Adopt, don't shop. Instead of purchasing a gerbil from a pet store, which creates demand for breeding more, please adopt a gerbil…or gerbils…from your local animal shelter. Small animals are frequently brought to shelters when other people give them up, and you will be saving lives by adopting from a shelter.
Unlike mice, hamsters do not enjoy the company of their fellows, except to produce more hamsters. A related animal, the dwarf hamster, may be kept in groups in places where they are legal pets. A related animal, the dwarf hamster, may be kept in groups in places where they are legal pets.
Most North American pet hedgehogs,typically called African pygmy hedgehogs,were bredfrom African species and are considered domesticated. These little animals can make terrific companions when housed and fed appropriately, and their popularity appears to be increasing. But hedgehogs are not meant for everyone.
The most common type of mouse available as a pet is the domestic pet mouse. These pet mice have been selectively bred to enhance the desirable qualities of the mice. There are also spiny mice, which are desert creatures that are a bit trickier to care for, but for our purposes, we will discuss the ordinary domestic mouse.
Sugar gliders are popular exotic pets. They're small, cute, and unique little animals. But just as you would with any other exotic pet, a potential sugar glider owner should be aware of the care requirements and personality traits of a sugar glider before getting one.