Cute and Furry Mammals Pt.2


Chipmunks are extremely lively and entertaining as pets, but keepers do need to start handling them from a young age to ensure that they do not get frightened or stressed when handled. Being very agile and playful chipmunks require ample space which is very secure as they will find a way out if the opportunity arises.
Chipmunks will store food, but thankfully only the dry seeds, grain and nuts, preferring to nibble on bits of fresh fruit (any discarded should be removed from their habitat to avoid mould growth) as it is offered. They can have preferences as to which fruit/vegetables they like, so it could be trial and error until you get it right. Chipmunks have a lifespan of approximately 3 years.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs have an average lifespan of 5-7 years and when grown can reach a size of about 10 inches long and weigh 2-3 pounds. They have a gentle nature and make good pets for children, but need a large housing area and preferably should be kept in (same sex) pairs. They do require a little more effort than some pet rodents, as apart from vegetables and hay, they also require a sufficient amount of vitamin C in their diets.
Guinea pigs may be active for up to 20 hours per day and can survive with very little sleep and when awake can be often heard 'chattering', they should be given a daily play time, where they can be put into a run to get some exercise and to play, but the best place for your pet Guinea pig to be placed is inside the house in the warm, where it can hear and interact with you.


Having a pet mouse can be entertaining as they tend to be active and playful, although they do not always like having human interaction and can be quite timid and skittish. Mice can be fed on pellets or fruit and vegetables and you will soon find out which foods your pet mouse prefers. Generally they are quite easy to look after and with careful handling can become tamed.
The average life expectancy of a pet mouse is from 1 to 3 years; during that time, they require attention and play, loving nothing more than to have things to climb in, on or through. Mice are sociable creatures and like to have companionship, but it preferable to keep female mice together rather than male who could fight, mixed sex cages are not advised due to their prolific breeding habits.


Rats make extremely rewarding pets and, once accustomed to their keeper can prove to be particularly affectionate little creatures. Living an average of 2 to 4 years, rats are very easy to handle, become very tame quickly and have an intelligence which outweighs other rodents. Rats enjoy human companionship and can even be taught to respond to commands and be taught tricks.
A diet of rat or rabbit mix, dry dog biscuits, titbits of fruit and veg or table scraps and plenty of fresh clean water. Rats love to come out of their cages to play and get exercise - but watch out for them nibbling cables, etc;