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Tips for Handling Your Pocket Pet

Have you recently adopted a Guinea pig, hamster, or gerbil? These cute furballs can make super cute pets! Smaller animals are very fragile and delicate, however, and are also often quite timid. You’ll want to take care to handle your pet properly, to avoid scaring or hurting your tiny pal. Below, a Poway, CA vet offers some tips for handling small animals.

Let Your Furball Get Comfortable

Don’t try to handle your new buddy right away. Tiny furballs are often prey animals in the wild, so they can be easily frightened. Give your furry pal time to settle in and to learn to trust you. Offer the little one treats to help him form a positive association.

Announce Yourself

Never scoop up your petite pet from behind, especially while they’re sleeping. As one can imagine, getting suddenly swooped up into the air while you’re asleep can be pretty frightening! Always approach your little pal from the front, and make sure they’re awake and aware of your presence.

Safe Travels

We recommend sitting or kneeling when handling or petting your furry pal. It’s very easy for a small furball to get frightened and fall. If you’re close to the ground, the drop will be quite a bit shorter, so your adorable tiny buddy is much less likely to get injured.

Proper Holding Techniques

Do some research to learn how to properly hold your pocket pet. Your four-legged pal could be seriously hurt if you hold him the wrong way! For instance, if you have a hamster, gerbil, or mouse, hold the little guy so he is cupped in the palm of your hand. If your pint-sized pet has a tail, never pick him up by it. This can seriously hurt your furry friend! Ask your vet for more specific instructions.

Quality Time

Just like any other pet, pocket pets need to feel loved, safe, and secure to truly thrive. You’ll want to spend time with your furry pal every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. This will help keep your little buddy tame, friendly, and sociable. Making sure your adorable friend has a clean, comfy habitat and is getting a good, nutritious diet is also important.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health, behavior, or care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Poway, CA animal hospital, anytime.

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