Pocket Pet is a term used to refer to any small mammal commonly kept as a household pet
From the moment you hold a soft ball of fluff cupped in your hands, you’re smitten!
Their nose twitches and their whiskers wiggle, while shiney eyes are fixed on you – this small and fragile furry bundle of love has put their Total Faith and Trust in you.
Welcome to the world of Pocket Pets!
All children need supervision until they gain experience caring for their new pet. Encourage children to sit on the floor with pet while they are holding them, to avoid any injuries to your Pocket Pet.
The six general criteria which qualify an animal to be considered a Pocket Pet are:
- Its commonality as a domestic housepet
- No potential danger to humans or other animals
- Overall ease of care & feeding
- Calm and gentle disposition making it suitable as a "companion" pet
- Relatively small stature
The most common Pocket Pets include:
- Guinea Pigs
- Sugar Gliders
Sugar Gliders were introduced to America as domesticated pets almost 20 years ago and today their popularity is booming.
Pocket Pets are cute and as much as you want to cuddle them you should use some care when you handle your Pocket Pets. They should be approached Slow and Never Startle them because they can nip when frightened. If your pet is asleep, wake him gently and let him adjust himself before you pick him up.
Pocket pets require just as much care and responsibility as their larger sized animal friends!
One of the most important things you can provide for your furry friend is a Safe and Comfortable Home! Your pocket pet needs some nice, soft bedding to curl up in and nest. There are all kinds of bedding available at pet stores, though the most common types are shredded or shaved pine and cedar. Bedding should be:
- Dust Free
- Can be Transformed into a nest or tunnel
Be careful with shredded newspaper, which can have high levels of printers ink and other chemicals; cedar can be a good choice for reducing cage odor!
You can give your pet a better environment by keeping him comfortable and active with accessories:
- "Hide Box" – a small box, tube, or other enclosed area where your pet can conceal himself will make him feel safe and comfortable.
- Hollow Rolling Balls with latching lids
and other toys are available that can let your pet exercise.
Make sure your Pet is Safe and Cannot Get Trapped!
Also make sure that the toys are made out of metal or durable plastic so your furry friend can’t chew and eat them. You can buy chewing blocks made out of wood or very dense pressed plant fibers for rodents.
Dinner should be fresh, high-quality commercial pellets or feed blocks, designed for each species of pocket pet, which provides them complete nutrition. They are widely available at pet stores and some grocery. Much like people with junk food, pets will pick out and eat the seeds that taste good to them, generally choosing the ones that are highest in fat and lowest in nutrients. This can lead to problems like:
- Skin problems
For a healthier treats you can supplement your small pet’s diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, if you decide to change your pet’s diet, do it gradually - sudden dietary changes can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
Be sure to feed your Pocket Pet pellets made specifically for its species!
Different kinds of pocket pets have very different nutritional needs and need fresh, clean water available to them 24 hours a day.
Finally, make sure your Pocket Pet gets to see the doctor, just like cats and dogs Pocket Pets should visit the veterinarian for an annual checkup.
They don’t require vaccinations, but they should be weighed and examined for signs of any problems because Pocket Pets’ entire lives are only two to eight years, so they age at a high rate, approximately each years is forty human years.
You will have bright eyes and a twitching nose to keep you company for a long time to come!