The Peaks & Pitfalls of Raising Rodents

Lifespan

One of the saddest parts of keeping rodents is that they don’t live terribly long. Mice, rats, and hamsters all have a lifespan of just 2-3 years. Gerbils live for an average of 3-5 years. Guinea pigs and degus live longer, for an average of 5-7 years. It can sound like a lot on day one, but as you grow to love your pet, you’ll find that the days pass very quickly.

If you develop an affinity for a particular type of rodent, know that there will be many sad goodbyes over the years.

Rodents make wonderful pets. They are easy to keep and bond with their owners. However, like any pet, rodents will need veterinary care. Keeping their enclosure clean can be labor intensive, too. But as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort, you’ll find yourself rewarded with a unique and sweet friendship with your furry little buddy.

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