your cat.

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