Chinchillas, Rats, & Hamsters
Small pets are easy to keep, and don't cost as much to
keep as bigger pets. They can eat food supplied by pet shops. The cage must be
cleaned regularly, and the water & feeding dishes washed.
Chinchillas are small animals - like a cross between a rabbit &
a mouse! They have short rounded ears & long fluffy tails. There are a variety of
chinchilla colours available. Chinchillas are not aggressive towards
humans. They will rather shy away than attack. They will bite if grabbed
unexpectedly or frightened. They were first bred for their fur coats but
that practice is banned in most countries in the world, however it does
continue in some countries. They originated in South America.
They are very sweet pets and get very tame with
handling and attention. They will take treats from your hand and sit on
your shoulder or lap. They are very easy animals to keep and they only eat
chinchilla pellets and special treats for chinchillas. They eat about
a tablespoon of food a day making them quite economical to own. They are
nocturnal and make good pets for people who work as they only require
attention in the evenings. They do not require grooming, but do like to
have a sand bath every day. Children's play pen sand can be used for them
to bath in. They have a very long life span and can live to be 20 years
and older. So anyone purchasing one must realise it is a long term
||Puff, a white
chinchilla, is a rare Royal Persian Angora.
||Silver, a white mosaic chinchilla
Care of hamsters
Hamsters make clean, easy to keep pets. They will live
happily in a cage or chew-proof box as long as they have an exercise
wheel. Hamsters like to creep out at night when the house is quiet. They
like to have a place to hide during the day and will make a nest with wood
shavings or shredded paper. The bedding should be removed
periodically and the cage washed. Take the hamsters out first and put them
in an escape-proof container! Put a little of the old bedding back along
with the new bedding, so they have a familiar smell. They may be shy & hide when strangers
are in the house, but they become very tame if the owner handles them.
Hamsters like to eat seeds, for
example, canary or budgie seed. They will eat sunflower seeds, but don't
give them too many. They also like a bit of greenery, for example, grass, chickweed
or a tiny bit of cabbage. Too much can cause diarrhoea. Avoid
iceberg lettuce. They will eat most vegetables and fruit (not citrus).
Remove uneaten fresh food daily, or it will go foul. Remember that a
hamster's tummy is tiny! A tiny dog or cat biscuit will give them
something to gnaw.
Russian dwarf hamster
Rats make entertaining pets. They
can be kept in a large bird cage,
or two cages connected with a tunnel. They will eat almost anything but
rat food can be got from a pet shop. They like deep litter to hide in,
eg shredded paper. The cage and feeding dishes should be cleaned
regularly. Drinking water can be provided by an inverted test-tube with
a dropper. This ensures that no dirt gets in the water. Rat breeders
often provide a pedigree to prove which breed of rat it is.
Mice, rats, and most little creatures have been
domesticated by man and are now kept as pets. When God created these
animals, He warned man not to eat them. In the Bible there is a whole
list of animals, birds, and reptiles that are "unclean" and
that we are not to eat, including four footed animals that walk on paws
(cats & dogs presumably are included) see Leviticus chapter 1. Wild
rats and other rodents can carry parasites that can be deadly to man.
God warns us not to touch the carcass of dead wild rodents. God gave us
these laws for our health and for the preservation of the animal