Small Pets

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Ferrets

Ferrets can make very friendly pets. They’re generally very clean, playful and are ideal for older children.

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Mice

Mice can make very friendly pets, but do not attempt to keep wild mice! Domesticated mice come in a wide variety of colours.

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Gerbils

Gerbils are from a wide variety of places, from Africa through to the Middle East and Asia.

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Dwarf Hamsters

Dwarf hamsters are split into three different breeds: Russian, Chinese and Roborovski. They originated in parts of Europe and Asia.

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Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs (also known as ‘Cavies’) originate from South America (where they are still considered a staple food source), but were domesticated and brought to Europe in the 16th century.

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Rats

Rats can make very friendly pets. They’re generally very clean, highly intelligent and are ideal for older children.

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Degus

Degus are native to northern and central Chile. They are diurnal, which means that they are active during the day, and throughout the year.

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Syrian Hamsters

Syrian hamsters (sometimes known as golden hamsters) originated in parts of Europe and Asia.

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Chinchillas

Chinchillas originated in the Andes Mountains of South America. They have been trapped to near extinction for their luxurious fur. They are now a popular pet in the UK.