Where Should You Put Your Pocket Pet’s Cage?

Have you recently decided to adopt a pocket pet? Hamsters, Guinea pigs, gerbils, and other pocket pets are very popular and beloved pets. There are many benefits to choosing a tiny animal as your pet. These little furballs don’t need to be walked, are fairly inexpensive, and won’t scratch your furniture or dig up your yard. Much of how happy and healthy your little furball is will depend on how well his cage is set up. In this article, your local Grandview veterinarian discusses some things to consider when deciding where to put your pocket pet’s cage.

Temperature

One thing to keep in mind is that small animals are quite delicate. Temperatures that are comfortable to us may be too hot or too cold for your tiny furball. Never place your furry buddy’s cage in a drafty area. You’ll also want to avoid placing your pet’s cage in direct sunlight, or near a heater. Hamsters and Guinea pigs do best in a temperature range of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, while gerbils have an ideal range of 68 to 77. Rabbits need cooler air, and are most comfortable between 50 and 70 degrees.

Noise Levels

Noise level is another thing to consider when deciding where to put your little furball’s cage. Hamsters and other small animals are often uneasy in noisy areas. Avoid placing your pet’s cage too close to a TV or stereo, and definitely don’t put him near your teenage son’s drum kit! Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that some pocket pets are nocturnal. Hamsters, for instance, are much more active at night. Unless you’re a night owl, your bedroom may not be the best place for your little furball, because he may be at his liveliest while you’re trying to sleep. Many pets are happiest in a spot where they can watch and listen to their human families, such as a family room or living room.

Other Pets

Small animals must always be wary of possible predators, so it’s understandable that a tiny furball might find it hard to relax with a cat or dog sniffing around his house. Keep your little one’s cage well out of the reach of any other pets.

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