Pets bring a lot of joy to their owners: they delight, they comfort, and they enchant. But while most people opt for either cats or dogs, there are others who prefer ‘small-ish’ pets for a reason. And that is because, for them, they are easier to care for.
However, small as they are, they sometimes meet the same fate as some cats and dogs: they get disposed of or abandoned and it is a sad story that can be often heard or seen on the Internet or in animal shelters.
To avoid such scenarios, would-be owners have to get to know their potential pets. They have to read about proper care and must-do things in case they are no longer capable of caring for them. Here are some information to start with:
What Are Pocket Pets?
“Pocket pet” is the term used to refer to small, exotic animals like guinea pigs. There are other pets that fall under this category as well, such as sugar gliders, hamsters, squirrels, and hedgehogs.
Among the many pocket pets, guinea pigs are one of the most popular. It is because they are relatively easy to care for and that there are plenty of knowledgeable pet lovers who could offer information to new owners.
Here’s an interesting trivia about guinea pigs. Also known as cavies and piggies, these animals are so well-liked that they even got featured in a statue in Germany!
Are They Disposable?
It is a big “NO” to dispose of guinea pigs. Just like cats and dogs, piggies need love and care too. These lovely little creatures have an average lifespan of 4 to 8 years. With proper care and nourishment, they can live up to 10 years.
How to Take Good Care of Pocket Pets
There are many things an owner must take into account when owning a pocket pet, but the most important things to consider are:
Lastly, guinea pigs need to have fun, too! But then again, playing with them doesn’t have to be expensive. There are ingenious toys that a piggy parent can create at home, at no or little cost! Just look for how-to-guides all over the web.
Boarding or Rehoming Pocket Pets
For short-term separation, there are pet centers that accept piggies for boarding. But in the case that owners are no longer able to take care of them, rehoming is the best option. There are adoption centers specifically for guinea pigs, like Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue.
Thus, instead of boarding pets for intermittent periods, surrendering them is better to avoid them becoming confused and distrusting.
Owning a pet is a commitment. Hence, would-be owners must understand that even though they’re small, pocket pets still require attention outside of feeding, bathing, and cage cleaning. They would need them to look out for their well-being and to learn to trust them.