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Great Beginner Pets: Rodents

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Brittany Banks loves animals. She has experience with this type of animal and likes to share how to take care of it.


A rodent is a great beginner pet for all ages even young children. It will teach them responsibility at a young age and rodents are very easy to take care of. They do not have much requirements compared to dogs, cats, or reptiles. They are adorable animals that are fun to take care of as well. Before you think about getting a new pet, always do your research before adopting or buying one. Cats and some dogs are a predator of the rodent family, so be careful. Make sure you purchase a secure cage, so your rodent doesn't escape. Let's go on to talk about what rodents would make great beginner pets.



Hamsters make great pets and are easy to take care of. They can bite when threatened, so be careful. Some of them do like to be held, but always have supervision when handling a hamster. You also have the option to buy a hamster ball for your hamster to roll around in. Be careful if you do have a dog or cat, because they might be able to open the hamster ball and you really don't want to see what will happen next.


- Simple to take care of.

- Friendly when they want to be.

- Cheap to feed.

- Cheap cage set up.

- Great for small children


- Can and will bite when threatened.

- Short life span.

- Will need to clean cage often

- They can get sick easily.

- They will sleep during the day and will be awake at night. They can be noisy so place the cage in a different room where you don't sleep.



Rats make awesome pets and they are highly intelligent animals. Most people are grossed out by rats and believe they can attract rabies and other diseases. Outside rats can, but if you get one through captivity than you will be fine. They do require a bigger cage set up and toys to keep their mind sharp. They do love to be held, but they can bite when threatened.


- They are very smart.

- Love to be held.

- Can teach them tricks.

- Cheap to feed.


- Can get a tumor which is common in most rats.

- Short life span

- Requires a bigger cage than others. This could be a good thing or a bad thing for you.

- Can bite when threatened. Never hold them by the tail.


Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs make awesome pets and are very common to own, because children love them. They also can have a friend, so you can have two of them if they are the same gender and preferably from the same litter. They do love to be held and they can be entertaining.


- Easy to take care of.

- Love to be held.

- They can be a variety of colors.

- Can get along with other guinea pigs.

- Cheap to feed.


- They do require a bigger cage set up which can be expensive.

- You will need to clean the cage often.

- Stinky poop.

- They can be noisy especially at night so you will need to place the cage in an area where you don't sleep.

Which rodent would you like to own or that you already own?

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      peachy 3 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I used to have hamsters when I was working but they didn't live long because I kept them in the office, died due to environment

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never owned rats or hamsters. My animals tend to run a little larger. :) Good information, especially for kids.