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Owning a Small Animal

Welcome to the delightful world of small pets! At Gladwell’s Pet, we believe (in fact, we know!) that owning a small animal can bring immense joy and companionship into your life. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or looking to add a new member to your family, small animals make excellent pets, especially for those in smaller living spaces or with busy lifestyles.

It’s important to remember at times like Easter that even small pets have a range of very big needs. When deciding to add any pet to your family it’s vital to consider who will care for the pet, what adjustments need to be made in or outside your home and if the animal requires extra companionship or attention as well as the financial responsibility. Remember – a Rabbit is forever, not just for Easter!

Why Choose a Small Pet?

Owning a small animal is rewarding in many ways. These pets are generally easier to care for than larger animals, making them ideal for new pet owners or those with limited space, like flats or smaller houses. They can provide companionship without the need for extensive outdoor space and are often less expensive to care for than larger pets. Small pets can also be good for families with children as caring for a pet can help with teaching children responsibility, trust, respect, and patience.

Let’s explore some of the most popular small pets and find the perfect one for you.


2 black and white rats

Rats: Intelligent and Affectionate Companions

Rats are often underrated as pets, but they are incredibly intelligent and sociable creatures. They form strong bonds with their owners and can even be taught tricks! Rats are ideal for those who appreciate an interactive pet but may have limited space.




brown and white pet Guinea Pig

Guinea Pigs: The Gentle and Vocal Little Friends

Guinea pigs are known for their gentle nature and charming vocalisations (squeaks). They are perfect for families with children, teaching responsibility and compassion. Their manageable size and minimal space requirements make them ideal for smaller homes. However, it’s best to get guinea pigs in pairs as they’re social animals who rely on social interaction with other guinea pigs for them to thrive.



Orange and white Hamster

Hamsters: The Classic, Low-Maintenance Pet

Hamsters are a classic choice for those new to owning a small animal. They are nocturnal, so they can be a great match for people with a daytime job or school. Their ease of care and space efficiency make them suitable for slightly smaller living environments.



Chinchilla eating a hazelnut

Chinchillas: The Soft and Exotic Choice

Chinchillas boast incredibly soft fur and are known for their playful and curious nature. They are a bit more exotic – native to the Andes Mountains in South America. they require a cooler environment, making them a unique choice for an enthusiastic pet owner. They’re clean, quiet, and attractive little rodents.



Rabbit eating green leaves

Rabbits: The Friendly and Social Hoppers

Rabbits are popular small pets due to their friendly and social nature. They require a bit more space for hopping but are great for families. Rabbits can even be litter-trained, adding to their appeal and growing popularity as indoor pets.



Pet Australian Degu

Degus: The Charming and Active Little Ones

Degus are small, active, and sociable, making them fascinating pets. They thrive in pairs or small groups and are known for their playful behaviour. They’re perfect for those who enjoy watching dynamic pet interactions. Though do require more attention than others listed here.


Ferret in Cage


Ferrets: The Playful and Mischievous Companions

Ferrets are known for their playful and inquisitive nature. They are wonderfully entertaining but do require a bit more attention and space to roam. Ideal for active individuals or families who can provide interaction and play.


Gerbil in bedding

Gerbils: The Hardy and Curious Pets

Gerbils are robust and active pets, known for their curious nature. They are relatively easy to care for and can be a good choice for older children or adults looking for a low-maintenance pet.




Visit Gladwell’s Pet – Your Partner in Small Pet Ownership

Once you’ve found your perfect small animal for a pet, visit Gladwell’s Pet Local Stores or browse our small animal products online. Our knowledgeable staff are here to provide you with helpful information and quality products to start your journey in owning a small animal. At Gladwell’s Pet, we’re committed to helping you and your new furry friend enjoy a happy and healthy life together!

Please note: We do not sell live animals in our stores at any time of year. We advise contacting local rescue centres or reputable breeders that have expert knowledge in caring for and rehoming animals.

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