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Choosing a Small Pet

Choosing the Right Small Pet

Small PetHow Big?Lives to beEatsExperience Level
Guinea PigUp to 12"5-8 yearsHay, pellets, fresh fruits & veggiesBeginner
GerbilApprox. 4" body plus 4" tailUp to 3 yearsPellets, fresh fruit & veggiesBeginner
Fancy Rat7-10" body plus 6-8" tailApprox. 2 yearsPellets, fresh fruit & veggiesBeginner
Fancy Mouse2-3"Approx. 1-2 yearsPellets, fresh fruit & veggiesBeginner
Chinchilla9-10" body plus 6" tailApprox. 10 yearsPellets, fresh fruit & veggiesBeginner-Intermediate
Syrian Hamster5-7"Up to 2 yearsPellets, fresh fruits & veggiesBeginner
Dwarf Hamster3-4"Up to 2 yearsPellets, fresh fruits & veggiesBeginner
RabbitApprox. 2-10 lbs.6-13 yearsHay, pellets, fresh fruits & veggiesBeginner-Intermediate

Tips for Choosing a Small Pet

  1. The smaller the pet, the greater the chance it can escape. Keep this in mind when choosing a pet for young children.
  2. Like most small pets, Guinea Pigs are generally very easy to care for – but they do require vitamin C supplements, which means one extra step when feeding them.
  3. If you have children under five, keep in mind that they will need to be closely supervised when handling small pets. Most small pets can bite if they’re dropped or hurt in any way.
  4. Do you have a dog or cat? Rodents can quickly become prey and should never be allowed to play with cats or dogs – both of which have also been known to knock over habitats to get to small pets.


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  • Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.
  • Specific standards for in-store pet care.
  • The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.
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