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Keeping pet rodents

Pet rodents behave just like their wild cousins, which means they can be challenging to look after. Owning and caring for a pet rodent is great fun and very rewarding, but it's also a big responsibility and commitment in terms of care and finances. From mice and rats to gerbils and chinchillas, rodents have very different needs, so it's important to research what your particular small furries need.

Remember, some rodents kept as pets are classified as 'non-domestic' animals and meeting their specific needs can be very difficult. Read our pet care advice on degus and chipmunks by clicking on the care sheets below.

a female domestic top-eared rat held by a human hand © RSPCA

Pet care advice for rodents

As with all our pet care advice, our experts regularly review our rodent section to make sure we're bringing you all the up-to-date information you need on your pet rodent of choice. Click the links below to find out more about your chosen pet, and don't forget to keep checking back to burrow through the latest information!

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